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How to Save for a Wedding in a Year (or Less)

by Kevin Mercadante April 30, 2013

Just how much does the average wedding cost today? $10,000? $20,000? $50,000? In point of fact, a wedding can cost whatever you want it to cost. But if you’re interested in statistics as a means of comparison, the average wedding in America today costs about $27,800 (according to The Knot). That’s a lot of money to [...]

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15 Cheap Ways to Treat Yourself

by Emily Guy Birken April 25, 2013

One thing people often get wrong about frugality is thinking that it will be a long slog of painful denial. Since you’re attempting to spend less money, that means all luxuries are off the table. There are two problems with this way of thinking: First, if you believe that frugality is a painful struggle, then [...]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Roth 401(k)

by April 22, 2013

The Roth 401(k) is a relatively new option for retirement investing and an interesting mix of two different types of accounts: the regular tax-deferred 401(k) and the Roth IRA. Is it the right option for your retirement investing? As with any investing choice there are pros and cons to each account and investment. Let’s look at [...]

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How to Acquire Baby Clothes for Less

by Emily Guy Birken April 18, 2013

One of the joys of impending parenthood is getting to stroll through the baby clothing aisle of your local department store, exclaiming over and over how cute and tiny each outfit is. Unfortunately, that joy is short-lived once you reach for the price tag. While baby clothes are certainly cheaper than their adult counterparts, they [...]

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How to Safely Hide Cash in Your Home

by Kevin Mercadante April 17, 2013

There are any number of reasons why you may want to hide cash in your home. Banking developments in Cyprus and in other European countries might make you concerned about potential bank closings, and the need to have at least some cash on hand in the event that were to happen. You may also worry [...]

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America Saves Week

by February 26, 2013

On average, Americans don’t save enough money. According to the 2012 Annual National Survey Assessing Household Savings, almost one in three Americans don’t have enough money set aside to cover a small emergency, such as a car repair or doctor visit. And almost half are unprepared for retirement. Raising public awareness of these issues was the [...]

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Gift Card Scams and Frauds to Watch Out For

by Emily Guy Birken December 13, 2012

Everybody loves a gift card: gift-givers searching for the perfect present, gift-recipients who get to pick out exactly what they want, and scammers—who are always looking for a way to make a shady buck. For the most part, purchasing a gift card is perfectly safe for you and for the merchant. However, there are a [...]

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