9 Ways to Save Big on Parking Costs

June 14, 2018

Have you ever given thought to how much money you spend just placing your car on a spot of land? When you think about it, paying to park is an enormous waste of money. Yet we do it anyway, and we often make matters much worse by being careless about how we park. Parking fees and tickets can be a killer to your budget. But you can avoid parking costs…

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5 Common Habits of Retirement-Savvy Savers

June 14, 2018

Here’s some good news for anyone behind on retirement savings: Being a smart saver isn’t difficult. There’s no magic secret to getting it right. Once you understand the rules of the game, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to manage your money wisely as you navigate through life. Here are some standard practices that every retirement-savvy saver lives by. Let them inspire and guide you during your own…

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8 Non-Finance Skills That Will Make You a Money Master

June 14, 2018

When it comes to winning in the world of money, I’m a firm believer in the power of the liberal arts. Sometimes, a broad base of knowledge can serve you better than a narrow set of skills in mathematics, business, or investing. So buck up, theater majors and graduates of the School of Hard Knocks; here are eight non-finance skills that will make you a money master. 1. Self-awareness Socrates…

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Woman’s on the Hook for a $25,000 Student Loan She Never Knew Existed

June 4, 2016

By MANDI WOODRUFF Alice Cortes, 57, would be able to end her $25,000 student loan nightmare if only she could answer one question: Who is Jorge Torres? According to private student lender Sallie Mae, Torres was listed as a co-signer on the $13,000 Parents PLUS loan they issued to Cortes on behalf of her son, Brandon, in 2002. At the time, Brandon had enrolled to study IT network administration at…

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Europe Teeters on the Edge of Recession

May 29, 2016

By PAN PYLAS LONDON — Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17-country euro bloc, official figures showed Tuesday. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, revealed that the economies of both the eurozone and the wider 27-country EU shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 percent in the second quarter of the year. In the first quarter, output for both regions was…

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck: Personal Finance for the 40%

May 23, 2016

Prev1 of 2Next Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder It’s pretty likely that you’ve kept an eye on how close payday is before, but have you ever had to create a game plan for how to make it until your next paycheck hits your account? If it feels like your money gets spent before you even see it, you’re not alone: According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 40% of Americans say they rely…

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Feds Cut Social Security to Retirees Who Owe Student Debt

May 15, 2016

By Mandi Woodruff While most attention in the ongoing student debt crisis narrative has focused on new graduates, it turns out the federal government has been quietly targeting a different group of debtors: retirees. The Treasury Department has been withholding as much as 15 percent of Social Security benefits from “a rapidly growing number of Social Security recipients who have fallen behind on federal student loans,” Smart Money’s Annamaria Andriotis…

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The Most Depressing Student Loan Stories

April 21, 2016

By Mandi Woodruff With total student loan debt long past the $1 billion mark, activists are doing all they can to put as many faces on the crisis as possible. Their mission is simple: To convince Congress student loan debt should be dischargeable through personal bankruptcy. “We want the world and our leaders in Washington to see these are not just numbers on a piece of paper,” says Robert Applebaum,…

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His Financial Goals: Saving More and Paying Down Credit Card Debt

March 8, 2016

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives, even those of us who are paid to write and think about money on a daily basis. To that end, the editors at DailyFinance and other AOL sites shared their 2013 goals with personal finance expert Jean Chatzky. Today she offers some tips to help AOL Real Estate editor-in-chief Graham Wood, who wants to be more disciplined about saving…

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2013 Money Resolutions: 3 Tales From the Personal Financial Trenches

March 5, 2016

Prev1 of 3Next Nearly half of Americans considered setting a financial New Year’s resolution for 2013, according to a survey conducted by Fidelity Investments. Encouragingly, the survey also found that, last year, resolve to keep financial resolutions hit an all-time high, with 62 percent of people saying they kept to the financial resolutions they made in 2012. We’re almost a month into 2013, and however well you’re doing with your…

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