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13 smart moves to set yourself up for financial success
13 smart moves to set yourself up for financial success Money & Credit May 26, 2017
Finally having a steady income can be exciting — sometimes a little too exciting. It's easy to get into financial trouble in…
3 rules for buying gold
3 rules for buying gold Money & Credit May 26, 2017
Humans are pack animals. We tend to go with the herd more often than not — even if we think…
Warning: 3 big problems with Visa gift cards
Warning: 3 big problems with Visa gift cards Money & Credit May 24, 2017
When you’re looking to buy someone a gift but don’t know what to get, money expert Clark Howard wants you…
How to pick the right pre-paid card
How to pick the right pre-paid card Money & Credit May 22, 2017
You see them when you go into drug stores, gas stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, discount stores, you name it. They’re…
Moving to one of these 9 states could save you thousands
Moving to one of these 9 states could save you thousands Money & Credit May 19, 2017
Each year, taxpayers pay trillions in income taxes. In fact, the government collected approximately $3 trillion last year. If you’re…
10 free or cheap Social Security calculators to help you plan retirement
10 free or cheap Social Security calculators to help you plan retirement Money & Credit May 18, 2017
The question of when to take Social Security is a vexing one. If you claim your benefit too early, you…
11 retirement planning tips for people in their 60s
11 retirement planning tips for people in their 60s Money & Credit May 17, 2017
Congratulations! You've reached your 60s. Now you have a great retirement to look forward to — wait, you say you…
10 ways you can be as frugal as famous billionaires
10 ways you can be as frugal as famous billionaires Money & Credit May 16, 2017
Think the super rich spend their money freely on anything they want? Think again. Read more: 5 frugal activities that…
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7 ways to save more for retirement in your 50s Money & Credit May 16, 2017
A lot of people get a later start in life when it comes to saving. It's human nature that most…
8 money lessons from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
8 money lessons from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Budgeting & Saving May 15, 2017
As a personal finance writer, I believe that money lessons can be found just about anywhere. That’s how I’ve come…
7 top money tips every college graduate needs to know
7 top money tips every college graduate needs to know Money & Credit May 15, 2017
While senior year of college is hectic, it’s crucial for new grads to stay on top of their finances. Sure, you…
5 ways to spring clean your finances
5 ways to spring clean your finances Money & Credit May 11, 2017
You know this is the time for spring cleaning — but do you wonder why? The origins of this tradition…
5 ways to catch up on retirement savings
5 ways to catch up on retirement savings Saving For Retirement May 11, 2017
Worried about your retirement nest egg? It’s normal for someone nearing retirement to question how much they have saved —…
Nearly 25% of Americans are making this costly money mistake
Nearly 25% of Americans are making this costly money mistake Money & Credit May 10, 2017
While stashing money under your mattress in college probably worked fine, if you want to build long-term wealth, that's not…
Raise your credit score with these pro tips
Raise your credit score with these pro tips Money & Credit May 9, 2017
As soon as I finish sending my tax information to my accountant each year, I turn my attention to another…
The best investment companies for your money
The best investment companies for your money Money & Credit May 9, 2017
Ready to open your first brokerage account and start investing for your future? Here's what you need to know... Investing…
This simple list could save you if your credit cards are ever stolen
This simple list could save you if your credit cards are ever stolen Credit & Debit Cards May 8, 2017
All year long, Clark.com’s Michael Timmermann is sharing quick and easy ways to save money as part of our Michael Saves…
9 steps for disputing a mistake on your credit report
9 steps for disputing a mistake on your credit report Money & Credit May 8, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that some 5% of Americans have errors on their credit reports that can result in adverse…
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Save $1,000 with the 12-week money challenge Money & Credit May 5, 2017
Need a quick and easy way to save some big-time cash in a short period? Look no further than this…
Automatic billing glitch overcharges woman by $142,000: How to prevent it from happening to you
Automatic billing glitch overcharges woman by $142,000: How to prevent it from happening to you Money & Credit May 4, 2017
Customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, known as Florida Blue, are facing some serious financial damage after…
6 easy money tips for forgetful and unorganized people
6 easy money tips for forgetful and unorganized people Money & Credit May 4, 2017
I forget everything. I think it's a combination of my way-too-busy schedule and some gene I inherited from my dad, but…
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Want to be a happier bank customer? Visit a branch! Money & Credit May 3, 2017
We all know mobile banking is more prevalent than ever. J.D. Power estimates that 49% of millennials, 31% of Gen…
9 ways to keep costs down at home while you’re away on vacation
9 ways to keep costs down at home while you’re away on vacation Money & Credit May 2, 2017
When the subject of frugal vacationing comes up, the focus is understandably on the cost of the actual vacation. You know, the airfare,…
6 reasons I own dividend-paying stocks
6 reasons I own dividend-paying stocks Investing & Retirement May 1, 2017
It’s no secret that I’m a big believer in income investing. Folks who know my philosophy know that dividend-paying stocks…
How to refinance your student loans
How to refinance your student loans Money & Credit May 1, 2017
When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your student loans? If it's been a while,…
How the new Trump tax plan will impact you
How the new Trump tax plan will impact you Money & Credit May 1, 2017
After President Trump proposed some big changes to the U.S. tax system on the 2016 campaign trail, we're now getting…
Records, paperwork and old files: What to keep and what to toss!
Records, paperwork and old files: What to keep and what to toss! Money & Credit May 1, 2017
The amount of records and paperwork you should keep is actually more limited than you might think. Here's a list…
Warning: Home Depot data leak exposes thousands of customers’ personal information
Warning: Home Depot data leak exposes thousands of customers’ personal information Money & Credit April 30, 2017
A spread sheet listing about 8,000 customers, along with their transaction and a range of personal information, was posted for…
American Express sweetens the rewards for Platinum cardholders
American Express sweetens the rewards for Platinum cardholders Money & Credit April 30, 2017
American Express has a few carrots and one stick for its Platinum cardholders as part of an ongoing effort to…
Debt Payoff Calculator: How to eliminate credit card debt as quickly as possible
Debt Payoff Calculator: How to eliminate credit card debt as quickly as possible Money & Credit April 30, 2017
There are several steps you should take to get out of credit card debt. Paying off thousands of dollars of…
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