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How to refinance your student debt

Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Kaitlin Pitsker •
Kiplinger

You’ve graduated from college, launched a career, and maybe gotten married or purchased a home. But one part of your past continues to give you headaches: your student loans. The rate of increase in the average amount students borrow has slowed in recent years, but borrowers are still racking up debt — about $25,000 to

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Smart financial moves for surviving spouses

Jane Bennett Clark, Senior Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

Debra Weekley was surprised but not especially concerned when her husband, Mark Cartier, failed to call her from the parking lot after his early-morning climb on Mount Hood, near their home in Portland, Ore. Nor was she worried when a friend called to tell her a climber was down on the mountain; Cartier, an accomplished

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This couple was afraid to work for themselves — but after making the leap, they earn 6 figures while traveling the world

Business Insider •
Business Insider

In 2010, Karen Sargent and Paul Farrugia had $15,000 of savings burning a hole in their pocket. At first, they thought they would buy a flat in London, where they were living. However, Sargent remembers, “We’d daydream about traveling, and we decided the money was better spent on travel.” Instead of putting a down payment on a home,

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