More Articles for Your Finances

Quiz: How well do you know 529 college plans?

Deborah L. Meyer, Cpa,, WorthyNest Llc, CEO, and Cfp(R) •

Saving for college keeps getting more challenging. By 2024, the average sticker price for a year at public in-state college is expected to climb to $34,000, and for private school undergrads it could be $76,000, according to the College Board’s 2016 study “Trends in College Pricing.” For people looking for ways to fund future college


What your credit score is trying to tell you

John Ulzheimer •
The Simple Dollar
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Have you developed the habit of regularly checking your credit reports and scores? If so, kudos to you. You’re already doing a better job monitoring your credit than most Americans. However, if your focus remains fixed solely on those three-digit scores, you could be missing some valuable and helpful information — your “score factors.” What are


Learn from the daily habits of wealthy individuals

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
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Thomas Corley, a certified financial planner, spent five years researching the habits of wealthy people for his book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Of the people he surveyed, 76% were self-made millionaires. If you had to select one daily habit that has the greatest impact on building wealth, what would it


To save more, focus on the future

Anne Kates Smith, Senior Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
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As regular readers of this column are aware, financial health has both economic and emotional dimensions, and the right balance of the two is crucial for success with your money. If you have any doubts, consider the blissful spendthrift on the road to financial ruin, says Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at investment research firm


The secret to using money to buy happiness

Taylor Schulte, Founder, Define Financial, CFP, and CEO •
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We’ve all heard some version of the joke that goes, “no, money can’t buy happiness … but it can buy ____, and that’s kind of the same thing.” It’s amusing because it hits on an important truth that can help set you up for financial success — if you fully understand it and use it