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7 habits of people with excellent credit scores

Lisa Gerstner, Contributing Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

Want to improve your credit score? Take a page from the best. People with excellent scores know that following a few basic rules is the key to success. Adopting their habits could boost your score into the stratosphere, opening the door to the best interest rates and terms on loans. And capturing the lowest loan

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Retirees, join a nonprofit as an encore career

<i>Kiplinger's Retirement Report</i>, Susan B. Garland, and Contributing Editor •
Kiplinger

Suzanne Armstrong thrived in the corporate world, working for American Express and later consulting for Citibank, Deloitte and other behemoths. Her expertise: helping leaders build support for major change in a company’s vision or systems. Several years ago, Armstrong went through her own transformation. She left big business and now taps her “change leadership” know-how

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Eight frugal ways to ward off cabin fever

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar

Snowmen and hot cocoa are nice and all, but for many of us the novelty of the cold and snow begins to wear off shortly after Christmas and New Year’s Day. By the doldrums of mid-February, the cold, dreary weather takes its toll, isolating many of us in our own homes. And when it feels like

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Overlooked tax breaks for new college grads

Kiplinger Washington editors, Kevin McCormally, and Chief Content Officer •
Kiplinger

Because federal tax law reaches deep into all aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that the rules that affect us change as our lives change. This can present opportunities to save or create costly pitfalls to avoid. Being alert to the rolling changes that come at various life stages is the key to holding

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