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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


The key to setting retirement goals? Details

Oliver Pursche, Bruderman Asset Management, Investment Adviser Representative, and CEO •
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“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar. We all have retirement goals, but unfortunately, we tend to be very vague and noncommittal about them. Most investors will tell their financial adviser that they’d like to “retire comfortably” or “maintain their current lifestyle,” but what does that really mean? Many advisers tend to


Five ways to save on your summer RV rental

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar
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Summertime is perfect for packing up the family and hitting the open road. And whether you want to camp or simply travel in style, renting an RV (recreational vehicle) adds features to a vacation that you just can’t get anywhere else. Like a portable “tiny house,” most RVs feature ample room for sleeping, full or partial kitchens,