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These 8 simple rules are the Sparknotes version of everything you need to know about personal finance

Tanza Loudenback •
Business Insider

Personal finance can be daunting, but familiarizing yourself with basic money concepts — like how to build wealth, stay out of debt, and earn returns on your investments — will, quite literally, pay off. To help you get started, we turned to the latest edition of Beth Kobliner’s book “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance

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Piece 2 homes together into 1

Eleanor Laise, Senior Editor, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report •
Kiplinger

Barbara Williams’s home is a lively one. Much of the year, there are four generations under one roof. Williams, age 65, shares her five-bedroom Silver Spring, Md., home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and three young grandsons–and her 91-year-old mother visits for several months at a stretch. While the multigenerational living arrangement may be messy

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8 smart financial moves for the new year

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of opportunities to save for retirement, cut expenses, prepare for tax breaks, increase your take-home pay, improve your credit profile, review your investments and do some financial housekeeping. These eight financial moves will prepare you for a more profitable year: 1. Make the most of

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5 keys to your Social Security benefits strategy

Editor, Rachel L. Sheedy, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report •
Kiplinger

Navigating Social Security is a challenging task for those deciding when to claim their benefits. There is a thicket of rules and jargon to cut through. Even those who have been receiving retirement benefits can confront a new obstacle after a spouse dies and a survivor benefit comes into play. And with the government having

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My 7 favorite ways to save money on travel

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar

Over the last year, we have taken family vacations to different cities in Mexico, Jamaica, and Florida. Add onto that, my husband and I traveled alone to Barbados, Grand Cayman, Italy, and Greece. Since I write about travel all over the web, our trips are always part work and part play. But that doesn’t mean it’s all

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