How to have a debt-free holiday season

Christy Bieber •
The Motley Fool
Celebration and presents

With the holiday season approaching quickly, Americans are coming together to share a common tradition: worrying about having enough cash to get through the festive season.  More than 6 in 10 Americans report feeling at least some stress during the holidays, and finances are the No. 1 cause across all age groups. Sadly, concerns about holiday

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How to provide financial help to aging parents

Sandra Block, Senior Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger
generations

Mark Kress, 59, of Sterling, Va., first realized his 88-year-old father, Willard, needed help after he saw some bills with past-due balances stacked on his father’s kitchen table. That was completely out of character for Willard, who had a successful career as a certified public accountant. Initially, Willard didn’t believe he needed help. For most

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