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8 great sites to help your kids learn about money

Wisebread.com and Ashley Eneriz •
Kiplinger

Teaching your children about money is an important, yet often overlooked area of education. Most kids will not want to sit through a lecture about credit card usage and budgeting practices, but they might be more willing to listen to interactive videos and games. These sites make learning about money and money management fun and

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3 big reasons it costs more to be poor

Drew Housman •
The Simple Dollar

While even high-earning Americans often struggle with money, making ends meet is particularly difficult for the poor. Americans in the lowest income bracket spend an astonishing 182% of their income. No, that’s not a misprint. The poorest people spend a lot more than they earn, often going into debt or depleting savings to make up the difference.  You don’t have

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Renter’s guide: Sealing the deal

Wintrust

You’ve been searching night and day for a two-bedroom palace to call your own. Then, you finally stumble across the apartment that’s right for you. Now, what? Whether you’re a first-time or long-time renter, here are a few tips that can help you before you commit. Show me the money First things first: figure out

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Paying taxes on a home sold after a spouse’s death

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

[question]My husband died last year, and I’m selling our home. Do I still get to exclude $500,000 of home-sale profits from taxes, or am I limited to the $250,000 exclusion for singles? [answer]Surviving spouses may exclude $500,000 of home-sale profits from taxes if they sell the house within two years of their spouse’s death, as

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