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  • Mutual Interest logo Hunting for hidden treasure ... Home prices soar to record high ... 401(k) balances slide a little ... And more

    Here's the column that gives savvy savers lots of provocative news and information to use and discuss on the road to financial security.

    August 2nd 2015

  • man on grass with cash 7 smart things to do with $1,000

    Here's how to reap lots of lasting benefits, and a fair amount of immediate satisfaction, from that money. Check out all of the ideas and pick the best one for you.

    July 19th 2015

  • See if you're ready to retire with the 4% rule

    It's still one of the best ways to tell how much monthly income you can generate from your nest egg without having to worry about outliving your savings.

    July 16th 2015

  • Jar full of money labeled college fund Is a 529 plan right for your family?

    One of these tax-free college savings plans might be exactly what you need to help your kid through school. Although each plan is sponsored by a state, you don't have to live there, or ever enroll there, to take advantage of the very best 529 plans in the entire country.

  • Jen A. Miller Don't let health insurance keep you locked in a job

    The Affordable Care Act was intended to provide dreamers and schemers with the guaranteed, affordable coverage they need to strike out on their own. Enrollment for 2015 starts this month, so now's the time for aspiring entrepreneurs to check rates and make plans.

  • How to measure financial success

    We'll not only show you how to find or calculate these measures, but provide some simple guidelines that will help you gauge your progress.

  • Piggybank with glasses and chalkboard How to start saving in your 50s

    There's still time to provide a decent retirement for yourself. You'll just have set aside more of your earnings, consider some savings-stretching options and maybe work a little longer.

  • Piggy bank with glasses and chalkboard How to start saving in your 40s

    This is no time to throw up your hands even if you're in your 40s and don't have much savings. You can still put aside a significant amount of money for your future even if you're not making a six-figure salary.

  • Piggy bank with glasses and chalkboard How to start saving in your 30s

    This is the perfect time in your life to begin building real financial security. Here's the blueprint you need to save more -- way more -- than you ever expected even if you're not making all that much right now.

  • Money advice for a lasting marriage

    You've found The One, but before you exchange vows you need to share credit card bills, bank statements and retirement savings plans. Talking about money now — and settling on a plan to achieve financial security together — just might save your marriage later.

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