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    4 Things That May Trigger Your Spending

    4 Things That May Trigger Your Spending
    Overspending is easy to do. Everyone falls for it every now and again because sometimes you just feel the need to spend. However, there may be things that trigger our overspending even when we know that we are on a budget and cannot really afford to spend money. 1) Stress – Work, family, friends, sickness, money…all these things (and many more) ...
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    How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession

    How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession
    The current economic climate doesn’t exactly lend itself to asking for a raise. With all the talk of bailouts, budget cuts and layoffs (not to mention undue bonuses), many an employee is wary of asking for more money. But what if you deserve a raise? According to some experts, you are in luck. Now could actually be the best time to ...
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    What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills

    What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills
    Lacking the cash to pay your bills is a bad situation, but avoiding the problem is worse. If money is scarce and bills are coming due, don’t panic. Gather your statements and a calculator, and go into planning mode. Tackle the crisis as a whole, rather than dealing with issues as they arise, which raises the risk of making poor financial ...
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    5 Easy Ways to Make Money Even if You're Unemployed

    5 Easy Ways to Make Money Even if You're Unemployed
    As unemployment continues to rise, everyone is looking for other ways to bring in some money while still searching for another job.  Although a job is the conventional way to earn money, sometimes you need to think outside the box or search outside your comfort zone in order to try something new and bring in a little bit of money ...
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    Hitting the Personal Financial Reset Button

    Hitting the Personal Financial Reset Button
    A BW senior correspondent details his quest to repair his retirement portfolio and get his family's finances in order It could have been worse. At the end of February—a year and change since my wife and I had shifted our money to professional wealth management advisers—our equity holdings were down 48% for the 16 months they had managed it. But our ...
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    Beware of Higher Tax Bill Before Dropping 401(k)

    Beware of Higher Tax Bill Before Dropping 401(k)
    DES MOINES (AP) — With economic pressures mounting, you may think reducing your 401(k) contribution is an easy way to add money to your paycheck. But before you do, consider how it will increase your tax bill. Many people have become so focused on the recent losses of 30% or more in their account balances that they've forgotten a primary benefit ...
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    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation

    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation
    We all have our little fears: The frayed wire on the coffee maker. That knocking noise from the left-rear tire. The zombies staggering around in the backyard. For investors, one of the biggest fears today is inflation — a period of rising prices. Inflation erodes the buying power of your money at home and abroad. In a worst-case scenario, it can ...
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    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget

    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget
    Today's managers are charged with getting the most out of workers no matter what. But the reality is that many managers must coax top performances from their employees while working with a minimal budget that may require salary freezes; cuts in benefits, bonuses or perks; reductions in hours; or even layoffs. If you're faced with a less-than-optimal budget situation, follow these ...
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    How Would You Spend a Raise or Bonus?

    How Would You Spend a Raise or Bonus?
    When we asked Monster readers what they’d be most likely to splurge on if they got a big salary bump -- a new car, wardrobe or home entertainment technology -- the car topped the list with 51 percent of the votes, followed by the wardrobe with 30 percent and the home entertainment center at 18 percent. But quite a few readers ...
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    Ordinary + Necessary = Deductible

    Ordinary + Necessary = Deductible
    Just about everyone has friends, family members, or colleagues at work who are very aggressive with the tax deductions they claim. Every year, at about this time, they start telling you about all of the crazy things they deducted last year. And then they usually try to convince you that what they deducted must be okay, since the IRS never disallowed ...
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    Make Your Taxes Less Taxing: Tips and Tricks

    Make Your Taxes Less Taxing: Tips and Tricks
    Taxes are overwhelming and complicated. There is form after form and it gets tough to keep them all straight. The most painful part, however, is seeing the toll it takes on you wallet. TurboTax, Military.com and AllHealthCare have brought you expert financial advice to make your taxes as painless as possible and hopefully save a lot of money in the process. ...
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    How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

    How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
    If you've been laid off, the first thing you're likely to stress about is how you're going to replace your income. The government established Unemployment Insurance (UI) to provide unemployment benefits to workers who've been laid off due to factors outside their control. These benefits aim to financially assist them while they're looking for employment. UI is a joint federal-state program ...
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    10 Things You May Not Know About Your Finances

    10 Things You May Not Know About Your Finances
    1: Medicare doesn't cover nursing home care. Nearly 60% of Americans think Medicare pays for nursing care, and 52% assume that it covers assisted living, according to a 2006 survey by AARP. Not so. Medicare's coverage of long-term care is extremely limited. It'll cover part of the cost of a skilled nursing facility while you recover from an injury or illness. ...
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    10 Things You Should Know About Credit Cards

    10 Things You Should Know About Credit Cards
    h4. 1. Interest Backdating Most card issuers charge interest from the day a charge is posted to your account if you don't pay in full monthly. But, some charge interest from the date of purchase, days before they have even paid the store on your behalf! Remedy: Find another card issuer, or always pay your bill in full by the due ...
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    Can Your Personality Help You Weather Tough Economy?

    Can Your Personality Help You Weather Tough Economy?
    Does the economic downturn terrify you? Or are you plotting a new strategy for life with less money? Your reaction offers a peek into your psyche, say researchers who study how personality shapes people's reactions to uncertain times. "People think about themselves and others in terms of typology — you're this type," says researcher Peter Jason Rentfrow of the University of ...
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    7 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill

    7 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill
    The average American home will spend $990 on heating this year, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Add that to the rising costs of food, clothing, and travel, and almost every individual and family will feel the pinch. Fortunately, you can make your utility bills more manageable. Follow these steps to reduce your utility bills. [widget:1149] 1) Turn down the ...
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    5 Insurance Myths Busted

    5 Insurance Myths Busted
    Misinformation and myths plague the insurance industry. Many times consumers aren't sure how much insurance to purchase or if they have purchased the right kind to begin with. If you're one of the thousands of Americans that don't understand insurance and what it offers read this list of the top 5 insurance myths and the facts behind them." h4. 1.) Auto ...
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    Streamlining Your Personal Financial Documents

    Streamlining Your Personal Financial Documents
    Every week you introduce more paper into your home, in the form of newspapers, magazines, flyers, coupons, schoolwork, correspondence, bills, and other documents. It may or may not be difficult for you to ensure that reading material and advertising is discarded when you are finished with it, but when it comes to financial documents, it can be much more challenging to ...
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    Six Steps You Can Take to Financial Prosperity

    Six Steps You Can Take to Financial Prosperity
    No one can guarantee you a healthy and prosperous retirement. Life is just too unpredictable. But you can increase your odds of enjoying your twilight years in comfort by pursuing a regimen of common-sense steps. Here are six top ones: h4. Decide carefully on health care You can do at least three things to help secure your health in retirement: Take ...
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    Retirement Tips from Real People

    Retirement Tips from Real People
    Our readers offer their own tips for what you can do now for a happy retirement: Spend less. Save more. Most of all, make sure you have someone to share your retirement with. Start by living below your means, says Gabe Renzo, 63, of Dearborn Heights, Mich. Young people today, he believes, don't save enough money, and the main reason they ...
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