Money

14 Ways to Get Bigger Checks From Social Security

Filed under: Social Security Getty By Marilyn Lewis f you have focused all your retirement planning energy on your 401(k), you may be missing a key piece of the puzzle: Social Security. You can influence your eventual payout from this safe, dull old-age safety net to a surprising degree by making some adjustments and changes in your planning. The time ...

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7 Frugal, Fabulous Alternatives to the Diamond Engagement Ring

Filed under: Marriage Alamy By Sarah Winfrey Are you engaged? Getting engaged soon? Hoping to get engaged someday? No matter where you are in the process, it’s worth thinking about how you want to make the statement. Many couples are finding that they don’t want to go the traditional route of offering the bride-to-be a diamond ring. Some choose something ...

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8 Sly Ways to Save Money at Target

Filed under: How to Save Money AP By Melissa Neiman If you really enjoy perusing the aisles at Target, you’re not alone. In fact, Target is among America’s favorite places to shop. The discount retailer ranks third among mass merchant sellers, behind Walmart and Costco and ahead of Amazon, according to the National Retail Federation. Shoppers turn to the famous ...

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Insuring Jewelry 101

Filed under: Insurance Getty For Valentine’s Day, we hope you bought a thoughtful gift for your significant other. It’s the thought that counts, of course, but let us give you a tip or two: women like jewelry. And, when it comes to fine jewelry, you should give thought to insurance. Fortunately, your family’s everyday jewelry is probably covered by standard ...

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Stranger Pledges to Pay Future College Costs for 26 Kindergartners

Filed under: College Savings Plans Getty By Krystal Steinmetz An entire kindergarten class at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim, California, has a free golden ticket to college, thanks to the generosity of a complete stranger. Marty Burbank, an attorney and Navy veteran from Fullerton, California, went from stranger to hero after he pledged $ 1 million to pay the ...

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Airplane Ticket Prices Reach 6-Year Low

Filed under: Company News, Market News Getty By Karla Bowsher Perhaps it’s time to book that dream vacation. Not only are some states seeing their lowest gas prices in 12 years, but now the average domestic airfare is as cheap as it’s been in six years. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s latest quarterly airfare data, released Wednesday, the ...

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Can a smart thermostat turn up your savings? — Savings Experiment

Filed under: Savings Experiment, Did You Know Did you know: Buying a smart thermostat could be a smart investment for your home? A smart thermostat automatically learns your habits and temperature preferences every time you adjust it. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind programming their thermostat manually, or if you’re someone who moves often, a smart thermostat might not be ...

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Cities With the Most Vacant Homes for Sale or Rent

Filed under: Housing Market, Renting Getty By Karla Bowsher There is some bad news for people hoping to find a good deal on a home to rent or buy: The vacancy rate for American homes fell by 9.3 percent over the past two quarters, a new report shows. RealtyTrac’s analysis of residential property vacancies for the first quarter of this ...

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5 Tips for Better Spending Habits

Filed under: Spending Getty By Karen Cordaway While 2016 is in full swing, if you haven’t thought about a resolution yet, don’t give up. Maybe it’s time to make one that has the potential to stick. If you’re often wondering how money slips out of your wallet, consider becoming the crash test dummy for better spending habits. Test drive some ...

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9 Ways Your Phone Can Slash Grocery Costs

Filed under: Shopping Getty By Melissa Neiman Food is among the most expensive costs in the average American family’s budget. And we don’t make it any easier on ourselves by dining out so often in restaurants. In fact, the average U.S. consumer spends nearly one-third of his or her food dollars in restaurants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ...

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