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Is This the Perfect Investment for Your Kid’s College Fund?

Some states allow you to lock in tuition at current rates, but the conditions and risk vary. Photo: David McLeish How’s this for a sweet investment: Anyone can buy it, with no fees or commissions. Its value has gone up by about 130% since 2000 — an 8.6% annualized gain. […]

Is This the Perfect Investment for Your Kid’s College Fund?

Some states allow you to lock in tuition at current rates, but the conditions and risk vary. Photo: David McLeish How’s this for a sweet investment: Anyone can buy it, with no fees or commissions. Its value has gone up by about 130% since 2000 — an 8.6% annualized gain. […]

25 Smart Ways to Handle a $1,000 Windfall

A tiny windfall is pretty easy to spend. If you find $10 or $20 on the street, you can just use it to help pay for groceries or some other regular expense to give yourself just a bit of breathing room in your budget. A huge windfall – like an inheritance or a legal settlement – can be easy, too. Use it for a huge life purchase, like a house, or stick it somewhere and live off the interest. […]

Saving Money While Traveling, Part 1

Here are some tips to help you save money on your trip, before you even step foot on the plane. Photo: Sonny Abesamis I’m writing this post from a coffee shop in Jerusalem, less than a week into a month-long trip to the Middle East. This trip is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, ever since my last visit here in back in 2004. […]

Saving Money While Traveling, Part 1

Here are some tips to help you save money on your trip, before you even step foot on the plane. Photo: Sonny Abesamis I’m writing this post from a coffee shop in Jerusalem, less than a week into a month-long trip to the Middle East. This trip is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, ever since my last visit here in back in 2004. […]

Cost-Cutting Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner

Keep things simple but delicious and you’ll host an affordable, memorable Thanksgiving feast. Photo: vxla You may have recently mastered the art of budget-conscious grocery shopping, but preparing for Thanksgiving dinner is a whole other ballgame. […]

Best Debt Consolidation Loans for 2014

When you’ve fallen behind on your payments, it can feel like there’s nowhere to turn. One potential option to get organized and streamline your bills is debt consolidation. Debt consolidation lets you roll several debts into one loan with a lower interest rate and longer payment term. […]

Best Debt Consolidation Loans for 2014

When you’ve fallen behind on your payments, it can feel like there’s nowhere to turn. One potential option to get organized and streamline your bills is debt consolidation. Debt consolidation lets you roll several debts into one loan with a lower interest rate and longer payment term. […]