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A car payment is not a fact of life

A simple formula can help you figure out how much you can afford to borrow -- and for how long. If you're lucky, it could be the last time you'll need to finance a vehicle.
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5 ways to kill your credit scores

The curtain has parted, albeit slightly, on the mystery of how your credit rating is calculated. Find out what these common credit problems can do to your standing.
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10 things you shouldn't buy new

Why waste money on shiny packaging and a fancy store when you can find it online and 'pre-owned' for a fraction of the cost? Here are your best buys.
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Foreclosure or bankruptcy for you?

If you find yourself behind on your mortgage, either route may seem like the wrong direction. But your choice will have a big impact. Here's how to make the right one.
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The safest ways to pay online

What guarantees do you have that you won't lose your money? Why is a store credit card more dangerous than a general-purpose card?
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4 reality checks for your finances

A few simple calculations can tell you whether you're doing fine or staring at debt disaster. And be sure to see how your peers are handling their burdens as well.
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Money in your 50s: 8 moves to make

It's time to plan for your retirement -- where you'll live, what you'll do and what it'll cost. Pay special attention now to career prospects, health and insurance.
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Can stores really ask you for that?

It has become common for retailers to request your ID, your e-mail address and even your Social Security number. Are you obligated to provide them?
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7 insurance myths that could cost you

If you reject rental car coverage without a second thought or assume the government would cover you in a natural disaster, think again.
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Money in your 60s: 12 steps to take

This is your last chance to get retirement-ready. Here's the game plan to make sure your numbers add up before you call it quits at work.
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Make your car last 250,000 miles

Small, routine steps taken throughout your vehicle's lifetime can save you headaches and a lot of money in the long run. Here's how to make your car last longer.
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The real reason you're broke

For a huge number of troubled debtors, it all began with a car. Too much car, financed too long, traded too soon.
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Get real: Downsize your money goals

It's good to have goals, but if the end zone is unreachable (or a recession wasn't in your game plan), it might be time to move the goal posts.
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5 life lessons from the recession

Whether you've lost your job or not, this downturn will almost certainly mold your ideas about money. And if you learn what hard times can teach, it'll serve you well in the years ahead.
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Married to a financial basket case?

Few couples see eye to eye on every money issue, but if your spouse's spending is really out of control, simply setting up separate accounts isn't going to fix things.
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Get real: Marriage is a business

Put aside the romantic notion that love conquers all -- and pull out your calculators. Successful partnerships require a plan, a CFO (usually) and regular progress reports.
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How not to pay your bills

Here's how to dodge the repo man and buy some time while you try to pull your financial life together.
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Your money priorities, first to last

Most of us can't tackle all of our spending and saving needs at once. But following this outline can make it a lot easier to keep your finances on track.
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