Basics of Money

20 Small Ways to Save Big

You've probably thought, 'yeah, I should probably save more.' But eking out an existence is tough on a starting salary and sometimes comfort takes precedence over cutting corners. Besides, if you can only save...

How to Buy Savings Bonds

There are several ways to purchase series EE and I bonds, including: Purchasing from any Federal Reserve bank or branch. Buying them through your bank Through a payroll deduction plan at work. And online...

Savings Bonds: EE-I, EE-I, Oh!

Once thought of chiefly as a haven for scaredy-cats and an obvious gift for kids' birthdays and bar mitzvahs, savings bonds have been finding their way into serious investors' portfolios since the government...

Understand Your Health Insurance Options

Deciding whether to buy health insurance is a no-brainer. Think of what would happen if you didn't have insurance and someone in your family suffered a serious illness requiring a long hospital stay or expensive...

Cashing Out Early

If IRA tax breaks are the carrots Congress uses to encourage you to save for retirement, penalties for early withdrawal are the sticks that make sure you keep at it.Not to worry, IRAs contain a number of...

How to Get Your IRA Up and Running

You have almost unlimited choices of how and where to invest your IRA money -- and this is the same whether you stick with a traditional IRA or use a Roth IRA.You can stick with a bank, savings and loan or credit...

Saving for College 101

Saving for your children's college education is one of the most important financial tasks you will ever undertake. Luckily, you have plenty of savings options, most of them with tax advantages designed to...

Tax Credits for College Expenses

These tax benefits put the money you spend on qualified educational expenses back in your pocket. (A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability.) You have to choose which benefit to claim...

Tapping Your IRA in Retirement

Deductible IRAs With a traditional IRA, once you reach age 59½, the threat of the 10% penalty disappears. You can withdraw as much from your regular IRAs as you want, penalty-free. Cash coming out...

Know the Rules of Your 401(k)

Because the 401(k) is such a sweet tax shelter, there are all sorts of regulations controlling how money goes in and comes out.Knowing as much as you can about the plan you are in -- or the plan of a company you...

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