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‘How My Family Makes It Work Living on One Income’

Groceries, car payments, the mortgage, clothes for the kids. If you’re like most families in America, that’s just a fraction of what you need to take into consideration when mapping out your monthly budget. And these days, unless you or your spouse is commanding a high salary, the...
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What Couples Really Want in Retirement

Ah, retirement. That second honeymoon you’ll spend lounging around with your main squeeze. Which is who, exactly? While about 60 percent of men want to hang with their wives during retirement, only 43 percent of wives agree, according to a survey from Fidelity and the Stanford Center on...
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How to Win Black Friday

Holiday shopping season is upon us, and this year, it’s going to be capital-B Big. The average American plans to spend, on average, $1,128 this season, according to a recent survey by RetailMeNot. Broken down, that’s $141 per person for eight people total. Translation: Expect your friends and...
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How Americans Really Feel About Financial Risk-Taking

You may be quick to try a new food or the latest thrill ride, but when it comes to taking risks with your finances … ? If you’re like most Americans, you’re playing it safe—maybe even too safe. Almost three-quarters of investors would rather avoid or mitigate risk...
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American Airlines Revamps Its Frequent Flier Program

NEW YORK — American Airlines (AAL) is changing its frequent flier program, becoming the latest carrier to have passengers earn miles based on how much they spend rather than how far they fly. The move announced Tuesday follows similar changes by Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United Airlines...
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Will Having a Mortgage Improve My Credit Score?

Until the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act was signed into law in 2003, Americans weren’t entitled to a free copy of their credit reports. And 24 years ago, when I began my career in consumer news, you couldn’t see your credit score at all, at any price....
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Cheap Gas Fueling Expanded Thanksgiving Travel Day

LOS ANGELES — An expanded version of America’s annual Thanksgiving travel saga was under way Wednesday with gas prices low and terrorism fears high. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long...
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5 Things to Do on Black Friday Instead of Shopping

Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has become associated with a huge rush of shopping for many Americans. Stores offer a variety of sales, and people run to get discounted items to check off their holiday gift list or to get something new for themselves. For...
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