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Savings Bonds: When to Consider Them as an Alternative Investment

Savings bonds: before writing for Money Under 30, all I knew about them was that I thought they were a terrible gift when I was little! I remember getting savings bonds as prizes in elementary school, looking at how long they would take to mature, … [Read more...]

Gift Tax: Don’t Fear Taxes When You Give (Or Receive)

When generous Aunt Betty slips you a $5,000 check on your birthday, do you have to pay taxes on her cash gift? And when you send an annual donation to your favorite charity or alma mater, does anybody pay taxes on that gift? The answer in both cases … [Read more...]

The Roth IRA: A Saver’s Best Friend

Ready to start investing on your own? Then a Roth IRA is the first place to look. Jump to: Roth IRA Contribution Limits Roth IRA Income Limits Before I took a job at SmartMoney Magazine, terms like 401(k), Traditional IRA, and Roth IRA … [Read more...]

Tuition.io: A Free Site to Organize Your Student Loans

Whenever I talk to readers or do a survey, repaying student loans tops people’s priority list. It can feel like it’s difficult to get ahead in life until these big balances are behind us. Although I don’t always think that you should make extra stu … [Read more...]

Should You Save or Pay Off Student Loans?

One of the most common questions I get is "should I save or pay off student loans?" Although it can be daunting to start out with a lot of eduction debt, you may want to resist the urge to repay those student loans as fast as possible. Earlier … [Read more...]