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Retirement Saving: From $0 to $1 Million on $30,000 a Year

Ah, retirement. If you're square in the crosshairs of our Money Under 30  demographic, then "Money After 65" is all you can think about, right? We didn't think so. But the facts are beyond dispute for anyone who wants to accumulate wealth over … [Read more...]

Pump Up the Savings: 10 Ways to Spend Less on Gas

These days — and especially with the summer driving season in full swing — conspiracy theories abound as to what’s behind high gas prices. It's hard to believe that as recently as late 2008, you could find gas at $2 a gallon. In Chicago, where I live, … [Read more...]

The 20 Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single

We've seen all sorts of finance-based top 10 cities lists that either state the obvious or seem oblivious. No doubt you've seen them, too, and perhaps rolled your eyes: the 10 best places to get a job, own a home, start a family, hit the lottery ... … [Read more...]

Why Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need Business Insurance

Considering striking out on your own? If you're thinking of starting a small business, or have just started one, then you need to know three things, each of which break down roughly into the global, the social and the financial. The global: Job … [Read more...]

Can In-Store Health Clinics Save You Money?

By the end of June, we'll reach the middle of the so-called "gap year" — meaning that roughly six months will remain before the Affordable Care Act kicks in and America begins an unprecedented experiment with universal health care coverage. Maybe t … [Read more...]

How to Find Money Hiding in Dormant Rewards Points and Frequent Flyer Miles

I've got one of those exciting weekends ahead, where I get to clean out my office: empty those boxes, shred those documents, trudge a half dozen times between the back door and the trash receptacles in the alley. Getting my financial house in … [Read more...]

Rotten Customer Service? The Smart Way to Handle Companies that Waste Your Time

Some interesting commentary appeared on The Huffington Post this past week, and I'm not one to read that online publication expecting anything original. (If Arianna Huffington has earned any journalistic reputation, it's for borrowing copy from every … [Read more...]

Four Sure-fire Tips for Mobile Banking Security

I'm writing this dispatch from the Pacific Coast, where I've just seen a fabulous-yet-disturbing documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It's called "Terms and Conditions May Apply," and director  Cullen Hoback's movie takes a chilling look … [Read more...]

After Tax Day, What Next? Assess Your Overall Financial Health

Now that April 15 has come and gone you might feel like kicking back, regardless of whether you got socked on your taxes (like I did) or made a nice little refund (as I hope you did). But as I like to stress in these columns, the act of financial … [Read more...]

Why Owning a Home is a Bad Investment — But Often a Smart Decision

Experiential learning is always better than any lesson from a book. But when it comes to personal finance, too often the experience comes at the price of losing or spending way too much money. This past summer, my wife and I decided to finish our … [Read more...]