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From affording your kids to keeping up with the Joneses, Debt.com has tips to help be more successful in managing the money for your family and household.

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Underwater Homes Surface — Barely

March 29, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Fewer homes are underwater, but it’s not making much of a difference as a couple metro areas are starting to suffer way more than others.

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Not Much To Celebrate This Women’s History Month?

March 29, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

The financial news is rather bleak, but the future is brighter.

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You’re Not Talking to Your Grown Kid about Money

March 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most families believe having money chats is very important but neither parents nor their adult children are actually talking about finances.

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Your Auto Insurance Premiums Are Going Up

March 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Depending on where you live, your costs could be up by more than 60 percent.

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Couples Aren’t Talking About Money in Marriage

March 16, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Lack of communication about finances can ruin relationships. Most marriages that end in divorce prove that money played a part in some form.

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Our Tax Data Keeps Getting Stolen but It’s All Good

March 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We might have had billions of dollars in tax fraud last year but most Americans aren’t worried about getting scammed.

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Health Savings Accounts Hit Record Highs

March 8, 2017 | Dori Zinn

More than 20 million Americans are taking advantage of health savings accounts. Should you get one?

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Join the Club, Tax Refund Savers

March 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most of us will stash away our refunds this year, as fewer Americans plan to spend them.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and Family

March 3, 2017 | Money Talks News

Here’s what to say when a relative or friend hits you up for a loan.

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It’s Not You, It’s the House

March 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you were looking to purchase a house this year, you may not be able to afford it.

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Even Military Families Are Cutting Back Spending

February 28, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The vast majority of middle-class military families — like commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers — are planning to improve their finances this year, even though they make at least $50,000.

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You Don’t Need Marriage to Buy a Home

February 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Young, unwed couples are buying homes faster than they were a decade ago. While married couples still make up the bulk of homebuyers, 15 percent are couples that aren’t married.

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Tax Refunds Aren’t Getting Us Out of Debt

February 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Forty percent of American families are making thousands of dollars in medical, auto, or tax payments at some point in a year but even after paying, they’re suffering from crippling debt.

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Honeymooning at Work

February 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Just like marriages, happiness levels at work take a nose-dive after the first year on the job. If the honeymoon is over at your job, there are still ways for you to be happy.

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Need Car Insurance? Your Choice Could Cost You More Than You Think

February 20, 2017 | Dori Zinn

How much are you paying for your new car? Is it worth it? Turns out you should factor in a few more things to determine the true cost of that new car.

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Americans Can’t Handle Will, Estate, Inheritance Talks

February 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most families have strong misconceptions about the value of an estate and this hurts us later in life when our loved ones pass away.

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What Is Your Lover Hiding?

February 14, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Millions of Americans secretly stash money away from their partners and the older you are, the more acceptable it is.

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For Love of Money

February 14, 2017 | Joe Pye

Americans prefer financial stability over looks and fitness in romantic partners.

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By The Numbers: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

February 10, 2017 | Michael Koretzky

This week: Americans aren’t nearly as sex-obsessed as the world thinks we are.

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We’re All Burnt Out But No One Cares

February 9, 2017 | Dori Zinn

As many as 95 percent of hiring managers say employee burnout is completely damaging companies, causing high turnover rates and workplace retention issues.

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I Love You, But Not as Much as Last Year

February 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

National Retail Federation estimates that V-Day spending will drop from $19.7 billion to $18.2 billion this year.

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It Costs Minimum Wage Workers More than Two Years’ Salary to get Married

February 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

It costs an average of $35,329 to get married. That’s more than double the annual salary of a minimum-wage worker.

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Half-Banked’s Desirae Odjick Budgets For Dog Toys

January 25, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Here’s how she obsessively tracks every penny — by hand.

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A Thinner Pet Could Mean a Fatter Wallet

January 24, 2017 | Joe Pye

Millions are being spent on obese pet vet bills.

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Millennial Parents are Surviving Because of Their Parents

January 24, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Grandparents that are more willing to help out are saving their millennial children tens of thousands of dollars a year in child-rearing.

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Ask The Expert: Do I NEED To Go To College? [video]

December 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A young reader wants to know his financial options after high school.

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Want Residents to Pay off Debt? Don’t Just Bill Them — Help Them

December 27, 2016 | Dori Zinn

National League of Cities gets those in debt to pay it back by giving them time, not money

Retirement is top concern for many Americans

Dvorkin On Debt: “Elder Financial Abuse” Is Real – And Growing

December 26, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Thieves and even family members are increasingly targeting senior citizens.

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Could’ve Fooled Us

December 20, 2016 | Dori Zinn

73 percent of Americans admit they fake their reactions when they get a gift they didn’t like or want.

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How to Have A Debt-Free Baby

December 15, 2016 | Michelle Bryan

Ryan Lochte’s fiancee is pregnant. How is the money-savvy couple handling it?

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How Does Debt Affect Survivors After a Loved One’s Death?

December 13, 2016 | Money Talks News

When a loved one dies, you have a lot on your mind. Paying off debt should not be one of them.

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All We Want for Christmas Is You

December 7, 2016 | Dori Zinn

When it comes to what adults want most, 43 percent of men and women both said they want quality time with family as a holiday gift this year.

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Should You Date or Marry an Entrepreneur?

December 1, 2016 | John Rampton

Finding the love of your life is tough enough, but there are special considerations with entrepreneurs.

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Want to Own a Home? It’s Harder for Teachers Than Others

November 24, 2016 | Dori Zinn

One in five homes for sale is affordable on an average teacher’s salary.

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Women Want Financial Security; Men Don’t Care

November 14, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Turns out that millennial men and women have some different priorities when it comes to saving money and what they are saving for.

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6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets

November 1, 2016 | Money Talks News

It can be costly, so learn the ropes before you pick a policy.

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Candy Isn’t Just for the Kids

October 31, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most parents check their kid’s candy before letting them eat it, also so they can eat it

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Women Face More Financial Setbacks When Taking a Career Break

October 20, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Women who take career breaks could face a retirement savings shortfall of nearly $1.3 million.

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More Parents Want to Talk About Money Instead of Sex

October 17, 2016 | Dori Zinn

There’s a generational divide when it comes to kids knowing how much their parents earned

Make sure your health benefits add up.

Uninsured Rates Are at Historic Low in Some States

October 5, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Obamacare coverage drastically varies across the United States. Texas ranks dead last, with a 17.10 percent uninsured rate — double the national average.