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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:01:49 GMT2016-09-29T20:01:49Z

 



Credit-card debt problem just symptom of problem marriage

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:01:49 GMT2016-09-29T20:01:49Z

I make $2,100 a month after taxes, and I have accumulated $46,000 in credit card debt. My husband makes more than I do, but he won’t help me. He says I got myself into this mess, so it’s my job to stop being irresponsible and fix it on my own. Do you have any advice?



8 ways money habits could kill your relationship

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:12:34 GMT2016-09-28T14:12:34Z

In its 2016 Love and Money survey, TD Bank asked 1,902 respondents currently in relationships questions about money and relationships. The survey revealed that happy couples’ money habits are notably different from those who are unhappy. And the bad money habits could lead to hardships down the line — and possibly a breakup.



How to talk to your kids about college costs

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:12:24 GMT2016-09-26T14:12:24Z

College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it.



How to tell if your 401(k) is a dud

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:01:05 GMT2016-09-23T15:01:05Z

There's a lot to like about employer-sponsored retirement plans such as the 401(k). They're convenient (funded by automatic payroll deduction) and offer tax savings (contributions lower a participant's taxable income, and investments grow tax-free), and many companies sweeten the deal by pitching in their own money to encourage employees to save.



'I sold three timeshares to Dave Ramsey.' Really?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:36:46 GMT2016-09-22T19:36:46Z

My wife and I recently sat through a timeshare pitch at my mom and dad’s community as a favor to them. We’re trying to get out of debt and take control of our money, so when the salesman said we could put the whole thing on a credit card, I told him about you and your plan.



Getting first-hand high school experience in finances

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:21:35 GMT2016-09-19T10:21:35Z

Meet Ahad Rafi, Mariam Sharobeem, and Valerie Cheney, three teenagers who are teaching themselves about personal finance. All three have worked at branches of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union set up in their high schools.



Some ways of teaching financial literacy work better than others

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:01:58 GMT2016-09-16T13:01:58Z

Efforts to make us smarter about money don't seem to be working. A Harvard Business School study found that personal-finance classes taught in high school had no effect on "financial outcomes" such as how much people saved or how likely they were to miss payments on debt.