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  • To land a job, take these six college courses Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Employers say today's college grads don't have the skills for entry-level jobs. These college courses can help fill the gap and make recent grads better candidates.

  • $ave Me: Cutting back-to-school bills Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 10:53 AM ET
    Back-to-school shopping at Staples.

    Spending on back-to-school supplies is down, but bills can still be high. Here's how to find the deals and save.

  • Boomers find second acts pursuing encore careers Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    As Americans are living longer, some people in their 50s and 60s are holding on to jobs longer while others are starting encore careers.

  • Thinking of co-signing a college loan? Think again Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:02 PM ET

    Student loan debt continues to rise and parents continue to contemplate whether they should add their name to the bill. Suze Orman says emphatically ‘I don’t think so.’

  • Retirement alchemy: Less becomes more Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 12:18 PM ET

    Some retirees with mortgages are considering downsizing to reduce expenses. One survey says more than 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 plan to move within five years.

  • Website offers discounts on back-to-school clothes Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 4:57 PM ET
    Rachel Farmer and her son, Christopher, bag up some clothing to send to Schoola Stitch. They hope to raise money for his school in Bowling Green, Va.

    Schoola Stitch opened for business on Thursday, offering parents a new way to shop for gently used children's clothes and promising deals as much as 70 to 90 percent off retail.

  • Afraid of living too long? Buy this Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 3:36 PM ET

    With the possibility of spending two decades or more in retirement, some baby boomers are buying longevity insurance so they don't outlive their money.

  • Why more parents are choosing ‘one and done’ Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 1:41 PM ET
    Kati and Jason Criner with their six-year-old son Terry at their home in Boise, ID

    No one yet knows when—or if—Americans will feel confident enough about their finances to have as many kids as they might have if the recession had not occurred.

  • Boomers use self-employment to stretch savings Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 2:33 PM ET

    Being their own boss is easing the transition to retirement for some boomers. Ten percent of workers 45 to 74 plan to start a business, according to a recent survey by AARP.

  • An allowance can pay for itself...really Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 12:48 PM ET
    Teenager allowance financial education

    School may be out, but summer can offer a teachable moment if children use their allowances the right way. Here's how.

  • Rethinking that 4% retirement rule Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 11:56 AM ET
    Cashing out of savings

    A retirement formula devised in the 1990s doesn't seem to hold up in an environment of low-yielding bond, volatile stock markets and inconsistent returns.

  • Gay couples find divorce equality tough to come by Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 10:36 AM ET

    Because gay marriage is relatively new, same-sex divorces come with high price tags and other expensive sacrifices, NBC Today reports.

  • Not free, after all: Public school fees add up Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 9:25 AM ET

    Some public school districts are charging students mandatory fees and holding out the threat of barring students from participating in activities if parents don't pay.

  • What student debt? How other millennials think Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 6:14 AM ET

    Twelve million Gen Y-ers make more than $100,000, and many of them are not saddled with the six-digit student debt held by doctors and lawyers.

  • 5 common mistakes of rookie investors Sunday, 4 Aug 2013 | 9:38 AM ET

    The biggest mistakes that rookie investors make tend to be psychological ones—and simply knowing these pitfalls and keeping perspective can result in significantly better returns.

  • How to afford the millenial living on your couch Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    A record number of 18- to 31-year-olds are living with their parents, and they're probably likely soon.

  • Planning for long-term care can have a big payout Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 11:43 AM ET

    Thinking ahead about long-term care can bring big benefits later as the experience of a retired New Jersey teacher shows.

  • What ticks you off? Top 10 consumer complaints Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 4:50 PM ET

    Problems with auto sales and repairs, home improvement and debt disputes led the annual complaints survey compiled by the Consumer Federation of America.

  • Gain 25 pounds to get out of debt? Survey says ... Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 12:57 PM ET

    They say you can never be too rich or too thin. But a poll finds that only 28 percent of Americans would be willing to gain 25 pounds to get out of debt.

  • Burned twice: Smacked by the IRS after a scam Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 11:07 AM ET
    Fallout from financial scams can leave victims with heavy tax burdens.

    Bernice Tingle lost her savings to a scam but that's not all. The IRS and California demanded she pay tax penalties accrued due to cashing out her IRA. Her situation isn't unique.

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