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  • Health care costs

    Nearly 150 million Americans are covered under work health plans, but spend less time on benefits than planning vacations, a costly mistake.

  • Savings

    You'll be surprised how quickly you can save $1,000 by the end of the year, simply by reducing or eliminating some common expenses.

  • Financial literacy

    States increasingly are establishing programs to educate teachers on how to teach financial literacy. Here are some of the challenges.

  • 401-not-ok

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the drop in 401(k) balances among households nearing retirement. Danielle Hughes, Divine Capital, provides insight.

  • Auto loan application

    To get the best loan deal, you need to do your homework. Here's a list of five things you should do.

  • retirement relocation

    Many people nearing retirement grapple with choosing whether to retire "in place" or move to a new location. Here's what to think about.

  • Denny Reichard, an agent with Jim Maloof Realtors, right, stands with potential home buyers Brian Giebelhausen and Lindsay Willing outside a previously owned home in Mackinaw, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, April 21, 2014. Existing home sales in the U.S. fell .2 percent in March, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    Mortgage rates are expected to move higher this fall, and that makes shopping for the right rate all the more critical. Here are some tips.

  • Top 10 reasons you should never borrow from your 401(k)

    401(k) accounts have replaced the home-equity loan as the primary source of quick cash for financially strapped Americans. Ric Edelman, noted financial advisor, explains why this is a huge mistake.

  • Starting early and saving enough for retirement are ongoing concerns. But do Americans really even understand retirement basics?

  • Big surge in 401(k) balances, but Americans still not saving enough

    A surging stock market has speeded the recovery of many workers' retirement plans over the past few years. CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on new data that shows a 92 percent gain in the average 401(k) account balance since the market low in 2009.

  • Sheila Bair, the former chair of the FDIC, says there are three lessons parents should teach children so they can be financially independent.

  • Money cash falling from sky

    Deepak Chopra offers three strategies that can help you visualize your financial dreams and turn them into reality.

  • There are smart ways young adults can attain financial security—from opening automatic savings plans to enrolling in company benefit plans.

  • Deepak Chopra

    Feeling down in the dumps about credit card debt? Dr. Deepak Chopra offers up three ways to reduce your stress—and your debt load.

  • Many parents may be overwhelmed by the cost of college, which has ballooned since they were undergrads. Here are some tips on how to pay for it all.

  • It's D-Day and time to settle the score with Uncle Sam. Here are the best ways to pay your tax bill to avoid costly penalties and fines.

  • Cramer's Playbook: Traditional or Roth

    Mad Money's Jim Cramer breaks down the differences between traditional retirement methods and a Roth 401(k) or IRA.

  • Cramer's Playbook: Sell-off protection

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer explains how to stay afloat in a volatile market environment and emphasizes the importance of having a diversified portfolio, decent cash flow, and a shopping list of stocks to buy into weakness.

  • College students in class

    The Oval Office is jumping in on the push to teach kids the basics of finance—suggesting financial education begin as early as kindergarten.

  • Cramer's Playbook: IRA vs. 401(k)

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer explains why he believes an IRA is the single, best retirement vehicle out there.

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