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The 10 most popular stories about money on CNBC Make It in 2018

Revelers takes part in New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on December 31, 2017 in New York.
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Revelers takes part in New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on December 31, 2017 in New York.

From former President Jimmy Carter shopping at Dollar General to the $1.5 billion lottery jackpot, the second-largest in history, there was a lot to say about how people earned, saved, spent, approached, invested, agonized over and hoped to make money in 2018.

Below, in no particular order, you'll find the 10 most popular money posts that appeared on CNBC Make It this year.

Once you hit this credit score, going higher is a 'waste of time,' expert says

You don't need a perfect credit score to get the best deals, Greg McBride, chief analyst at Bankrate, tells CNBC Make It.

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If you invested $1,000 in Apple 10 years ago, here's how much you'd have now

Apple shares hit a historic $1 trillion market cap value in August 2018, making the tech giant the first public U.S. company to ever reach the milestone. CNBC calculations shows that if you invested in Apple a decade ago, you'd probably be feeling pretty good about that today.

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Almost 70% of millennials regret buying their homes. Here's why

About four in 10 millennials are homeowners but they're not necessarily happy about their choices, according to a 2018 survey by Bank of the West.

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Man who retired at 35: Saving money won't make you rich — here's what will

Steve Adcock and his wife, who quit their jobs in their 30s and now travel full time, say saving isn't the key to early retirement.

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Americans are flocking to these 15 cities where jobs are plentiful, salaries are rising and business is booming

Though housing is scarce and wages are still pretty stagnant in many places across the country, a lot of American cities are booming: These 15 offer job opportunities, thriving businesses and an abundance of places to live.

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Former President Jimmy Carter lives in a $167,000 house and shops at the Dollar General

Jimmy Carter, the nation's 39th president, lives a fairly normal, even frugal, life. The now 94-year-old still lives in the ranch house he built himself in 1961 and has been known to buy his clothes at his local Dollar General store.

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An Omaha waitress served Warren Buffett for 10 years—here's what she learned from him

Warren Buffett's longtime waitress Ellen Augustine explains what she learned while serving the Oracle of Omaha steaks for a decade.

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If you invested $1,000 in Tesla in 2010, here's how much you'd have now

If you invested in Tesla in 2010, when it made its initial public offering, that bet would definitely have paid off, according to CNBC calculations.

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One ticket won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions—here's who won the 5 biggest US lottery prizes ever

In October 2018, Mega Millions announced that someone had won its $1.5 billion jackpot, the second-biggest lottery jackpot in history. Check out the top lottery prizes ever won.

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Vitaminwater is offering $100,000 if you can stay off smartphones for a year

Vitaminwater's new contest, which kicks off in January 2019, promises $100,000 to a person who can successfully live without their, or any, smartphone for a year. The deadline to enter is January 8, 2019.

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