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The cost of raising a child is at an all-time high of $222,360. And a good chunk of that—16%—is education costs. One way to cover ever-growing education costs is by setting up an education trust. An education trust can pay for school and help avoid estate taxes—we tell you how. more...

- - Personal Finance

You’ve done all the research and made sure your assets will be distributed to your heirs, but what happens to your credit card debt? And what about when you have more debts than assets? Get the skinny on how the courts settle your debt when you die. more...

- - Estate Planning Basics

New federal rules are changing the way banks charge overdraft fees—and the changes can save you money. Get the details on the changes and what they mean for you and your money. more...

- - Personal Finance

Valentine’s Day is a popular day to get engaged.  But with expensive rings and wedding plans on their minds, few couples will be asking how health insurance factors into their future. That’s unfortunate, because the fact is that marriage can add an extra layer of complexity to health insurance choices, and the right health plan can help a life-long partnership get off to a financially solid start.

Below is a series of questions and answers designed to help newly engaged or married couples find the best health insurance solution for their needs and budget this holiday: more...

- - Personal Finance

It’s easy to get lost in the maze of online savings promotions. You can click away an afternoon in no time, wondering if the amount you saved in the end was worth the time you invested. You know there are credible sites, like LegalZoom.com, but how do you sort out the rest? How do you find the real deals from a site you can trust that’s free? The answer is easy: Offers.com. more...

- - Personal Finance

For most of us "collection," "bills," "debts," "interest," "mortgage," and "past-due" are words or phrases that instantly raise our blood pressure. Nearly everyone has debt and most of us fall behind from time to time; we all accidentally miss a payment here and there or occasionally have to do some serious juggling to keep the lights on and the house up-to-date. Not everyone needs an attorney, however. Recognizing when it is time to ask for help is difficult because we are used to worrying about money. more...

- - Bankruptcy

Whether you're a first-time renter or someone who's been renting for years, finding and renting a new place can be intimidating. Because your home is such a big part of your life, it's important to find the right place. And your housing is probably the biggest expense in your budget, so it's equally important to make sure you're getting a fair deal.

Here are our tips for making sure your next rental is a home sweet home.
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- - Home & Leisure

The importance of financial independence hit Americans hard when the economy headed south in late 2008. The dangers of living beyond our means became very real as many people lost jobs and homes. Whether you managed to stay on your feet or are in the process of pulling yourself back up, everyone wants to make sure they're protected next time.

So how do you do it? more...

- - Personal Finance

Take care of your family and your pocketbook this summer. Check out these fun activities that won't break the bank. more...

- - Personal Finance

Once a tenant has taken up residence in your rental unit, it can be costly and time-consuming to have him or her removed, so you should aim to head off any problems before the first box is moved in. more...

- - Real Estate