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Frugal to a fault? Smart planning helps retirees know when it’s OK to splurge

Can you be too frugal as you’re nearing or actually in retirement? Uncertain about a splurge? Experts say that’s actually pretty common, because people who apply sound fiscal habits for …


Tax tips for last-minute filers

It’s mid-April and you haven’t filed your income tax returns yet? People have a million reasons to procrastinate and, in some cases, run up against the tax filing deadline, which …


Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn’t a good idea

A big tax bill is like hay fever . You don’t want it, you try to avoid it – and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now …


How to dig out from December’s debt

We asked some personal finance bloggers how they manage to keep holiday celebrations from morphing into debt that lasts all year. Their advice: Once you make a mess, act fast …


Your Money Secrets Are Killing You

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults admitted feeling stressed about money and 22 percent reported extreme stress. Studies show that such stress can be lethal. Just talking about it can help.


Should you save enough to live to 100?

First, you were supposed to die at 85. Then 90. Now 95 and even 100 are common defaults when financial planners tell people how much to save for retirement. Except …


Why you need to check if your child has a credit report

They might not be old enough to swipe a credit card or take out a loan, but you still need to keep an eye on your little one’s credit. Kids …


Pope comes to Philadelphia, pays tribute women in the church

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis arrived in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday for the final leg of his U.S. visit — a festive weekend devoted to celebrating Catholic families …


Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban …


Health law business insurance site delayed 1 year

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law. An online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until …


Shutdown’s lesson: Build a financial safety net

Let the government shutdown serve as a wake-up call: You need an emergency fund. Thousands of government workers were out of work for more than two weeks, causing many of …


Croatians to vote on golf in historic referendum

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — In 1991, Croatians voted for independence and then last year to join the European Union. Now, in only the third referendum ever in the country, the …


Obama earned less in 2012, pays $112k in taxes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made less in 2012 than in any other year since taking office, with about 40 percent of the nearly $609,000 in income that he and …


Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

WASHINGTON (AP) — They may not agree on much else, but there’s a change to Medicare that President Barack Obama and Republicans both support: Expand a little-known law so more …


IRS: 100M taxpayers face delays without AMT fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 100 million taxpayers — about two-thirds of all filers — won’t be able to file their 2012 tax returns until late March if Congress doesn’t …


Discounts abound as stores try to salvage season

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never. This holiday shopping season, many stores haven’t been offering the same blockbuster deals as they …


Facebook users hit ‘like,’ stores jump into action

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook isn’t just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what’s in stores during this holiday …


Boehner to pursue backup bill to avert tax hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he is readying a backup bill aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff” because President Barack Obama has yet to offer …


Holiday shoppers may see big discounts soon

NEW YORK (AP) — If shoppers don’t show up in stores soon, more “70 percent off” sale signs will. After a promising start to the holiday shopping season over the …


Social Security fast-tracks rare-disease claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by …


After Sandy, NYC pins housing hope on repairs

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing Superstorm Sandy’s daunting toll of wreckage and displacement in the nation’s largest city, officials have put much of their hopes and hundreds of millions of …


Big winners share lessons, risks of Powerball win

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — So you just won the $550 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what? Perhaps it’s time for a tropical vacation or a …


Lines by Madonna and other celebs pop up in stores

This holiday season you’re likely to spot singer Jennifer Lopez in Kohl’s. You could get a peek at pop music icon Madonna in Macy’s. You might even catch a glimpse …


Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans clicked away on their computers and smartphones for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. Shoppers …


Holiday shopping season off to record start

NEW YORK (AP) — If you make holiday shopping convenient, Americans will come in droves. It’s estimated that U.S. shoppers hit stores and websites at record numbers over the Thanksgiving …


Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day

NEW YORK (AP) — Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed online …


Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving permanently?

This season could mark the end of Black Friday as we know it. For decades, stores have opened their doors in the wee hours on the day after Thanksgiving. But …


Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

This year’s Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who’d rather shop. Stores typically open in the …


Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season

Black Friday got off to its earliest start ever as the nation’s shoppers put down their turkey and headed straight to the malls. Stores typically open in the wee hours …


Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season

Black Friday got off to its earliest start ever as the nation’s shoppers put down their turkey and headed straight to the malls. Stores typically open in the wee hours …