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4 Personal Financial Planning Musts for Dads

Dads, take time this Father's Day weekend to kick back and relax. But next week, implement these financial planning essentials. You and your family will be better off for it.

His Financial Goal: Get Ahead of the High Cost of Higher Education

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- even the staff of DailyFinance. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals, and we're sharing her answers with you. First up: An editor looking ahead to college tuition bills.

This Weekend's Best Deals

Every Friday, we scan the weekly ads, deal sites and retailer marketing emails to find the best deals available for the coming week. Here are a few of the best freebies and limited-time offers we found.

529 College Savings Plans: The Good, the Bad and the Unranked

Morningstar has published its annual analysis of America's best and worst 529 college savings plans, and while there are good options out there, a lot depends on where you live. If you have kids -- and higher-education-related hopes for them -- here's what you need to know.

3 College Finance Tips for Scared Students (and Their Parents)

More than 80% of parents of 16- to 18-year-olds believe college is important to their child's future -- and a similar number are worried about how to pay for it. Here are a few tips that could make solving the college financing puzzle a little easier.

ETFs and 529s: Two Smart Money Moves That Don't Go Together

Exchange-traded funds are among the most popular recent innovations in the investing world -- with good reason: They offer a host of advantages over mutual funds. But they aren't a universally good solution: They make no sense at all within 529 college savings plans.

529 College Savings Plans: What You Need to Know

A 529 savings plan may be the most accessible and simplest way to save for college, but it's also one of the most widely misunderstood financial tools among consumers. Let us clear up some of that confusion.

5 Top Websites for Snaring College Financial Aid

A host of websites exist to steer parents toward private- and government-sponsored student loans, grants and scholarships. Here are five notable sites to help cut through college aid information overload.

The Triple Threat to Baby Boomers' Retirement Plans

After long careers, members of the leading edge of the baby boom generation have gotten to the age where many would like to retire. But more boomers have chosen to put off their retirement plans -- and the latest impediment may surprise you.

3 Ways to Make the Most of a Payroll Tax Cut

Although GOP senators have blocked action on Obama's $447 billion jobs bill, parts of it may yet get enacted, including an extension and expansion of a payroll tax cut that would put hundreds of dollars more a year in the pockets of ordinary American workers. Here are three smart ways for you to earmark that cash for your future.

Budgeting for Baby: Money Advice for New Parents

A pair of soon-to-be parents wrote DailyFinance's Laura Rowley looking for "a good technique for budgeting with a newborn or just budgeting period." With the cost of raising a child just to 17 estimated at more than $250,000, they're smart to be thinking about those money issues early.