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Money and Happiness: Laura Rowley Helps You Find Both

For 25 years, journalist and author Laura Rowley has helped people navigate the minefield of personal finance and explored the relationship between money and happiness. In her DailyFinance column, she aims to help you make enlightened decisions about your money -- and your life. Need some advice? All you have to do is ask.

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.

Why Taxing the Rich Is Good for America

Last week, Warren Buffett wrote an incredible opinion piece in The New York Times asking the government to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, himself included. "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress," he argued, and he's not alone in that view.

9 CEOs Who Need to Be Fired

Last year, 24/7 Wall St. put together a list of CEOs who need to retire, basing its judgment on quarterly earnings, stock price, and innovation. Now, with most large public companies having reported their second quarter results, 24/7 is back with a list of nine CEOs who are performing so poorly that they ought to be removed immediately. Read on to find out who, and why.

Total Recall: Turkey, Cars, Step Stools and More

DailyFinance collects all the new recalls here each week to help you keep track of the food and products to avoid. This week's recalls include Honda cars, Chrysler minivans, an herbicide from DuPont, a pin from the Build-A-Bear Workshop, step stools from Target and ground turkey from Cargill.

How Paying the Wrong Bills Costs You Money

Should you pay the last $100 on credit card with 10% annual interest, or $100 of a card with $1,000 and 15% interest? Paying off higher-interest card first saves you money, but consumers often choose to close out cards with the smallest balance anyway.

Gilt Groupe's CEO on Flash Sales' Fabulous Future

Gilt Groupe pioneered the private "flash sale" fashion website biz, which is now one of the fastest growing sectors in retail. Kevin Ryan, Gilt Groupe's CEO, spoke with us about growth opportunities, the world of private-sale sites, and competition -- including why it has a leg up on Amazon.

Is It Time for Unions to Sober Up?

In this economy, many Americans feel grateful to have jobs in the first place. The nation's high unemployment rate makes recent video of some of Chrysler's unionized workers drinking and smoking pot on the job all the more galling. It's time for unions to stop protecting slacker employees.

Enjoying Your Latte WIthout Worrying About Dying Penniless

If you read enough advice columns, one fact will come through loud and clear: Personal finance experts hate lattes. But you don't have to give up your favorite addictions to reach your financial goals. And if you turn cutting costs into a crusade, you risk cutting into your quality of life.

Money on Your Mind? Tell DailyFinance ... or Ask Us

We at DailyFinance want to know more about how we can help you with personal finance matters. So -- what's keeping you up at night? Consumer adviser Regina Lewis has access to some of of the world's top experts, and will chase down answers to your most pressing money questions.

The True Cost of Raising an Athlete: Time = Money

When your child makes the team, you're thrilled. You write the check, you buy the equipment -- and then the true cost kicks in: time. We've run the numbers on the true time cost of being an all-out "hockey mom" -- or any other sports parent, for that matter.

Why Teeny Bikinis Have Such Big Price Tags

Summer is here, which means for many of us, it's time for a new swimsuit. But as they hunt for a suit that truly suits, many women have to wonder: How is it that two-pieces can be so expensive when they're so tiny? DailyFinance columnist Loren Berlin dove into the clothing biz and came up with the answers.

Where America's Best New Jobs Are: In Your House

While growth in the traditional job market remains slow, there are signs that freelance and contract work is on the upswing. DailyFinance explores who's hiring, what jobs are out there, what you can expect to make, and the best ways to make working from home work for you.

Property Crimes Rise In Places You Wouldn't Expect

Overall property crime was down in 2010 according to the FBI, despite the rough economy. But in rural and suburban areas, the larceny and burglary rates actually rose. Here's why crime is shifting away from the big cities -- and what you should do to avoid being a victim.

Buyers Beware: Business Credit Cards Are a Bad Deal

When the Credit CARD Act of 2009 was enacted, the goal was to make credit cards safer for people, but banks have found a loophole. Those consumer protections weren't extended to cards designated for business or commercial use, and as a result, millions of American households are at risk from the same unfair bank practices as before.

The 10 Costliest Floods in American History

Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers flooded Vicksburg, Miss., to save New Orleans, an awful choice that speaks volumes about how hard it is for even modern technology to fight Mother Nature. 24/7 Wall St. looks back at other times when water won the battle.

Why Beer Costs More: A Sudsy Economics Lesson

It feels like the price of a case of beer is higher than it has been since the Babylonians first started fermenting barley 6,000 years ago. But what's behind the rising prices? Turns out, the explanation requires a tour across the economic landscape -- and around the world.

Money Advice from World's Most Beautiful Woman

We caught up with Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai at the Cannes Film Festival to chat what she's learned about money in her ascent to the top of India's film pantheon. Her answers show that despite her fame and fortune, in matters of finance, she's been wise enough to stay true to her middle-class roots.

Why $4 a Gallon Gas Wouldn't Last Long

Not long ago, everyone knew gas was sure to reach $4 a gallon for regular on a nationwide basis soon. Now, though, that sure thing is looking iffy: Gas prices are wavering, and a number of factors at home and abroad are about to come together to push demand -- and prices -- lower.

Oil Speculators: Manipulators or Savvy Investors?

As the price of oil has soared over the past few months, an army of commentators has accused "speculators" of manipulating the oil market to profit from the misery of the American people. But how much are these big investors to blame for our pain at the pump, and how much is simply a matter of supply and demand?

Dodgers Hit a Home Run with Free Tickets for Military

Major League Baseball's lineup of freebies often includes the wacky or the worthless, but one team got it just right this week. The Los Angeles Dodgers will give any member of the U.S. military -- active or retired -- two free tickets to any of its home games in May.

Jackpot! States With Biggest Lottery Payouts

Lotteries are big businesses in most states, and they can provide windfalls for both the winning ticket-holders and state coffers. But which states give the most back to ticket-holders and through government services?

Investing Made Simple: More Options for Small Investors

When it comes to investing your hard-earned cash, today's marketplace offers more options than ever for small investors. But the key to success lies in sticking to a few basic principles -- and avoiding the irrational behaviors that plague our financial lives.

When the 'Daily Deal' Is No Deal at All

Everyone loves to save money, and group-buying websites like Groupon and LivingSocial make it seem so easy. But they also make it easy -- and very tempting -- to buy more than you need, things that you don't, and coupons you'll never redeem. But you can tame your group-buying habit.

How to Put Your Electric Bill on Ice

The refrigerator is the second-biggest electricity hog in most homes, so if you want to trim your power bill, it's a great place to start. The best solution is to ditch your old one for a new, energy-efficient model, but if that isn't in your budget, there are still things you can do to cut your fridge's power bill right now.

10 Things You Don't Want to Tell Yourself About Money

When it comes to money, mindset really matters. What you tell yourself over and over again becomes what you do -- over and over again. Don't fall into the trap of shoddy thinking: Here are 10 bad memes that can seriously mess up your financial health, and advice on how to avoid them.

How to Make Extra Money With Your Home

The economy may be looking up, but for many of us, budgets are still tight. But if you're a homeowner wishing for a way to pump up your finances, you may be overlooking your greatest asset -- your home. There are plenty of ways to make money by renting out a portion of your property.

Save Money and Time By Slimming Down Your Life

As experts often note, there are several health problems associated with clutter and mess. Severe hoarders may even struggle to deal with rats, roaches and other vermin. But even apart from these miseries, there are more reasons for decluttering your life than just finding the floor.