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Unusual Quakes: Would Your Home Be Covered?

If you live on the East Coast, the earth moved under your feet Tuesday -- and in Colorado, the same thing happened Monday. With two fairly strong earthquakes hitting areas of the country where they rarely strike, you may be wondering: Am I covered? Should I be? DailyFinance answers your post-quake questions.

How to Find the Best Used Cars for Under $10,000

Used has become chic, especially when it comes to cars. Trouble is, with everybody clamoring for cheap transportation, pre-owned has gotten pricier, which means you'll have to dig to find deals. Web2Carz.com has made that hunt a little easier with its Best Used Cars Under $10,000 list.

My 3 Cents: When and How to Haggle for Everyday Items

We all know not to pay sticker price for a new car or a house, but the prices for many of the things we buy regularly aren't set in stone either. And where there's wiggle room, there's haggling. So how can you haggle gracefully? Regina Lewis explains the two cardinal rules of haggling.

IRS Offers Help to Late Taxpayers at Open Houses Saturday

For some of us, getting a financial fresh start might begin with paying back taxes. More than 1 million taxpayers had federal tax liens filed against them in 2010, a 60% increase from 2007. On Saturday, the IRS will host open houses at 74 Taxpayer Assistance Centers around the country to provide assistance with getting liens withdrawn and answer questions about ongoing issues.

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

DailyFinance has asked you, our readers, for your personal finance questions, and many of you have responded. One popular topic of those queries has been mortgages. Today, we reply to Ed, a 57-year-old with a small equity mortgage. Should he pay it off faster, or invest his extra money elsewhere?

How to Put Your Gas Savings into Overdrive

If you're among the 39 million Americans on the road for the Fourth of July weekend, you're burning up hard-earned money with every mile. Pump prices were still averaging a hefty $3.55 a gallon across the nation for regular on July 1, so it's time to fuel up on gas-saving tips.

Don't Let Roller Coasters Take You for a Ride

How do you deal with a thief that's 230 feet tall and robs you at 80 miles per hour? Hordes of Americans will descend on amusement parks this weekend, so this is a good time to remind everyone of Murphy's Law of Roller Coasters: If your stuff can get loose, it generally will.

Getting the Best Memorial Day Shopping Deals

On Memorial Day weekend, retailers pull out all the stops to move fresh merchandise, and if you play your cards right, you can get some great deals. But even though it's the semi-official start of summer, you'll want to do your homework first. (Don't worry, you can cheat off of DailyFinance's personal finance columnist, Regina Lewis.)

Cannes Notebook: Talking Money With the Stars

The Price of Fame's Cannes Film Festival notebook overflowed with monetary morsels about movers and shakers in the movies. Here are a few choice leftovers from "Restless" stars Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, and "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius.

ER's Linda Cardellini Explains her Rx for Financial Health

Linda Cardellini played nurse Samantha Taggart on ER, but when it comes to her finances, she's the one getting intensive care. She has pros watching her money, and she watches them, too. But just because she has a lead role in a film at Cannes doesn't mean she's all about the conspicuous-consumption Hollywood lifestyle.

How Mortgage Shopping Can Hurt Your Credit Score

It's a can't-win situation: The very process of shopping around for a low interest rate on a mortgage can adversely impact your credit score and cost you the cheaper loan you're seeking. That's because each time a lender pulls your credit report, it shaves a few points off your score.

The Frugal Auteur: How Roger Corman Makes Cheap Great

What's the cheapest thing B-movie maestro Roger Corman ever did in the movie biz? Find out in our interview with the penny-pinching master of the low-budget film, who's in Cannes to promote a documentary about himself, "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel."

More Gas Saving Ideas: Suggestions From Left Field

We've already shared some ideas from our readers on ways to economize, squeeze extra miles out of your tank, and find surprising discounts. In the final part of this series, we'll take a peek at some of the more unusual methods that you offer for reducing pain at the pump.

Could Google's Chromebook Steal Microsoft's Shine?

Google recently announced the launch of the Chromebook: a notebook PC loaded with its Chrome Web browser as a bare-bones operating system. This Web-based portable is a direct attack on Microsoft's core businesses: the Windows OS and the Office suite. But how much of a threat is it?

Five Dividend Payers to Save Your Portfolio

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Motley Fool analyst Matt Koppenheffer decided to twist that nugget of wisdom a bit and look at what did work in past and figure out how we can repeat it. Doing so, he found five dividend payers that fit the bill today.

Tell Us Your Best Tips for Summer Road Trips

Summer vacation season is nearly here. It's time to travel, but with the economy still sluggish, we all want to do it without draining our bank accounts. So DailyFinance is asking our readers for advice: How do you save money on road trips? What are your favorite low-cost places to visit? And what are your best tips for enjoying a summer vacation without bankrupting yourself?

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.

The Motley Fool's Secret to Investing in Commodities

Investing is prone to manias and panics. Investors get excited as prices rise, and end up buying today what they should have bought years ago. The recent commodities sell-off reminded me of the rule I follow for commodities investing. Had you followed it, you'd have saved loads of money in 2008 and 2009 and made tons recently.

Is Your Financial Situation Grave? Try Zombie Economics

If you've ever felt like your debts were going to eat you alive, the authors of "Zombie Economics" have some advice for you: Battle for your financial survival with the same methods you'd use to fight off an approaching horde of the shuffling, brain-chomping undead.

Unusual Cures for Pain at the Gas Pump

It's almost automatic: As soon as gas prices go up, the media rushes to offer suggestions for saving money on fuel. But rather than recycling all the old familiar ideas, DailyFinance asked its readers for their best suggestions to reduce pain at the pump, and you gave us some unusual options.

How to Cut Your Car Insurance Costs

If you're looking for clues about what impacts your car insurance rates, check in the mirror -- it's mostly about you. And while there are some parts of your personal profile that you can't change, for many of the items that affect your premiums, you're in the drivers seat.

Eight Money Lessons for New College Grads

Members of the Class of 2011, you're about to be tossed head first into the real world, and -- surprise -- you probably need a little more education about how to handle your personal finances. Here's a Cliffs Notes crash course in Money 101.

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.

Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

Today's sluggish housing market has little margin for error: Make an ill-conceived or poorly researched home purchase now, and you'll almost certainly pay the price later. To avoid that, make sure you have the right answers to these three questions before you buy your next home.

Eat Better for Less by Rediscovering Peasant Food

Americans are still pinching pennies, and some of that budget cutting is happening in our kitchens. But spending less on food doesn't have to mean sacrificing quality or taste. Centuries of effort in cultures around the world has gone into creating delicious, inexpensive and surprisingly healthy peasant cuisines.

Home Exchanges: Why Pay When You Can Swap?

Summer is around the corner, but vacation budgets for many families are tight. Still, a bit of belt-tightening doesn't have to mean giving up your dream vacation if you're able to escape the costs of a hotel and car rental. Now could be the time to take a leap of faith and try a home exchange or swap.

Plan Now to Avoid an Inheritance Feud Later

Infighting among heirs is on the rise, thanks to the weak economy, the increase in blended families and a host of other factors. Probably the biggest is simply poor planning. Life is complicated enough, so don't bequeathe a battle to your heirs. Here's some straight advice.

How to Succeed in Boosting Exports: 10 Easy Lessons

President Obama has set a goal for the nation -- doubling U.S. exports in the next five years -- and helping smaller businesses is a big part of his plan. But for advice from the trenches, we've interviewed five executives at global export leaders and gleaned 10 tips you can apply to your own company.