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5 Ways to Save Money When You Eat Out

Here are some easy ways you can make your eating-out dollars go further -- simple tips to help you cut your dining bill while still providing the experience you crave.

How Fast Should You Cut Your Debt?

Determining how fast you can and should pay off your debts starts with a few simple steps -- and first among them is understanding how you got into debt to start with.

President Obama's Weirdest New Taxes

To achieve $1.8 trillion in new revenue, President Obama has plenty of big taxes in his budget proposal. Here are some quirky maneuvers he suggests.

Obama Unveils $3.8 Trillion Spending Plan

Obama sends Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming Social Security.

How This Family of 4 Lives Well on Just $14,000 a Year

Danielle Wagasky, her husband, and two kids live well and happily on just $14,000 a year: She's been sharing her efforts to live meaningfully and frugally on her blog, "Blissful and Domestic," since 2009, and was happy to tell us how she and her family make it work.

13 Financial New Year's Resolutions to Keep in 2013

When it comes to keeping New Year's resolutions, plenty of us don't have such great track records. But most people who made financial resolutions in 2012 kept them, which makes them a smart addition to your annual ritual. To set the stage for your success in 2013, here are 13 resolutions to consider.

Obama, Boehner One Step Closer on Fiscal Cliff Compromise

Just two weeks before the economy-threatening "fiscal cliff" is due to kick in, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making significant concessions to each other, backing off what had once been ironclad positions on how to avoid the huge automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

Lottery Winners Share Lessons, Risks of a Giant Powerball Prize

For the winners of the $500 million Powerball jackpot, past winners of mega-lottery drawings have some sound financial advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust.

13 Ways Americans Throw Away Money

Blame the government or blame the economy, but Americans should also blame themselves for their declining net worth. We waste over half a trillion dollars each year -- and that's just for areas with available data. And what do we waste that money on? Read on ...

Your Dry Cleaning Bill's About to Get Worse

If your weekly dry cleaning bill already has you cringing, brace yourself for more pain. As soon as your next pickup, prices may be higher -- and it's all because of wire hangers.

All the Heart, Half the Cost: Your Budget Valentine Ideas

In search of gifts that say more about the heart than the wallet, we asked our readers for inexpensive but meaningful ideas for Valentine's Day. They came through with a number of fine ways to demonstrate your love without busting your budget.

How to Fire Your Boss Within 10 Years

Imagine how empowering it would feel to spend your working hours doing a job that truly invigorates your mind, body and soul. To get there, you may well need to be willing to fire your boss -- But you can get there.