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5 Summer Scams to Avoid

Just because it's summer doesn't mean scammers are taking a break. Here are five scams that are common in the summer and steps you can take to avoid them.

The Risks of Taking a 401(k) Loan

If you take money from your 401(k) account, you're exposing yourself to fees and penalties. But you're also missing out on market gains.

3 Reasons to Not Cut Your Cable

Some people may be able to drop cable TV and not spend extra elsewhere. For most of us, though, hanging onto cable makes real economic and practical sense.

Money Lessons From My Mom

As a child, my mother made it a priority to prepare me for a life of financial stability. Here are some of the key money lessons I learned from her.

What 'Mad Men' Teaches Us About Money

You may not be able to afford the Mad Men lifestyle, but you can learn about money from the last season of this riveting AMC drama about an ad agency.

The 7 Best Money Tips

Financial planning can be both easy and incredibly complex. But if you focus on the basics, you can get a big jump on saving for the future -- no matter what it holds.

Rules to Save By: Jean Chatzky Reveals Her Simple Money Tips

During more than two decades of helping people learn to manage their money, Jean Chatzky has picked up a host of financial maxims that she falls back on over and over again. Why? Because they make sense. They're funny. They're memorable. And they work.

Readers' Tips for Financial Revival, Part 1: Smart Saving

A few weeks ago, we asked DailyFinance readers for their best tips for putting your financial house in order. Many were quick to note that the foundation of financial security lies in being ready when disaster hits. Here are some of their best suggestions for planning for those rainy days.

How Did You Do It? Share Your Money Success Stories

The start of a new year is a traditional moment for turning over a new leaf -- but real change doesn't come easy. With that in mind, we're asking you, our readers to share your best financial planning stories, tips and secret strategies.

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.

Joe Mantegna of Cars 2 Is Driven to Be Money-Smart

Actor Joe Mantegna has made a living at make-believe for more than 40 years. But though he could probably afford to splurge, he swears by a get-real financial credo. "Always live within your means," said Mantegna, the voice of Grem the mobster in "Cars 2," which opens Friday.

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.

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.

Spending smart so you can save

Gregory Karp, author of The 1-2-3 Money Plan (FT Press) and the nationally syndicated column "Spending Smart," shares with WalletPop's Lan Nguyen...