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5 Tips to Help 50-Somethings Make Ends Meet

Once you reach your 50s, you're generally at or near your peak earnings years. If making ends meet is tough now, it's not likely to get any easier as time marches forward.

Three Simple Steps: Making Ends Meet

Making ends meet simply means controlling your budget so that you have more money coming in than you've got going out. Here are three simple steps that can help you succeed.

America's 10 Biggest Advertisers

Ad Age is out with its list of the 25 biggest advertisers in the United States. Here are the top 10 big spenders, and what all those advertising dollars do for their brands.

Our Most Embarrassing Money Moments Revealed

Nearly everyone has had cringe-worthy moments relating to cash -- with strangers, friends, co-workers, even family. A new survey reveals the most common, and the most painful.

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.

Consumers Give U.S. Economy a Lift Before Election

Consumer confidence surged in October to its highest level in nearly five years. Americans were encouraged by recent declines in the unemployment rate. And they responded by spending more on cars and trucks, at retail businesses and on goods produced at U.S. factories.

U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.8 Percent in September

Americans increased their spending in September at twice the rate that their income grew, a sign of confidence in the economy. Still, consumers made up the difference by saving less for a third straight month, a troubling trend.

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 ...

Retailers Report Slower Sales Growth in Sept

Americans slowed down their spending in September as they took a pause after wrapping up their back-to-school buying, according to monthly reports from major retailers released Thursday.

Twentysomethings: It's Time to Declare Financial Independence

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence, let's take a moment to think about our individual declarations of financial independence. If you're still ruled by debt, fiscal confusion, and reliance on others, here are a few tips for breaking free.

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.

Super Bowl Spending Is Up ... and It's Good

Retailers and consumer products companies are on charging downfield toward a touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday. Consumer spending related to the big game is expected to reach an all-time high this year, with the average watcher projected to shell out $63.87 on Super Bowl-related merchandise.

No Trick: It's Adult Revelers Driving Halloween Sales

Halloween can get ghoulishly expensive for parents. Between decorating, candy, pumpkin-picking and costumes, and the holiday price tag can get almost scary. But many of the biggest spenders on Halloween don't even have kids: Young professionals now spend the most of anyone.

Financial Trick or Treat: Sweet Deals, Scary Mistakes

The world of personal finance is a lot like Halloween: Filled with treats if you're good (and clever), but rife with tricks if you're not careful. Here's some savvy advice that will keep your money tree from getting TPed, and help you bring home a pumpkin full of sweet rewards.

Dani Johnson Offers Her 12 Laws for Creating Wealth

Multimillionaire businesswoman and business coach Dani Johnson made plenty of mistakes and hit more than a few speed bumps on the road to her success. But those difficulties taught her a few things about how to make money, how to keep it, and how to turn it into your slave.

Should You Save or Earn Your Way Rich?

It's a contentious personal finance debate: To stay out of debt and get rich, should we focus on controlling our small purchases, or put most of our effort into making the big gains in areas like earnings? DailyFinance asks three of the Web's most popular personal finance bloggers for their views.

It's Time for a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

On New Year's Day, you had plans -- promises to get your finances in order in 2011. Today, check your financial pulse: Where do all those good intentions stand? Ask yourself tough questions then take action. The experts tell you where to begin.