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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.

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.

How Being Too Cheap Can Cost You a Fortune

Being frugal is smart, and these days, it's fashionable too. Sometimes, though, it just doesn't make sense to be a Scrooge: Going too far in your attempts to save can have financial consequences that leave you significantly worse off. Here are nine ways you shouldn't cut corners.

11 Smart Places to Invest Your Money Now

As the economic recovery takes hold and the investing landscape shifts again, it's important to adjust your investment strategy to take advantage of the new opportunities. Here are 11 areas experts think you should consider putting your money into right now:

Want to Become a Saver? Check These 10 Best Online Resources

If you wish you could become a saver and investor, but you don't know where to begin, the Alliance for Investor Education wants to help: As part of its America Saves Week, the AIE has released its list of the top 10 online resources to help consumers build up their savings.

Treasury TIPS: A Looming Disaster for Small Investors

Hoping to add some safety against inflation to their portfolios, many folks have been investing in Treasury inflation-protected securities -- TIPS. So now that inflation is on the horizon, they should be sitting pretty, right? Unfortunately not. Here's why.

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.

Who to tip and how much

Most people know how much to tip the wait staff at a restaurant but unless you find yourself gratuitously leaving gratuities everywhere you go you...

Tips for Vetting an Investment Adviser

The Bernard Madoff scandal made a lot of people wonder if they'd checked out their brokers or advisers thoroughly enough. If you haven't gone through the steps to vet the person who's holding your hand when it comes to your investments, here's where to start.

Fed Faces Big Dilemma Amid Weak Economy

When the Federal Reserve ends a two-day meeting today, most economists will be looking for hints about when interest rates may start to move higher. But the Fed may have a more serious problem: what to do about deflation when rates can't go any lower.

Credit card tricks to avoid

While the recently enacted credit card rules provided some positive changes to the credit card landscape, there are still plenty of ways credit card...