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Cut Your Closing Costs

The Washington Post presents some tips on saving on closing costs on a home purchase by shopping around for title insurance.

How Much Student Loan Money Should You Borrow

If you want to pursue a higher education, you have a lot of questions to answer: What degree do you want? Which school will you attend? How long will it take to finish? How much money do you need to borrow?

Filing for Social Security Spousal Benefits

There are a few key requirements that must be met in order to qualify for a Social Security benefit based upon the earnings record of your current spouse.

How to File your Taxes for Free

You can use the IRS’ Free File if your Adjusted Gross Income is less than $60,000 for the tax year. An estimated 70% of American taxpayers fall within this criteria. Both the tax preparation and the e-filing process are free. Here is what you will need to have on-hand before starting the Free File process.

Debt vs. Retirement

Should you save for retirement or pay off your debt?  The answer may not be the same for everyone. A related story asked whether you should pay off your mortgage or save for retirement.

Hack Your Cash

Forbes magazine is starting a new series to help you “Hack Your Cash” so that you get a windfall. Or, if not a windfall, enough of a surplus that you don’t feel like you have to live on ramen noodles.

What You Need to Know About Estate Planning

The two things you can’t escape are death and taxes, but with thoughtful estate planning you can at least lessen the burden of taxes.

Loan Interest You Can—And Can’t—Deduct

Some of that interest you pay out each month is probably tax-deductible. Back in “the good old days,” taxpayers were allowed to deduct all their interest charges, even on credit-card bills to pay for vacations, Armani suits and movie tickets. Then Congress caught on and nixed that deal. Now Internal Revenue Code permits deductions only for certain varieties of interest.

Tax Rules for Non-Cash Charitable Donations

If you want to claim itemized deductions for noncash charitable donations on your 2014 Form 1040, remember that the rules on giving have been tightened over the years. MarketWatch offers a quick summary of the seven rules that apply to the most-common types of noncash charitable donations.

5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA

Congratulations! You submitted your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for.