Money & Work Top Stories

Useful advice, tools and tips about mid-life careers, family finance, retirement, investing, and more.

Retiring On Social Security Alone

By Daisy Chan | Retirement

What’s it like to live on just social security? Barbara Woodruff of St. Louis shares her story, and it may surprise you.

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5 Financial Secrets of People Who Retire Young

By Christina Couch | Retirement

How to kiss your 9-to-5 goodbye, faster.

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How to Win Free Gift Cards

By Donna Freedman | Family Finance

Scams abound, but there really ARE ways to earn hundreds of dollars’ worth of merchant credit. Free gift cards are a great way to prop up the budget.

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7 Weird College Scholarships & Monetary Awards

By Christina Couch | Kids & Money

GPAs and athletic prowess aside, these specialized awards reward students for their quirky interests & other non-traditional assets.

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9 Ways to Get Top Dollar for Your Home

By Kim Moreau | Saving & Investing

Looking to sell your house? Before you do, check out these tips that can ensure it sells, and for potentially thousands of dollars more.

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What Retirement Really Looks Like

By Carol LaChapelle, Next Avenue | Retirement

Next Avenue asked 15 retirees if their retirement plans matched reality—and their answers were all over the board.

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27 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

By Donna Freedman | Saving & Investing

Most of these money-saving tactics don’t hurt a bit. Some might even make you healthier.

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The Drugstore Game: Save BIG on Sundries

By Donna Freedman | Family Finance

By shopping smart, you can score big discounts—and even free stuff—from drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.

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Host a Home Party and Make Money

By Daisy Chan | Career

Remember the Tupperware lady? Now there are loads of direct-sales companies where you can earn a great income by selling products from home.

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10 Best & Worst States for Taxpayers Over 50

By Christina Couch | Saving & Investing

States dramatically vary in how they treat income, property, sales, estate and inheritance tax—all of which can affect your retirement finances.

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