How Much Do I Need to Retire?

Less than half of Americans know how much they’ll need to save for their retirement, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The amount depends on things like when you decide to leave the workforce, the type of retirement lifestyle you’re planning, where you’ll live and your health. The bottom line, however, is that it’s never too early or late to begin saving for retirement. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Fun Things to Do During a Blackout

What would you do during a power outage to have fun? At one time or another, you’ll likely be caught in a blackout, so it’s important to be prepared – especially if you have kids at home. Here are some entertaining ideas.

5 of the Best Free Personal Finance Websites

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Budget-Friendly Brown Bag Lunches

Pack delicious & nutritious meals fit for grown-up palates What’s your lunch break style? Pricey take-out spreads from the trendiest restaurants in town? Microwaved frozen meals in plastic trays? The same PB&J that your kid brought to school? It’s easy to … Continued

Best Times to Buy Big Ticket Items

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How’s Your Defensive Driving IQ?

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Prepare Your Home for Seniors

Make your living space safe and comfortable for older adults. Many older people prefer the comforts of a home over the transition to a senior living facility. But the truth is that most homes are not as well equipped as … Continued

Car Seat Requirements Cheat Sheet

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Protect Your Goods From Power Outages

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Avoid the Dreaded “Winter Coat”

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Vacation Travel on the Cheap

With the holidays behind you, it’s time to start eyeing the next big celebration: summer vacation! Long gone are the days of travel agents calling all the shots. With the advent of the Internet and its abundant travel deals, you … Continued

Eco-Friendly Home Energy

A look at the most popular “green” options. For environmentally conscious consumers, there are more options than ever before to power your home with electricity you can feel good about. “Wind and solar are the best-known renewable energy sources,” says … Continued