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How to Be Financially Healthy

Submitted by Larry Light on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 9:00am

Paul Sullivan had a rough early life: a threadbare home, divorced parents, a lousy school and few prospects. Today, he is a highly regarded personal finance columnist for the New York Times, has a nice salary and lives in a wealthy suburb. How did that happen? Pluck and luck, yes, but also insights from savvy onlookers.

Why Not Print More Money?

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 9:00am

The Federal Reserve loves to print money. Governments love to spend it. So maybe the problem isn’t that the Fed has been printing too much money – the problem is that the Fed hasn’t been printing enough money to keep up with government spending.

How Money Can Buy Happiness

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Monday, May 18, 2015 - 9:00am

It’s a quintessential question: Can money buy happiness? The answer is: Yes, if it goes for the right things. Academic research shows that money buoys your happiness if you spend it on charity or other generous works and on buying experiences rather than things.

Your Credit Report: Vital

Submitted by Kay Allen on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:00pm

Your credit report greatly influences whether you get a mortgage or other loan, take out insurance, rent a home or even secure a job. Few other numbers help or hurt your life so deeply. Here’s how to find and improve this key tool in your financial life.

2 Card Payment Strategies

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:00pm

Getting deep into credit card debt is too easy. There are many ways to get out of debt, and none of them is easy. The two most effective methods are the debt snowball and the debt avalanche. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of these strategies to decide which works best for you.

Attacking That Card Debt

Submitted by Cherice Chen on Friday, April 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

The price to sleep better at night for Lisa was $40,000. That was how much she owed in credit card debt. But getting her to take the painful steps to reduce that debt was tough. For instance, there were the gifts she loved to give to her beloved niece.

8 Signs of Credit Problems

Submitted by Kimberly J. Howard on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Credit troubles often begin inconspicuously, yet there are signs all along the way before they become unmanageable. Being alert to these warnings allows you to make the necessary changes to prevent a future of financial worries.

Coping When Illness Strikes

Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

Two jobs, a new home, education underway for a new career: Then, at just age 59, comes the stroke that leaves a husband with no bad medical history suddenly wheelchair bound and his younger wife tossing in the financial and emotional storm.