American Money

Don’t Let a House Ruin Your Retirement

March 27, 2017

For many people, homeownership is a major life goal, and they spend years saving to purchase their first home. But should owning a home come at the expense of other financial goals, like saving for retirement? The answer is no. But a January 2017 Bankrate survey found that, in fact, more than one in...
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How to Get Your Biggest Tax Deduction

March 25, 2017

Tax season is in full swing, and many Americans are scrambling to maximize their tax deductions. Here are some ways you can make sure you get your biggest tax deduction, such as choosing the ideal filing status, deciding if itemizing is a smart idea, and taking advantage of the deductions you can take whether...
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Money Milestones: Affording a Baby [Video]

March 23, 2017

Guess how much it costs to raise a child these days (not including college costs). The latest government figures show that for a middle-income family, parents can expect to spend close to a quarter of a million dollars to raise one child through high school. This includes food, housing, health care, and...
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The Clumsy Traveler Saves for a Trip [Video]

March 21, 2017

Welcome back to The Clumsy Traveler’s financial planning series to save for an amazing vacation. Today’s post will tell you everything I do to save before traveling or making any major travel purchases. If you’re wondering where I’m going for my birthday trip the answer is: No, I still haven’t chosen my...
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If You Think Taxes Are Too High, You Need to Read This

March 19, 2017

A cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s campaign was tax reform. You can read the full details of Trump’s tax plan here, but the general idea is that Trump pledged to consolidate the number of tax brackets from seven to three, lower the tax rates for most Americans, eliminate the marriage penalty, and generally simplify...
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