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5 ways you can fatten your wallet over Thanksgiving weekend

washingtonpost.com — It's Thanksgiving and soon your belly will be full. Wouldn't you like to do a few things to fill your wallet, too? You might as well use some of your holiday weekend time to cross off items on your financial to-do list.

How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

washingtonpost.com — Whether you're planning to line up for a new flat-screen TV at midnight or expecting to knock out your shopping on the iPad from the comfort of your couch, chances are you'll be using your credit card a lot more in the coming weeks. And that means more chances for your card information to be stolen.

Finance Lab: Can this caregiver retire at age 62?

washingtonpost.com — Like many women her age, Grace Lim cares for an aging parent. But Lim, 59, also has another relative under her watch - a sister who is near her age but can't work because of a disability. The three live together, and Lim has done well as the sole breadwinner in the household for the past several years.

7 things you can do now to lower next year's tax bill

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Tax season is coming up, and it isn't expected to be an easy one. For the first time, people will have to report their health insurance status on their tax returns. As happens every couple of years, there are a slew of tax breaks that will go away next year if Congress doesn't act to renew them.

Was your college degree worth the cost? Depends on how you’re paying for it.

washingtonpost.com — Do you feel like your college degree was worth the money you paid for it? The answer probably depends on how you paid for it. If you're swimming in debt, your answer is more likely "no," according to a new study.

Why it’s cheaper to get a new car than a used car right now

washingtonpost.com — Is your car about to give out? It might be a good time to upgrade, especially if you have your eye on a new one. Interest rates for car loans overall are down this quarter when compared to the start of 2012, but they are much cheaper for new car loans, according to a report from Wallet Hub, a financial comparison Web site.

The major cities where homeownership is the most - and least - affordable

washingtonpost.com — The hurdles to homeownership are many. On top of saving for the down payment, some people are too busy stressing about other debt to want to take on a mortgage. Others are better off stashing the money away for retirement.

7 things you can do now to lower next year's tax bill

denverpost.com — By Jonnelle Marte The Washington Post Posted: 11/16/2014 12:01:00 AM MST WASHINGTON - Tax season is coming up, and it isn't expected to be an easy one. For the first time, people will have to report their health insurance status on their tax returns.

7 things you can do now to lower next year’s tax bill

washingtonpost.com — Tax season is coming up, and it isn't expected to be an easy one. For the first time, people will have to report their health insurance status on their tax returns. As it happens every couple of years, there are a slew of tax breaks that will go away next year if Congress doesn't act to renew them.

The states that tax the poor the most

washingtonpost.com — The tax breaks available to the poor offer a lot more than extra spending money each spring. For some families, it can go a long way toward eventually lifting them out of poverty. Such tax breaks are pretty standard, and pretty generous, at the federal level - to the point where they typically eliminate federal income tax liabilities for families in poverty.
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Nov 28, 2014

Choose your health plan, estimate your tax bill and other financial tasks to knock out over Thanksgiving weekend: wapo.st/1vo6Aj8

Nov 28, 2014

Don’t let retailers bully you into opening a store credit card. The discounts aren’t enough to overcome the regrets. wapo.st/1FBD4ej

Nov 28, 2014

Online or in-store holiday shopping? The new reality is a little of both. wpo.st/xV2w via @sarahhalzack

Nov 28, 2014

RT @sarahhalzack: Crazy stat: In the first hour of stores opening last night, Target sold 1,800 TVs per minute and 2,000 video games per minute.

Nov 28, 2014

RT @sarahhalzack: Think people still get up at the crack of dawn for #BlackFriday sales? Think again. wapo.st/1vltQzC via @GetThereWP

Nov 27, 2014

Something to keep in mind as you are hitting the stores this weekend: bit.ly/1qBJV48 pic.twitter.com/8einPoplfx

Nov 27, 2014

Don't get hacked when you're out shopping tomorrow: wapo.st/1ttlyQK

Nov 27, 2014

Now that your belly is full, here are 5 ways you can fatten your wallet over Thanksgiving weekend: wapo.st/1uYVhiU

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