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The Car Insurance Companies That Charge More If You’re Single

Sure, there are financial perks to being partnered up. You can split living expenses. You might get a tax break. But, regardless of your relationship status, the price of a product is usually the same—unless that product is car insurance. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) calls out the insurance companies that… » 7/31/15 9:30am Today 9:30am

Calculate How Much You’ll Spend During Your Child's First Year

Sure, raising a child is expensive. And there’s plenty of data that quantifies just how expensive it is. The stats are interesting to look at, but in reality, your mileage varies cary quite a bit depending on a number of individual factors. This calculator gives you a better idea of what you can expect to spend in… » 7/31/15 6:00am Today 6:00am

Calculate Whether You'll Get a Marriage Penalty or Bonus at Tax Time

Most people assume marriage means you get a big tax break. The idea is: you combine both incomes and pay a single, reduced income tax. This is true in many cases, but not all of them. This calculator tells you whether you can expect to get a bonus or penalty when it comes time to file your taxes as a married couple. » 7/30/15 10:30am Yesterday 10:30am

Paribus Tracks Your Purchases to Automatically Refund Price Drops

If you buy an item and it drops in price, some retailers will refund you the difference. But most of us don’t have time to track everything we buy to see how prices fluctuate. Paribus will do the tracking for you, and, more importantly, it’ll automatically request refunds so you can get your money back without having… » 7/30/15 7:30am Yesterday 7:30am

500 Days of Kristin, Day 185: Did Kristin Make Less Money Than Audrina?

On September 29, 2009, The Daily Beast released a blockbuster report that shook our nation to its core. With its publication, previously guarded information became public to American citizens for the first time: the (inflated) salaries of the women and men then starring on MTV’s reality TV dramedy The Hills. » 7/29/15 3:12pm Wednesday 3:12pm

“Save to Invest, Don’t Save to Save”

It’s great to find ways to cut back on everyday expenses. The savings can add up. But what you do with the money you save is important. The whole point of cutting back is to use that money for something better. As author Grant Cardone puts it, “save to invest, don’t save to save.”http://lifehacker.com/5823762/a-bill... » 7/28/15 5:30am Tuesday 5:30am

Decide How Much Home You Can Afford With the 25% Rule of Thumb

One big lesson we learned from the housing crisis: don’t buy more home than you can afford. There are a handful of rules for figuring out what that amount is, but this one considers the additional costs, beyond home price. With this rule, all of your housing-related expenses should be no more than 25% of your gross… » 7/27/15 10:30am Monday 10:30am

Would You Hesitate to Marry a Person Who Was Super Deep in Debt?

Of all the things you wish to align between you and your partner—values, procreative plans, a shared love for bad reality TV—perhaps debt should be higher on that list, particularly when research shows that money conflict tends to correlate with divorce. Have you ever asked yourself: How much debt is too much for love… » 7/25/15 3:30pm 7/25/15 3:30pm

How to Decide Whether to Install Solar Panels for Your Home

Compared to a brand new bathroom or a kitchen remodel, installing solar panels on your roof is about as thrilling as insulating the attic. But, like adding insulation, going solar can be a home improvement that keeps on giving—possibly paying for itself and then some. Here’s how to find out if it’s a good investment… » 7/24/15 8:00am 7/24/15 8:00am

Quick Tips for Statistical Manipulation - Volume I

So you spend a lot of time trying to use numbers to make the arguments you don’t or can’t emphasize well enough with your words. The data is almost never available in the formats you would like and you’re tired of this. You don’t have a team of slaves interns to do the research for you or you’re not confident in their… » 7/24/15 10:15am 7/24/15 10:15am