9 smart moves in a tough economy

You don't have to be an economist to see that it's been harder to make and keep a dollar these days. But you can set the stage for a financial comeback. Nine of our readers share smart money moves they've made.

Sold stock, paid off the house
Sold stock, paid off the house
Name: Wade Bloom
Age: 40
Hometown: Fargo, N.D.

In the summer of 2008, my wife and I were sitting on about $80,000 of company stock. I had an uneasy feeling about the markets, so I sold the whole batch.

We used the proceeds to pay off the mortgage on our $300,000 house.



Tali Yahalom @Money - Last updated February 17 2012: 5:17 PM ET
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