Table of contents: VOL. 35, NO. 8 - August 1, 2006
COVER STORY
Americans are flocking to places that offer big-city opportunity and amenities--with a lot more green space and a lot less stress (more)

Features
Everyone has one: the folder where you stash old savings bonds, unused gift cards, crinkled IRA statements and dusty insurance policies. Comb through it and you might uncover some real treasure. (more)
CLASSES THAT TEACH KIDS ABOUT MONEY ARE FAILING. HERE'S WHAT PARENTS AND TEACHERS MUST DO NOW. (more)
Of course not! Or can it? Surprising new research sheds light on how you can (and can't) spend your way to a sunnier outlook on life. (more)
Jonathan and Miranda Edel and their four kids have raised frugal living to a high art. In today's mad consumer culture, that is anything but simple. (more)
Your 401(k): The Only Five Rules That Matter (more)
home
The most painful lesson? I wasn't covered. Spot the gaps in your insurance policy - and fill them. (more)
Stop leaks before they start, and eight other ways to outwit the handyman (more)
how i did it
A routine visit to the doctor led to a $1,600 bill from my health clinic. But I fought back--and won. (more)
invest

OUR LIST OF RECOMMENDED MUTUAL FUNDS (more)
Money keeps pouring into its top performers. But how many good investment ideas can one company have? (more)
This family dug deep to buy their first house. Now they want to build for the future. (more)
Keep today's economic problems in perspective, and good stocks seem like great buys (more)
BLUE-CHIP GROWTH STOCKS FOR THE LONG RUN (more)
THIS MONTH: Home builders ready to nail it...Growth guru glum about Google...ETFs double down... (more)
plan
The rules have changed. Time for new tactics. (more)
What happens when your parenting years overlap your retirement years? Many families are finding out. (more)
Marketers are after us 18-to-34-year-olds more than ever, and they're up to new tricks to hook us (more)
If you carry a balance, watch out. You could get charged 18% for a 1% reward. (more)
New rules will soon allow many more retirement savers to have a Roth IRA. My advice is go for it. (more)
How much will you need in retirement, what's your max mortgage payment and other guidelines to make you a better money manager. (more)
spend
Five mail-order ice creams. Four pregnant women. Welcome to the mother of all taste tests. (more)
Answers for your auto (more)
So your table's in the locked, upright position and you're prepared for takeoff. Just don't be prepared to be comfortable. As airlines look for new ways to cut costs (so long, peanuts!), in-flight amenities are going the way of carving stations and labor-management tranquility. So fend for yourself: The following are accessories that Samantha Brown, host of almost everything on the Travel Channel, uses to make the friendly skies a little friendlier. (more)
The best vacation souvenir isn't a trinket or a T-shirt but a skill you can use for life. (more)
start

Money Magazine's ethicists say some sacrifice is okay, but not at the expense of the siblings' interests. (more)

Think compact, fuel-efficient cars aren't as safe as SUVs? Think again. (more)
A third of leisure travelers bought travel insurance last year. But do you really need it? (more)
The number of award-seats has not kept pace with the number of miles. Three ways to land a seat. (more)
Donating money shows compassion. But too much knee-jerk giving doesn't help you--or the people in need. (more)
And what were the circumstances that prompted the gift? (more)
the numbers
Stock and Bond Funds Lose Ground in June (more)
Rate Hike Fears Weigh Down Small Stocks (more)
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To chart a course to your financial goals, it's essential to know your starting point. Take this quiz to see where you are, then follow some simple steps and strategies for getting to the next landmark. |more|