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Table of Contents:VOL. 37, NO. 7 - July 2008
On the cover
Inflation survival guide
Inflation survival guide
Gas, food and medical costs are all up - and higher prices may be on the way. Time to get a strategy. By Amanda Gengler, Janice Revell and Penelope Wang 
Features
Life without plasticThe surprising benefits of giving up your credit cards - even if you never carry a balance. more
Sometimes what you don't know can hurt you. The best remedy: full disclosure. more
You can still get the money your child needs, on terms your family can afford to pay. more
You may think you already know everything the queen of mass-market money advice has to say. You would be wrong. more
The Gunns ditched the corporate world for the family farm. They love their new life, but did it simplify their finances? Not by a long shot. more
Start
New ways to save on drugs
Where and how you'll find deals. By Joe Light 
Three things to know about...
Buying a foreclosed home. By Stephen Gandel  
Money helps
By Donna Rosato 
Do the right thing
A guy in our car pool won't drive. Shouldn't he pay more? By Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz 
Your money & your life
Now I'm a greener driver. By Jean Chatzky  
Launch
How i did it
Jennifer Walzer started a biz on a bare-bones budget. As told to Josh Hyatt  
Your shop
Questions about bringing a brainstorm to market. 
Plan
Too busy to start planningJust follow this simple road map and you'll be on track in seven weeks. By Karen Cheney more
Offset rising gas prices with cheaper car insurance. more
Right on your money
A life of monthly pension checks usually beats taking a lump sum. By Janice Revell  
The boom years
Hanging tough in today's market may not be enough. By Dan Kadlec 
The Mole
How much you really pay for advice 
The long view
Ignore talk about the "number." There's a better way to plan for retirement. By Walter Updegrave 
Home
Love the home you're with
Can't sell your home in this market? Then make it more livable. By Josh Garskof 
Before and after
A ground-floor expansion makes an 1890s home more marketable. By Kate Ashford  
Value added
These man-made materials look great, enhance your home's value and cost less than nature's own. By Josh Garskof 
Spend
Home security 2.0
New monitoring systems let you keep an eye on your place while you're away. By Bob Tedeschi 
Carry-on computers
The latest laptops are light enough to balance on a finger, but not all of them have the firepower you need. By John Biggs 
Invest
One world, one fundBuying "global" funds may be the best way to invest in U.S. and foreign stocks. more
The Answer Guy
By George Mannes 
Money makeover
Real estate was very good to this investor. But what now? By Amanda Gengler 
The intelligent investor
Why pension funds beat mutual funds. By Jason Zweig 
Sivy on stocks
Companies that will profit from a new Internet boom. By Michael Sivy 
Back of the book
The bottom line
Putting a price on your polluting. By Pat Regnier 
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