Personal Finance

Why you should pay off your car loan ASAP

You may not save a huge amount on interest, but you'll free up cash in your budget every month.  More

'A scammer stole my tax refund'

Pamela Knighton, a 51-year-old social worker from rural Georgia who earns under $25,000 per year, had her tax refund stolen by an identity thief last year.  More

In the market or under the mattress?

Financial planners say that you should put your money in the market to save for the future—but many people would rather keep it under their mattress.  Play

2 million homeowners no longer 'seriously' underwater

Surging home prices have helped nearly two million homeowners get back above water on their mortgages over the past year.  More

$25 million pad comes with a Rolls Royce

This 12,000 square-foot, 5-bedroom townhouse in Manhattan's Upper East Side is modeled after the Palace of Versailles and comes with many lavish amenities, including a brand new Rolls Royce.  Play

5 people you might not tip (but should)

Here are a few people who may not first come to mind when considering gratuity.  More

Is Medicare enough?

If you're on Medicare and not covered by an employer plan, consider buying some form of supplemental health insurance.  More

Detroit to auction vacant homes. Starting bid: $1,000

In its ongoing battle to fight blight, Detroit is launching a website where it will auction off vacant homes seized in tax foreclosures.  More

3 best podcast apps for easy listening

Whether you're new to listening to podcasts, addicted to them or just want something simple and easy to use, we've reviewed the best of the new breed.  More

Entrepreneurship sprouts among older ex-execs

Older entrepreneurs often have the experience, contacts and financial resources to create a successful startup.  More

How to ace a job interview

People on the streets of New York offer their best advice for shedding some of those pre-job interview jitters.  Play

Want to make money as a landlord? Try Detroit

Real estate investors have returned to Detroit, not only to find some of the best deals in the nation, but also high occupancy rates and relatively high rents.  More

Driving a $845,000 Porsche plug-in hybrid

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid packs 887 horsepower. We were lucky enough to drive the $845,000 monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.  Play

Is my data safe?

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier flags the biggest online data security dangers that you face.  More

Soaring prices make it hard to be a foodie

Prices for common foods like coffee, dairy and beef have increased greatly over last year, with some analysts pointing the finger at California's severe drought.  Play

10 tax audit red flags

From being too charitable to claiming the home office deduction, beware these tax audit red flags.  More

Owed a refund? There's no penalty for filing late

If you're owed a refund, you won't be hit by penalties if you file your taxes late.  More

Budgeting for a new home, and a disability

Tim and Jennifer Crosby want to trade up from their home. But with the wildcard of Tim's neurological disorder, they need to take the long view on what they can afford.  More

Spirit Airlines tops complaint list

Passengers flying on Spirit Airlines were three times as likely to lodge a complaint with the Department of Transportation than those flying any other major U.S. airline.  More

Toyota Camry gets a facelift

Toyota unveiled a redesigned Camry at the NY Auto Show complete with new brakes and suspension.  Play

The real story behind the $3 tax checkoff box

Fewer people are checking off the $3 contribution box on their tax returns to steer money into campaign financing.  More

Sleep in Dave Navarro's bed for under $1M

American guitarist Dave Navarro is selling his Hollywood bachelor pad along with his custom white-vinyl platform bed.  Play

Make the most of tax write-offs

Not all tax write-offs are the same. A quick guide to tax credits and tax deductions and how to make the most of both.  More

Buying a used car? Watch out for recalls

When you're buying a used car, do more than have a mechanic take a look at it. Check to see if there's been a safety-related recall.  More

'My girlfriend is a tax break'

If your boyfriend or girlfriend is dependent on you financially, there's a chance you can claim them as a tax break.  More

Live in a rock star's home for about $1 million

American guitarist Dave Navarro is selling his Hollywood bachelor pad along with his custom bed.  More

How to buy a great used car

These days, a used car can be a real bargain. According to Kelly Blue Book, used Kia Optimas, Nissan Jukes and plug-ins like the Chevy Volt are winners.  Play

IRS chasing 300 new identity thieves

The IRS has launched dozens of investigations into tax-related identity theft and fraudulent refund claims so far this filing season.  More

Get married, save on car insurance

Your marital status, age and gender can have a significant impact on what you pay for car insurance, a recent study finds.  More

'How I'm using my tax refund'

From paying off student loans to hosting a crawfish boil in New Orleans, here's how six people are using this year's tax refund from the IRS.  More

College savings gap widens among rich and poor

A growing divide is forming among college savers. While many middle and upper-class families are saving more for college, lower income families are still struggling to save anything at all.  More

What will you do with your #taxrefund?

With Tax Day around the corner, we asked CNNMoney readers to share their plans for this year's tax refund. Here's what they had to say:  More

Ready to renovate? Here's your first move

Booking a good contractor is harder than it's been in years. Follow these steps to land the right pro at the best price for your home renovation project.  More

7 most common tax mistakes

Don't delay your refund by making these common mistakes on your tax return.  More

Jean Paul Gaultier: 38 years of fashion

The legendary designer of provocative haute couture presents 165 of his creations in a London retrospective. Is he hinting at retirement?  Play

Young investors are hoarding cash

People in their early to mid-thirties with at least $100,000 to invest are keeping 42% of their money in cash.  More

College savings gap widens among rich and poor

A growing divide is forming among college savers. While many middle and upper-class families are saving more for college, lower income families are still struggling to save anything at all.  More

Data brokers settle charges over background checks

Two data brokers have agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that they sold consumer background checks to prospective employers and landlords without ensuring that the information was accurate or properly used.  More

BofA to pay customers $727 million over credit card practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Bank of America to pay out $727 million to customers due to illegal credit card practices.  More

When Wall Street becomes a landlord

First the pros snap up cheap houses. Then come new ways for you to invest in them. Be careful.  More

Has the prom spending bubble burst?

Fueled by everything from designer gowns to oversized limos, prom spending had been on the rise for several years. But a new survey suggests prom goers will be reining it in this year.  More

Do I owe taxes on fantasy sports winnings?

The IRS may be on your tail for all your winnings, but there's a way to reduce your tax bill.  More

Taxpayers vulnerable to unregulated tax preparers

Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, wants lawmakers to establish minimum competency standards for all paid return preparers, to cut down on fraud and errors that harm tax filers.  More

4 ways crooks can steal your tax refund

Identity thieves love tax season. It's a prime time to steal tax refunds. Here are some of the ways scammers try to steal your identity and how to avoid becoming a victim of tax fraud.  More

Income taxes: One thing to not get outraged over

Yes the system is screwed up, but it succeeds in progressivity. The rich really do pay higher tax rates.  More

Should people without kids pay higher taxes?

A column in Slate sparks debate about federal financial support for parents in a tax code that already offers breaks for families with children.  More

Colleges with the best bang for your buck

Tuition and student debt levels are soaring. So which schools provide the best return on your investment? These six topped Payscale's list.  More

Maryland raises minimum wage to $10.10

Maryland joins a few states that take the plunge in raising them minimum wage.  More

Housing heats up in booming growth cities

Abundant jobs and growing populations have set the stage for strong housing market growth in Fort Worth, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Tampa and Indianapolis.  More

Los Angeles country estate with a pub

This Pacific Palisades, Calif., home is steeped in Hollywood history and boasts a koi pond, a secret staircase and its own British pub.  Play

'I can't afford a home in my town'

These six prospective buyers have been looking to buy a home in their city for months, or even years, only to be outbid.  More

$500,000 watch: it's complicated

Complicated mechanical watches tell more than just what time it is. But extra features come at a steep price.  Play

Don't let divorce wreck your finances

Amid the turmoil of divorce, these steps can help you stabilize your finances.  More

NFL star talks about performance reviews

You either love them or hate them, but employee performance reviews are common in most companies. We accidently ran into football star Leonard Marshall and he described for us his own performance review.  Play

Steal this idea from the new IRA

President Obama's proposed retirement account, MyRA, draws inspiration from a star federal retirement plan. You can do the same for your 401(k).  More

Audi RS7 'a performance monster'

The new Audi RS7 is like its R7 brother but a whole lot faster ... and it has four seats. Its 560 turbo charged V8 has a little heft to it, but its steering and balance is nice and smooth.  Play

Dreary outlook for formerly hot housing markets

The slowdown in housing is most dramatic in areas that took off last year -- Las Vegas, Riverside, Sacramento, Detroit, and Fort Lauderdale.  More
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