Personal Finance

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

Average tax refund so far: $2,831

Tax refunds are averaging $2,831 so far, according to the IRS.  More

Homebuyers getting priced out

In big cities across the country, prospective home buyers are growing increasingly frustrated as rising prices, tight inventory and stiff competition freeze them out of their housing market.  More

What's your dream home?

Your own personal island? A whirlpool? A safe haven for your children? New Yorkers describe their 'dream home.'  Play

Cities where the real estate deals are

Investors are departing from formerly hot real estate markets in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and finding deals in Baton Rouge, McAllen, Texas, Cincinnati, Greensboro, N.C., and Atlanta.  More

Big Data is secretly scoring you

Data brokers, analytics firms and retailers are creating hundreds of "secret" consumer scores that rank you on everything from whether or not you will keep your job to how likely you are to commit fraud.  More

Should I take out a 401(k) loan to pay off debt?

Using a loan from your 401(k) to pay off debt makes sense, only if you can avoid paying penalty fees and keep saving for retirement.  More

America's most sprawling cities

People who live in cities with more urban sprawl may have less economic opportunity and shorter life spans.  More

The sunny outlook for housing in upscale neighborhoods

It should be easier to sell your home this year if you live in one of the upscale neighborhoods of your town.  More

What's next for housing in your town

After last year's dramatic comeback, the housing market is now getting back to "normal." But what does that big picture forecast mean for the value of your home? Whether you're buying or selling or just staying put, here's what you should know in 2014.  More

Save your tax refund, win the lottery

This year, you can enter a lottery of up to $25,000 just by saving just a portion of your tax refund.  More

No 401(k)? Where to stash your retirement savings

As one of the millions of workers who does not have access to a workplace 401(k) -- or the added perk of an employer match -- the responsibility for saving for your retirement rests squarely on your shoulders. The good news is that you have several options.  More

We're financially fit -- but fearful

Money magazine asked over 1,000 adults to tell us how they're feeling about their finances, what worries keep them up at night, and how their money habits have changed since the Great Recession. Here are some of the highlights.  More

Hot dogs and beer: What $20 buys at the ballpark

Heading to the ballpark? See how many beers and hot dogs you can get for $20.  More

Which baseball stadiums will charge you the most?

From the priciest tickets to the cheapest beers, what it will cost you to spend a day at some of America's favorite baseballs stadiums.  More

FTC cracks down on $20 million telemarketing scam

Federal regulators have stopped a major telemarketing scheme that they say scammed tens of thousands of elderly consumers out of more than $20 million.  More

Manhattan home prices soar to median $972,000

The median home price in Manhattan jumped 18.5% during first three months of 2014 to just under $1 million.  More

Our biggest money highs and lows

How much money do you need to feel rich? What are your biggest money mistakes? Money magazine surveyed 1,000 Americans for the answers to these and other questions. See how your answers stack up.  More

How couples can talk about (gulp!) money

Don't start with numbers. Start with your goals and your fears.  More

Ford boosts CEO pay 11% to $23.2 million

The raise comes after a year when the automaker reported a 26% jump in profit.  More

About that big, glaring gap in your employment history...

If you've been out of work for a long time, don't try to hide it. Instead, persuade employers that you've kept your skills sharp. Here's how.  More

Average wedding bill hits $30,000

Want one more sign the economy is improving? Couples spent an average of $30,000 on weddings last year -- a record high.  More

Find the best airfare site for you

Use these top three airfare search sites to find the best price for your next flight.  More

5 ways to reduce your financial anxiety

Worrying about your family's financial future doesn't make it any better. Here are 5 strategies to overcome your fears and improve your financial well-being.  More

How will you spend your tax refund?

Whether you're splurging on an exotic vacation or sticking it in savings, we want to hear how you're planning to use your refund check from Uncle Sam.  More

I am thankful for Obamacare

CNNMoney looks at some of the success stories.  More

Brooklyn loft has 5 unique living pods

Architects on a limited budget built five interlocking living pods in this Brooklyn, NY loft for just $4,000.  Play

6 ways to improve your credit

Your credit record can influence the interest rates and insurance premiums you pay and even your job eligibility. Here's how to improve your score.  More

10 fastest growing cities

Whether it's an oil boom or an influx of tech jobs, these 10 cities grew faster than any other major metro area between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the Census Bureau.  More
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