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When I spotted a garage sale sign yesterday, I had to circle the block after missing my chance to turn. By that time, the sign had blown over but I stopped to read the tiny address scrawled at the bottom.
I drove down the street but there was no sign of a sale. Then I looked way, way down the long driveway. A girl sat on a side door stoop next to a bunch of clutter dumped onto the driveway. I looked around for a few minutes and left. I could see a wasted weekend ahead for that family. But your sale doesn’t have to be a bust.
One time, a friend and I threw a sale that took up two front lawns. At day’s end, all that remained was a small box with plastic Easter eggs and a few books. I marked the box “free” and set it on the curb. Thirty minutes later, it was gone. So, how did I do that? The keys are good planning and knowing how to let go.
Here are some tips for getting people to your sale and watching them drive away with your old things while you count the cash.
The expenses that come with buying, renovating and decorating a home can add up, but fortunately, there are ways to save money every step of the way.
We asked real estate insiders for their best tips on how to save money on every part of your home, and their advice can help cut costs for anyone looking to buy a new home or renovate the one they currently have.
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Making wise financial plans for retirement is essential if you want to enjoy your golden years without having to worry about making ends meet. Fortunately, if you plan ahead and plan well, you should be able to live richly long after you’ve left the workforce.
To find out how to make the best retirement plan, we asked four financial experts for their best retirement-planning tips — and how they prepared for their own.
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If you have focused all your planning energy on your 401(k), you may be missing a key piece of the retirement puzzle: Social Security.
You can influence your eventual payout from this safe, dull old-age safety net to a surprising degree by making some adjustments and changes in your planning.
Now is the time to get started pumping up your Social Security checks, even if you’ve got decades to go before retirement.
Here are some ways to do just that!
Fees can mean big profits for many financial institutions, so it’s no surprise that many banks nickel and dime customers with a range of fees, which can eat away at your account balance. When you’re selecting a bank, look for banks that don’t charge fees, or at least be aware of what actions trigger fees so you can avoid them. Learn how to avoid common bank fees.
Even a big bank or credit union with no fees on its checking or savings accounts might have charges on a fee schedule that catch you off guard. Here is a list of bank fees you should never pay!