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6 things NOT to buy at Memorial Day sales

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3:33 p.m. May 25, 2018 How much money have America’s 30-somethings actually saved? Finally, they speak

Fidelity Investments recommends saving twice your income by the age of 35. Even some cash-strapped families have reached that goal.

3:31 p.m. May 25, 2018 There’s one critical reason you should sleep in this weekend

The are some surprising benefits to turning off your alarm after a hectic work week.

3:02 p.m. May 25, 2018 How much 30-somethings have actually saved and the man with more than $1 million in student loan debt

Friday’s top personal finance stories

2:44 p.m. May 25, 2018 He ran up a million dollars in student-loan debt en route to becoming an orthodontist

While studying at USC to become an orthodonist — dental school is among the costliest of all graduate curricula — Mike took out $601,506 in student loans. Today that debt has grown to seven figures, and even that could double over time.

2:25 p.m. May 25, 2018 50 million American households can’t afford basic living expenses

New data from the United Way Alice Project finds that many families are struggling to get by.

2:16 p.m. May 25, 2018 Don’t ever do this with your credit card

A shocking number of people with rewards credit cards are making this mistake.

2:15 p.m. May 25, 2018 Harvard scientists say these 5 things can prolong your life by a decade

You’ll have to make some trade-offs if you want those extra years.

2:14 p.m. May 25, 2018 Yes, save twice your salary by the time you’re 35—and 7 other things you should do

Financial advisers have more advice for what to do by your mid-30s.

2:12 p.m. May 25, 2018 How to fix the bankruptcy system for student loan borrowers

Experts offered suggestions to the Department of Education.

1:27 p.m. May 25, 2018

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My mom, 60, lives with a con artist with a history of theft, deception and bad credit 9:17 a.m. May 25, 2018 My sister put my mother’s belongings in a storage unit—and took ownership of them 8:24 a.m. May 25, 2018 My husband has terrible credit, so I’m buying a house alone—and I want pullout beds for his kids 12:30 p.m. May 24, 2018 We plundered our 401(k) to invest in a friend’s business — now we fear it’s a Ponzi scheme 5:18 p.m. May 19, 2018 My fiancé postponed our wedding, secretly bought a house—and told me I could pay rent 5:17 p.m. May 19, 2018 I am about to inherit $1.75 million—should I buy a house in cash and pay off my wife’s student loans? 5:33 p.m. May 14, 2018 My sister wrote $10,000 checks from our late mother’s bank account—what can I do? 5:33 p.m. May 14, 2018 I paid off my wife’s student loans — then she filed for divorce after two years of marriage 11:19 a.m. May 6, 2018 Send your questions Do you have questions about inheritance, tipping, weddings, re-gifting, or any tricky money issues relating to family and friends? Send them to MarketWatch’s Moneyist. /conga/personal-finance/the-moneyist/panel_top.html 371270

Careers »

A science lesson for Elon Musk: It pays to work less 3:39 p.m. May 23, 2018 Modern time clocks make it easier than ever to nickel-and-dime workers 4:29 a.m. May 23, 2018 America’s job-search paradox: The people who really need jobs get the worst offers 10:13 a.m. May 22, 2018

Travel »

Americans are taking more vacation time—why that’s a good sign for the economy 10:17 a.m. May 12, 2018 7 expensive travel blunders and how to avoid making them 10:00 a.m. May 2, 2018 What happens when there’s a medical emergency onboard a flight 3:58 p.m. May 1, 2018 Australian government to invest half a billion dollars in restoring Great Barrier Reef 2:15 p.m. April 30, 2018

Real Estate »

Home values are skyrocketing at the fastest pace since 2006 12:36 p.m. May 24, 2018 How to buy a home and pay it off decades early 8:33 a.m. May 21, 2018 How ‘inside jobs’ can sabotage a home sale 12:12 p.m. May 16, 2018 People haven’t been this optimistic about house prices since just before the crash 10:18 p.m. May 13, 2018

Taxes »

The ‘kiddie tax’ is getting easier (and maybe cheaper) under the new tax law 1:16 p.m. May 24, 2018 Watch for these pitfalls if you want to deduct mortgage interest under the new tax law 1:37 p.m. May 22, 2018 You can’t deduct hobby-related expenses under the new tax law—but don’t give up hope 9:22 a.m. May 14, 2018 Yes, you can still deduct interest on home equity loans under the new tax law 7:51 p.m. April 30, 2018 How to survive an IRS tax audit 2:09 p.m. April 17, 2018 IRS computer systems are ‘experiencing technical difficulties’ 1:42 p.m. April 17, 2018 Americans have less than 24 hours to get $1 billion in unclaimed refunds 10:03 a.m. April 17, 2018

Spending & Saving »

More bad news for 30-somethings: The Great Recession may have hurt them most of all 9:49 a.m. May 25, 2018 Here’s how to understand your financial adviser’s conflicts of interest (even with a fee-only service) 8:43 a.m. May 22, 2018 4 crucial questions that could sound alarm bells about your college choice 3:53 p.m. May 18, 2018

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