Money Minded Gifts: Financial Planners

Are you trying to give the budget conscious friend in your life something a little more exciting than cash? One option may be arranging a session for them with a financial planner. A financial planner can help your friend create …

Spare Change: The New Retirement Estimator

Social Security’s new online Retirement Estimator was named the best online service in government, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index for Federal Websites. Debuting on the Index with an impressive score of 90, the new retirement estimator was honored …

Money-Minded Gifts: Finance Books

Holiday gift shopping may be hurting more than your checking account this winter. A new study shows that Christmas shopping increases blood pressure to dangerous levels in 50% of holiday shoppers. When researchers tested men and women after having them …

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Open Season

Tis‘ the season…to apply for Medicare’s prescription drug plan. Open season began November 15 and continues through December 31. During open season, new Medicare beneficiaries can join a prescription drug plan, while current beneficiaries should take this time to review …

Spare Change: 401(k) News

In this edition of spare change, we (quickly) explore what’s happening in the wild world of 401(k)s. Have some spare change of your own? Share your 401(k) headlines in the comments! The Employees Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) is offering regular …

Savings Tools

Need a little help putting money aside this holiday season? Try one of these handy online tools and create a savings plan that works for you. CNN Money Savings Calculator: This tool calculates your savings by having you answer a …

Budgeting in a Spending Season

Thanksgiving is over and the giving season has just begun. Today’s unofficial holiday, Black Friday, kicks off the holiday shopping season with a wide variety of retailers offering huge savings on high ticket items. Unlike the tamer Thanksgiving week traditions, …