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06/23/2008 - Ruin your retirement
Retiring is not mandatory. You can stay shackled to a job until your last gasp if you follow these steps.

06/23/2008 - Downsize your life
At best, downsizing is sometimes undesirable; at worst, it suggests failure. But it can be a smart move.

06/23/2008 - Retirement savings for millennials
It's hard for millennials to think about saving for retirement when they're paying off debts and saving for a house. But it's crazy not to save, say experts.

06/23/2008 - Retirement income options
Saving for retirement is easy compared to what comes next: converting your savings to an income that lasts for your lifetime.

06/23/2008 - Protect your surviving spouse
Think ahead to provide your spouse with a manageable income in case you're first to shed your mortal coil.

05/26/2008 - Readers' ID theft stories
Bankrate readers (and some scammers) share their stories about identity theft.

05/26/2008 - Ways ID thieves exploit identity
Credit trouble and financial pain aren't the only symptoms of ID theft. Thieves can exploit the lives of others in many ways.

05/26/2008 - Beware of ID thieves at the ATM
Fraudsters have returned to ATMs in force as a favorite fishing hole for that prize catch: your debit card.

04/21/2008 - Securing your computer
Make sure your personal finances stay personal by taking these steps to thwart the efforts of thieves.

04/21/2008 - How to surf and shop safely
Protective software can only go so far. Unsafe behaviors can override that protection.

04/21/2008 - What to do if you're a victim
Follow these steps to reclaim your identity and clean up your credit.

04/21/2008 - How to become an ID theft victim
If you like red tape and the feeling of being violated, follow these steps to ensure your identity is no longer your own.

04/21/2008 - Do-it-yourself vs. ID theft protection services
If you want to reduce the risk of becoming the next victim, you can pay for identity theft protection services or take matters into your own hands.

03/17/2008 - Borrowing options that offer a lifeline
Try not to get caught in a shark feeding frenzy as you look for an escape to safety.

03/17/2008 - Reader advice: How to dump debt
Bankrate readers share their success stories about how they were able to stop living on the edge.

02/25/2008 - Money management 101
Developing money management skills is crucial for attaining financial success, no matter how much or little you make.

02/25/2008 - 6 debt-paydown strategies
Getting in the debt pit is easy; climbing out, not quite so. These strategies help lessen the pain.

02/25/2008 - Tackling debt as a family
It's a good idea to get the children involved in the family's objective to eradicate debt.

02/25/2008 - 7 deadly sins that lead to debt
These misdeeds will almost certainly land you in a contemporary place of torment reminiscent of Dante's Inferno.

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