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Mastering Your Money

Mastering your money requires knowing how to set and reach your goals. How to shop for the best interest rates. How to save money effectively. Knowing how money works in the world. Make this the starting point on your money road map.

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Mastering Your Money

Steer clear of these obstacles that can stand in the way of your money goals.
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Make the right moves toward retirement in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
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Following these basic tenets will help you triumph over just about any money challenge.
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Savers, strike back! Tips for supercharging your savings

Looking for ways to supercharge your savings? Try these ideas on for size.
CD ladders still have value. Find out how you can benefit even as rates have stalled.
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Building savings incrementally can have a snowball effect. Here's how to get rolling.
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Some are good at stashing cash for future needs. If you're not, follow these tips.
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Money Pulse

How do Americans feel about the financial products they use every day? Do consumers know as much as they should about credit scores, taxes, college loans and retirement saving? Find out with Bankrate's monthly Money Pulse survey, which explores Americans' financial opinions and knowledge. When it comes to money matters, are we smart and self-assured -- or less than literate? The Money Pulse has the answers!
 Be smart about your money. Open a checking account with the right features.
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Is your child leaving for college soon? Here's a financial to-do list to get ready. 
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Some of these schools boast low tuition, while others offer handsome financial aid packages.
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52 Weeks of Savings

Can you try a new way to save every week for a year? Each week, Bankrate will try a new way of saving money and chronicle the journey. Try our 52-week savings challenge.
When to avoid store brands

A store brand can save you money, but is the quality always as good as the name brand?

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5 holiday spending errors

Put everything on credit cards? No! Avoid this and 4 other mistakes.

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Save money on tight budget

Don't rule out saving money just because you're squeezed. Try these simple tricks.

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Financial Security Index

How do Americans feel about their job security, net worth, level of savings and debt? Bankrate's Financial Security Index finds out.
Our poll shows a robust rise in the number of Americans who are saving for their future.
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You might be surprised how financial markets behaved after these infamous attacks.
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We found people still seem leery of stocks and prefer to put their money in property.
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Savings surveys

Each year, Bankrate turns to its skilled researchers to answer questions about the financial marketplace for consumers, gathering thousands of data points on everything from what is a reasonable amount to pay for CD early withdrawals to fees you can expect to see on a typical checking account.
Bankrate's 2015 High-Yield Checking Survey finds you can earn a good return on high-yield checking -- if you meet the requirements.
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Positive feelings about job security and savings make Americans feel more secure.
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Our survey shows average yields increased, beating other cash investments.
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Federal Reserve news

We translate Fedspeak to help you understand what the central bank is up to.
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A rate increase? See why older Americans on fixed incomes say, "Yes, please!"
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Which famous sax man was Greenspan's pal? Here are some Fed tidbits you may not know.
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