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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

These obstacles can stand in the way of achieving your financial goals.
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Embracing a new mindset and taking these shortcuts can help you reach retirement goals.
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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.
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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CD ladders still have value. Find out how you can benefit even as rates have stalled.
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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!
Many renters want to be homeowners. Find out why others don't or can't.
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Bankrate survey: Personal loans are becoming popular, even with an unlikely group.
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Would you have the savings to cover a crisis? Find out how people deal with the cost.
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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.
We've found Fed rate hikes are fueling concerns about family budgets and the economy.
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Positive feelings about job security and savings make Americans feel more secure.
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Sure, you can bank online, but branch banking remains a mainstay with U.S. consumers.
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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

See our translation of "Fedspeak" to understand the central bank's latest statement.
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See how soon interest rates will rise for mortgages and other financial products.
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The Federal Reserve has made its interest rate intentions very clear. What's coming?
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