If you don t have a head for numbers or if you find the stock market as interesting as watching paint dry, leaving the finances to your spouse may seem like the easy way out. But burying your head in the sand when it comes to money management can set you up for disaster down the line.


Whether you ve got a perfect FICO score or you re working to rebuild a spotty credit history, the new credit card legislation that took effect earlier this year impacts everyone. Here s what you need to know to protect your credit and help your children and grandchildren keep their records clean as well.


Does your checking account balance bewilder you at the end of every month? Are you surprised you haven t accumulated more wealth? Even with the best intentions, we can sabotage our own financial success. Read on to learn how ten common money mistakes could be getting in the way of your financial freedom. 1.


This recession has taught us all some good lessons about pinching pennies. But there is another side to the proverbial coin: You get what you pay for. Sometimes cutting corners can cost you in the long run especially when it comes to your financial security and emotional well-being during retirement.


Before you shed your sweater and head outside to plant your garden, don t forget to deal with the thornier side of spring season taxes. They re unavoidably unpleasant, but with the right information and some professional help, you can avoid common pitfalls and take the sting out of tax time.


If you ve planned financially for retirement, you probably have considered housing expenses, food and utility costs, transportation expenses, and maybe you ve even set aside some cash for leisure activities and travel.


From on-line phishing scams to Ponzi schemes, it s not hard to fall prey to a financial scam these days.


It s the season of giving, and if you re in the fortunate position to be able to help others, your charitable donation is needed more than it has been in decades, as many nonprofits struggle to stay afloat in the down economy. [caption id="attachment_6471" align="alignright" width="280" caption="(File photo)"]


With all of the negative news about the economy these days, it s easy to get bogged down in the recession blues. But the news isn t all bad. First of all, if you retired a few years ago, you successfully escaped one of the worst labor markets in history.