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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Budgeting and Tracking Expenses: Give It a Try

Budgeting. Tracking expenses. Sounds about as exciting as doing laundry. But I track expenses and do a budget because they give me the data to answer tough questions and make good financial decisions, such as: Could we survive on one income if my husband or I got laid off? If we put new flooring and counter tops in the kitchen, where will the money come from?...

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Global Food Economy and Your Food Bill

Have you noticed your grocery bill increasing? In February 2011, food prices increased 3.9% over prices in January , and food prices continued to increase in March with the eighth straight monthly increase. Overall,...

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Getting Through Tough Financial Times

The new unemployment numbers for last week came out this morning, and the news was disappointing: There were 412,000 applications for unemployment benefits last week, an increase of 27,000 over the previous week. It is a reminder that many of us are still in financially difficult times. Maybe this is a good time to review some of the things we can do to minimize the financial fallout from layof...

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A New Internet Resource for Long-Term Care Consumer Education

University of Illinois Extension, through the efforts of its Consumer and Family Economics Team and Family Life Team, has launched a new website to help people learn about their long-term care options and be able to take concrete steps to prepare for the possibility of long-term care. The Long-Term Care: Talking, Deciding, Taking Action site is found at...

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