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  • Ask Kim: What records should I save?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I just filed my taxes and am wondering what records I need to hold on to and what I can throw away? Keep your actual tax returns forever. They can help when you, say, apply for a mortgage or disability insurance or need...
  • Family finances: "My property taxes are too high"

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance If your property tax bill has increased substantially, you may have grounds for an appeal. First, look for errors that may be inflating the value of your house. You'll find a list of factors used to come up with your...
  • Money-smart kids: Putting Santa on a budget

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I've always thought that wish lists are an effective holiday budgeting tool for the whole family. They help stressed-out parents stay organized and on task; they help kids learn to set priorities; and they help everyone...
  • Spending: fast fixes to spending snafus

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Act quickly to undo the financial damage. You have to change the date of your skiing trip, but you already bought the plane tickets. The best-case scenario is that you learn about the change in plans within 24 hours of...
  • Spending: 5 things you need to know about streaming audio

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance You have more ways than ever to program your own music. 1. WYOU is on the air. Never mind paying a buck to purchase, download and store individual songs. You can now create your own radio station. The streaming field is...
  • Spending: snapshot shootout

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Smart-phone cameras have long been good for quick pics when you didn't have your real camera. But they were no match for the images that a high-end point-and-shoot could produce. Now, phone manufacturers are upping their...
  • Spending: how to get the best deal on a cruise

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Prices are headed up, but you can expect to score value for your dollar if you book early. Cruises are throwing in freebies, such as gratuities, drink cards and hotel stays, says Carolyn Spencer Brown, of CruiseCritic.com....
  • Spending: best cars for families

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance When we compile our list of family-friendly vehicles, safety is our first concern. Our picks must get high scores in our annual rankings for overall value, performance and safety, plus they must earn a Top Safety Pick from...
  • Retirement: You can save a bundle on your taxes

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Taxes can take a big bite out of your retirement savings, especially if you've piled up a lot of money in tax-deferred accounts. But retirees enjoy some tax breaks, too. Tax-free capital gains. Taxpayers in the 10 percent...
  • Ask Kim: Can I contribute to a Roth IRA?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I am trying to estimate my modified adjusted gross income for 2013 to find out whether I can contribute to a Roth IRA for 2013. I haven't filed my taxes yet, so I'm not sure what my AGI is. How do I calculate whether I...
  • Retirement: where to stash extra retirement cash

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Say you're saving the maximum in your retirement accounts. For most employees, that means you can stash up to $17,500 in 2014 in your 401(k), 403(b), federal Thrift Savings Plan or 457 plan. You can also contribute up to $5,...