Reuters Money

Searching for yield? Think savings bonds

September 26, 2011

Yields on certificates of deposit, Treasury bonds, and other interest-bearing securities have gotten so low that a mundane investment usually associated with birthdays and bar mitzvahs looks enticing by comparison.

Want to put your kid on road to Millionaire Row by 21? Here’s how

September 23, 2011

While some youngsters long to become rock stars or Hollywood heavyweights, others now gravitate towards another stripe of pop-cultural celebrity: the whiz kid who becomes a millionaire before age 21.

Gen”Why?”: Balancing your finances with boomerang kids

July 22, 2011

Fred Amrein has three children in their early 20s: the youngest lives in college dorms, the middle lives at home and the oldest — soon to be married — recently moved out.

Financial independence day: 5 ways to get there

July 4, 2011

No fireworks will explode if you can pull off financial independence, but it sure beats working for the man. How do you do it? Do you have to live like a monk? Give up chocolate? Move to a tent? Stop watching the Cartoon Network?

Is the American Dream dead?

June 23, 2011

The American Dream lures people from all over the world, and it’s because of this possibility: If you come here and work hard, your kids will have a better life than you.

From books to homes: Swap your way to big savings

April 27, 2011

Sometimes a gift is more like a curse. Self-described “cheap” booklover and avid library user Alyssa Lester wasn’t over the moon when she found a new ereader under the Christmas tree last year. “I love my Kindle, but didn’t want to buy one because I would have to start buying books and I don’t have a lot of extra money in my budget for that,” she says.

Easter hunt: How to save cash as cocoa rises

April 19, 2011

Chocolate easter bunnies are pictured at the Hauswirth confectioner factory in Kittsee, some 60 km (37 miles) east of Vienna, March 24, 2011.  REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Is the money you’ve socked away for Easter treats not stretching as far this year? You’ve likely experienced sticker shock as commodity prices continue to soar, sending the cost of that cavity-inducing chocolate bunny ever higher.

State tax increases: More are on the way

April 4, 2011

A man holds a sign at a tax day rally by Tea Party activists in the New York City suburb of New City, New York, April 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Segar  More taxes are coming, more taxes are coming! During the American Revolution, we could have substituted “more taxes” with “the British.”

4 ways electricity monitors can trim your energy bills

March 22, 2011

An employee shows a traditional light bulb (R) and two low-energy consumption bulbs at the Osram factory in Molsheim, eastern France December 11, 2008.  REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  People who are able to track their daily energy consumption cut their electric bills by 10 percent on average, according to a study done last year by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the U.S. Energy Department.

Lights, Camera, Save! Money lessons for kids

March 18, 2011

A piggy bank is seen in this file photo. REUTERS/Jill KitchenerIt is never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of saving money. But sometimes that process can be dull. So what about creating a money lesson that is fun and still inspires kids to save money rather than spend it?