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College student lives in 96-square-foot solar-powered house

College student lives in 96-square-foot solar-powered house

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — A college student in Vermont is living in a 96-square-foot house he built to reduce his carbon footprint — and save money.

Senh: For just $3,000, he's a homeowner. That's amazing. You really don't need all that space, especially when you're in college and single. It's really nice of the landowner to let him built his house there rent-free, although I'm curious to see how they would deal with the situation after he graduates from college


Dreaming Of A Celebrity Marriage? Mine Left Me $4 Million In Debt

I will never forget the moment that my soon-to-be ex-husband and I sat in our mediator’s office as he illustrated our finances on a chalkboard. “There really aren’t any assets,” he told us. But there was $4 million of debt—from bad investments, lawsuits and failed business deals that I knew nothing about.


Man in Springfield, MO, hands out $100 bills to strangers

$100 Bills

It was a half hour from closing on a cold Christmas Eve, and the last few customers were milling around inside the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Springfield, Mo., when a man approached the register


Need a Tax Deduction? Pay Legal Fees by Year-end

No one likes paying legal fees, but tax deductions can make them a lot less painful. With a 40% tax rate, $10,000 in deductible legal fees costs you only $6,000. But if your legal fees are to get divorced or because a family member sues you for slander, the legal fees are purely personal and non-deductible. See How To Make Divorce Less Taxing. Distinguish purely personal expenses from investment expenses.


Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill

Dollar Coins

American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what's best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.


'Santa' Showers $100 Bills on Storm-Hit NJ, NY

A Missouri man posing as "Secret Santa" is giving away $100,000 this holiday season and spent a day in New Jersey and New York giving away money to people robbed of their belongings or homes by Superstorm Sandy.


Travel on the cheap: 5 times to go

If your passport is gathering dust and your suitcase desperately needs a workout, don't throw away thoughts of a thrilling vacation just because your wallet doesn't match your wanderlust.


Vegas cabdriver finds $200,000

A Las Vegas cab driver proves how honest he is after he returned a bag containing more than $200,000.


Use credit cards wisely to safeguard credit rating

My husband and I recently refinanced our mortgage, and the bank sent us our credit scores during the process. Both scores were good, but my husband’s was 30 points higher than mine. This puzzled me, because we share the same spending and bill-payment practices.


10 Common Estate Planning Myths That Can Be Detrimental to Your Family

In a recent blog post, my colleague, Nancy Anderson, writes about “Three Common Estate Planning Mistakes That You Can Easily Avoid.” It’s not surprising that these mistakes are so common since in my experience, estate planning is the area with the most widespread confusion and unfortunately, this confusion can lead to those very mistakes, costing so much in time, money, and stress to people’s families.


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