My Money

April 2013


Consider a Public Ivy School if You Want a Strong, Affordable Education

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The term “Public Ivy” cropped up in 1985 with Richard Moll’s book “Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities.” Many of these selective, high-performing schools can compete with the famed private Ivy League colleges like Yale and Harvard, but offer a more ...

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education
colleges
Ivy League
public schools

Is Your Car Worth Repairing?

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The average age of a car in America reached an all-time high this year of 10.8 years, according to a study by Polk, an automotive information and marketing firm. That means a lot of us will be facing needed repairs.

When that happens, some of us will be tempted to decide our car is not worth ...

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personal finance
cars

6 Last-Minute Tax Tips

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For years on April 15, I made a solemn promise to myself: next year will be different. I typically made this promise around 11:45 p.m. while sitting in my car in line at the post office to drop my return into a large bag, held by a postal worker who was no doubt cursing me for making him work late.

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personal finance
taxes
tax returns

How Much Food Does the Average American Waste?

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We talk about flushing money down the toilet, but Americans really are throwing money on curb every time they take out the garbage.

According to a report last August by the National Resources Defense Council, the average American tosses about 25 percent of food and beverages purchased. For a family ...

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