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Choosing chutney: Try making your own

Choosing chutney: Try making your own

Chutney comes in all sorts of varieties; make your own at home.

September 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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4Some products seem healthful, but check the labels to be sure. Organic or not, this salad dressing packs 150 calories and 16 grams of fat into 2 tablespoons per serving. Considering few of us limit ourselves to 2 tablespoons, we’re in danger of turning a healthful meal or side dish into a c…

August 08, 2014 12:22 am
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Recipe

Good chocolate sauce calls for more than just heating up chocolate and is a recipe that appeals to the novice chef. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

May 19, 2014 2:54 pm

On the Money: Even in soft job market, it pays to negotiate salary

When you took your latest job, did you negotiate for more pay?

September 02, 2013 5:13 pmLoading…

On the Money: Versatile Roth IRA can be backup emergency fund

If people have discovered anything about money during the past few years, it has to be that emergencies pop up without warning.

August 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Bond investors are hurting as rates rise

In a harsh lesson, investors have recently learned that the safest of bonds become vulnerable when interest rates rise. U.S. Treasury bond funds, TIP funds and municipal bond funds have delivered sharp losses in the past two months.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Interest in CDs likely to remain low as rates falter

Your hunt for your next CD is likely to be as disappointing as the last. In fact, it might be even more disheartening.

July 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Does college pay? It depends on your profession

Is college worth it? Currently, it doesn't seem so for students hoping to get jobs in architecture, government, the humanities or arts after college.

June 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Older workers hit by recession will continue to struggle

While the nation's economy is on the mend after the Great Recession of 2008, many people who lost jobs at age 50 or over are expected to struggle for the rest of their lives.

June 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Look at options to repay student loans

If you have just finished college and have a job - congratulations. Still, even with a job, many new graduates are shocked when they find out how difficult it is to cover student loans and other expenses.

May 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: If Mom taught you about money, thank her

You probably didn't find a Mother's Day card thanking your mom for helping you figure out how to handle your money.

May 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Analysts question value of new infusions

The calendar beckons investors to tread lightly through the stock market, according to an old saying.

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Consider a degree's costs as well as its benefits

Can you do it? Should you do it? As that college acceptance letter compels you to say "yes" or "no" around May 1, run through a few last considerations as you weigh one of the largest financial commitments of your lifetime.

April 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Companies offer new model for choosing caregiver

The emergency arrived when Jenna Lynn Schoeneman's father failed to pass his driver's test.

March 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Sooner or later, bear market will growl back

Could it happen again? Could your retirement plans end up in shambles, and your college savings tattered?

March 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Bull market in gold may fade as world economies mend

Are the golden years over for gold? With prominent hedge fund managers such as George Soros selling large quantities of gold and the price down about 16.5 percent from 2011's all-time peak near $1,924, some experts think gold's best days could be tarnished by the world's nascent economic recovery.

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On the Money: Don't overlook these deductions, credits when doing your taxes

Love those tax deductions because their days could be numbered.

February 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Best time to buy stocks may have passed

After running in terror from stocks since the financial crisis, individuals are suddenly feeling cozy again about a stock market that has gained 120 percent since early 2009.

February 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Researchers find correlation between debt, depression

Does your debt nag at you and make you miserable? A researcher has now put a number to the emotions. He has quantified just how much debt drags some people down.

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Here are some tips to keep you away from your own 'fiscal cliff'

Have you dared look over the edge of your own "fiscal cliff," or has the fear of falling kept you from contemplating the possibility of another recession, job losses, tax increases and likely cuts in your Social Security and Medicare at some distant date?

January 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Four ways to save big beyond holidays

It's the time of year when people worry about the money they've wasted, but there's more at stake than a holiday splurge.

December 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Year-end tax planning is vexing as 'cliff' looms

There are mere weeks left to maneuver so you keep as much of your money as possible without overpaying taxes for 2012.

December 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Tax-free savings still possible even without a job

Q: I'm 24, married with a child and in medical school. Thanks to my wonderful parents I will graduate with no debt. I'd like to start saving for retirement now. I don't have a job, so I can't use a 401(k) or Roth IRA. Is there another account I could use that wouldn't be taxed, and how shoul…

December 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: College degree holds sway in weak job market

Despite a dismal job market for recent college graduates, a record number of Americans are completing bachelor degrees.

November 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Election in rearview, and a world of worry ahead

America is marching toward the fiscal cliff, and investors are on alert for the consequences of plunging from the peak.

November 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Don't base financial planning on age alone

Q: We are age 79 and 76, retired, in good health, and are fortunate to have enough money to live out long lives and probably leave an estate to our children. I would like to know what is a decent asset allocation for somebody in our financial situation.

November 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Women beware: Gender gap can affect student loan debt

As students ask themselves if they dare take on the student loans they'll need for college, the questions are especially critical for women.

October 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Better choices now abound in 529 college savings plans

The quest by states and mutual fund companies to capture the $179 billion that people are saving for college in 529 plans has led to improved investments and more reasonable fees.

October 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Black bean soup with sausage makes quick meal

Black bean soup with sausage makes quick meal

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I like to cook a pound of dried beans, leaving until later the question of what they'll become. Tucked away in the fridge (where they will keep several days, or in the freezer indefinitely), they are a treasure waiting to be discovered.

October 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Settlements spur refunds for credit-card holders

If you have a credit card, watch closely.

October 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Restless workers look to land better jobs

Although more than 12 million Americans are unemployed and looking for work, many people with jobs are getting itchy for advancement and starting to think about a move.

October 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Pay off plastic or save?

What do you do if you are loaded down with credit card debt, but you know you should be saving for retirement? Do you concentrate on getting rid of the debt and put off saving in the 401(k) or IRA for later? Or do you save now, pay off later?

September 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: More firms offer advice, restore 401(k) matches

After leaving employees to fend for themselves with retirement savings plans in the 2008 financial crisis, companies are now giving employees extra money to stash away for their futures in 401(k) plans.

September 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: How collegians can learn to use credit wisely

The hunt for the extralong sheets for the dormitory bed might be complete, and you may have already dropped your child off on campus, but did you forget to talk about money, and especially credit cards?

August 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Small victories help in paying off big debts

If you've decided you want to get rid of your debts but are having trouble doing it, that might be because you haven't prepared your brain for it.

August 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Investment insured? Take time to know

Q: With seemingly stable companies such as AIG, JPMorgan (Chase), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, MF Global and Peregrine having financial problems, how safe are investor monies held/deposited with national brokers such as Scottrade, (TD) Ameritrade, Vanguard, Schwab and others?

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On the Money: Study: Student-loan defaulters need guidance

If the federal government would stop relying on bill collectors to go after people defaulting on student loans and, instead, focus borrowers on getting on a path to pay over time, both the borrowers and the government might end up better.

August 05, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Student loans require a lot of research

Gulp. The bills parents are receiving now for this fall's college costs are among the most horrifying most people will receive in a lifetime, perhaps $15,000 or more.

July 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: The magic of setting up a Roth IRA for children

Q: My wife and I have two daughters, 12 and 17, and we have a very good income, have pensions, a 401(k), a couple of large annuities and also college funds for our girls. We would like to start a fund for our girls that they could use in the future for a down payment on a house or for any ot…

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On the Money: 401(k) letter shows what plans cost you

What you don't know can hurt you. In fact, it can hurt you a lot. So when you get a letter about your 401(k) or 403(b) from your benefits office at work this month or next, look at it. It will be different than the usual letters you've been stuffing in a drawer. Inside, you are likely to fin…

July 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Regular investors can make use of the same funds big guys like

One of the first lessons of investing is that there are no heroes.

July 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Ripeness is personal

Ripeness is personal

Ranier cherries

June 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Here's how to plan for the next (possible) crash

Recent news has been conjuring images of 401(k) and college savings risks again - this time with a financial crisis in Europe rather than the U.S. housing mess.

June 24, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: How much do you need to retire? Read it, weep

If you've spent your career at a large company that nudges you repeatedly to make the most out of your 401(k), you probably will retire someday with plenty of money.

June 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Credit card debt still choking low, middle incomes

Americans have been successful at getting some of their debts off their backs, but many still have a long way to go.

May 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Take these steps to avoid toxic student debt

Joe Mihalic wasn't thinking at all about how he was going to pay off student loans - which would end up totaling $101,000 - when he was accepted to Harvard Business School.

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On the Money: Moms who sacrifice also pay big financial price

Mothers would probably do just about anything for their families. That's among the character traits praised in millions of households on Mother's Day.

May 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: 'Target-date funds' take age-appropriate risks

Q: I work for a company with a 401(k). I'm 24 and investing in the T. Rowe 2055 investment fund. Am I investing the right amount and am I using the right year fund? I get a 2 percent match (of salary) from my company and I put in 3 percent of every paycheck. - D.G.

May 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: Too much student debt can harm parents, too

Student loan debt has soared to about $1 trillion, with many college students naively tying a noose around their futures with crippling levels of debt. But what about their parents?

April 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On the Money: 401(k) can bring big savings for business owners

If you started a business during the last few years and then watched too much of your earnings evaporate at tax time, you might be able to change that.

April 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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