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How much do dental implants cost?

Golubovy/Shutterstock.com Nowadays, tooth loss is much rarer than it once was. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the number of people with partial or total tooth loss has fallen significantly since the 1970s. That doesn’t mean people still don’t still their teeth. One option available to 178 million people who are […]

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5 reasons not to worry about Brexit

Charlie Bard/Shutterstock.com You don’t have a crystal ball Before June 23, 2016, very few predicted the Brexit referendum would pass. The stunning result led to an immediate slide in the market, with the Dow Jones alone skidding more than 600 points. Then the markets recovered. By the end of June, everything was back to more […]

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6 ways to avoid your own financial Groundhog Day

Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com Repeated mistake: Making late payments Want to send your credit score plunging? Pay late. Yet, this is one mistake that consumers repeat, says Anthony Sprauve, spokesman for myFICO, a division of FICO. “We’re all busy and it can be very easy to forget about that bill that’s due today or tomorrow,” he says. […]

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Bankrate survey finds the high cost of love

Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock.com Watch out: Cupid’s arrow can punch a hole straight through your budget. That’s the takeaway from our latest Be My Valentine Index, which puts the cost of buying a basket of favorite Valentine’s gifts at $580.98. Besides its well-known importance to many couples, Valentine’s Day is an important day on the calendar for […]

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The cost of running a Super Bowl commercial

Elsa/Getty Images Often referred to as the Holy Grail of marketing opportunities, landing a commercial spot during the Super Bowl is a highly competitive and expensive endeavor. For some brands, a Super Bowl commercial costs nothing when compared with the increased revenue that such a widely distributed advertisement can bring in. For others, it might […]

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4 ways to stretch your budget for a new baby

wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com Start preparing as soon as you get the news Baby-related expenses don’t have to be a huge drain on your finances. Baby needs — beyond diapers and formula — don’t cost that much, especially if you are lucky enough to receive big-ticket items from family and friends, says Julie Scates, certified financial planner, owner […]

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Save on new home decor by dyeing curtains

Furnishing your new home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, you can modify things you already have to fit whatever style or colors you have in mind for your new house. That’s what this month’s Frugal $ense winner, Heidi McIntyre of Canonsburg, Pa., did. August’s Frugal $ense winner: Heidi McIntyre […]

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How much does it cost to adopt a child?

Maria Sbytova/Shutterstock.com Adopting a child can he a huge expense for the adopting parents. While some parents-to-be opt to work directly with a public agent, the paperwork and process involved often call for specialized knowledge. Luckily, many private agencies exist to make this process easier, though at a cost. In addition to the actual cost […]

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Dinosaur in mirror still young at heart

It took me 50-odd years to behold my own grizzled countenance in the mirror and admit, as comedian Wanda Sykes likes to put it, “I old.” The “50” part seems absurd to me. My jump shot remains unstoppable and I disgust my cardiologist. It’s the oddness of the past half-century that leaves me grinning like […]

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What does new parenthood cost? Less than you think

Jupiterimages/Getty Images For expectant parents or even those considering starting a family, having an idea of what that first year of parenthood will cost is essential for family planning. But predicting those costs isn’t always easy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a study finding that the cost of raising a newborn through the […]