Rissa Sawyer receives $486 per month from Social Security — it's low because for most of her adult life she didn't have jobs that paid into the system. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Politics In Real Life: Should Americans Be Auto-Enrolled In Retirement Plans?

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How To Buy A Car: Start With Some Patience

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How To Not Run Out Of Money In Retirement

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We're Having a Baby!? How To Feel The Joy, Without The Financial Fears

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Not all financial education classes help us make better financial decisions. But some do. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Not All Financial Education Is Effective. Here Are 4 Ideas That Work

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Forget Generation Rent: More Younger Americans Aim To Buy

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Want To Escape The Cubicle? Here's How To Be Your Own Boss

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How To Keep Money From Messing Up Your Marriage

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Strategies For When You're Starting Out Saddled With Student Debt

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Live Long And Prosper: Reviving An Idea For Income In Old Age

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When Fees Attack: Rolling Over A 401(k) Can Trigger Big-Time Charges

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Alex Browning works at a farm in Hamilton, Mass. The 26-year-old says that unlike some of her friends who work at places with retirement plans, she knows she has to figure out how to save for herself. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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How Do You Start Saving? Your Tax Refund May Be The Answer

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To pay for college, experts say it's impossible for most parents to save all the money they'll need. They say it's reasonable to tap a mix of resources: a 529 plan, some home equity and some student loans. ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Confused Over How To Save For College? Here Are Answers

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Many Americans with 401(k) plans don't know if they're paying any fees. Pay too much, and it could take a chunk out of your nest egg. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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When High Fees Stink Up Your 401(k), What Can You Do?

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Automatically enrolling workers into a savings plan and then deducting their pre-tax contribution from their paycheck means workers don't see or feel any loss. It sort of tricks our brains into doing the right thing. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Why Is It So Hard To Save? U.K. Shows It Doesn't Have To Be

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Picking someone to help you plan for retirement can be challenging. The fees can add up quickly. But a good adviser can help protect you from your instincts when markets turn volatile. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Want A Financial Adviser? Here Are Some Things To Look For

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The George Washington Of Investing Wants You For The Revolution

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More than half of working people in this country have saved less than $25,000 for retirement and many pay crippling investment fees that eat away at gains. Automated financial advisers called roboadvisers offer a low-fee alternative. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Would You Let A Robot Manage Your Retirement Savings?

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High fees are eroding the retirement savings of millions of Americans, but employers who shop around can often find much better options for their employees' 401(k) plans. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Is Wall Street Eating Your 401(k) Nest Egg?

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Experts say that sitting down and creating a plan of action makes us 10 times more likely to achieve our goals — especially if we tell friends about our plan to create some gentle social pressure to follow through. Here's a worksheet to help with that:
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Need A Savings Nudge? Experts say that sitting down and creating a plan of action makes us 10 times more likely to achieve our goals — especially if we tell friends about our plan to create some gentle social pressure to follow through.
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