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The Mortgage Professor: Planning for retirement: The missing piece

While there is no shortage of retirement advice or retirement advisers, many consumers who distrust both slide into retirement with little preparation – other than having grown older. Some of the reasons for this lie deep in the human psyche, beyond any practical remedy. But there is one important factor that discourages retirement planning that is remediable: that is the lack of effective retirement planning tools that retirees have the capacity to use. To fill that lack, my colleague Allan Redstone and I decided to construct a simple retirement planning calculator and make it freely available to anyone.

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Don't have a nightstand? 7 alternatives that work just as well

Nothing is worse than having to get out of bed when you're finally about to fall asleep. But without a bedside table, where are you supposed to put that glass of water, alarm clock and nightlight? Well, we're all about thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating and utilizing unexpected items in your decor, and it doesn't hurt if they also prevent groggy, disruptive trips out of bed. After some thought, we came up a few furniture options for all your bedroom essentials that don't require a traditional nightstand.

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Tag a bag

Clip one of these homemade tags to a backpack or lunch box, and there will never be confusion about whose is whose.

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Ask Angie's List: What are the benefits of a furnace inspection?

Much like a car, a furnace needs tuning to keep it in good working order. And regular maintenance will prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Poor furnace maintenance is to blame for most of the emergency calls heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) experts receive in the winter, they say. So, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect and service your furnace before the cold weather hits.

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