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Instead of waiting until traditional retirement age, some workers are taking mini-retirements to recharge and pursue interests.

By MSN Money producer 1 hour ago

Woman holding a suitcase at the beach (© Gary S Chapman/Getty Images)By Susan Johnston, U.S. News & World Report  http://www.usnews.com/money

 

Ten years ago, when Tim Justice, then in his mid-40s, suggested to his wife Doreen Orion that they leave their jobs as psychiatrists and travel the country in an RV, she wasn't thrilled. "Why can't you be like a normal husband in a midlife crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?" she asked.

 

But the idea grew on her, and Orion eventually published a memoir called "Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own" about the experience. They've since taken several shorter mini-retirements and sold their house so they can live in their RV full time. 

 

"What finally convinced me," she says, "was that we had both seen so many people in our practices who put off doing things they love or spending more time with their spouses until they retired. But then something terrible happened -- the spouse died or one of them became ill. I decided that I wanted to have this experience with the person I love now and not wait."

 

Under new Obamacare rules, parents can keep their adult children insured till age 26, but they're not responsible for the deductibles.

By Credit.com 1 hour ago
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By Gerri Detweiler, MSN Money Credit.com 

Some parents are now keeping their adult children on their health insurance plans thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That law requires healthcare plans that offer dependent coverage to make the coverage available until a child reaches the age of 26.


But just because parents are willing to pay for their kid's health insurance, it doesn't mean they want to pay for all their medical expenses. Yet, because the insurance policy is in their name, some parents are getting bills for their kids and are worried that if they don't take care of them, their credit is at risk.


For example, one of our readers wrote:

 

Lexus ranks highest on J.D. Power's dependibility study. But be forewarned: Dependability doesn't always equate to affordability.

By Credit.com 21 hours ago
Couple shopping for car © Don Mason, Blend Images, CorbisBy Christine DiGangi, Credit.com
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Paying for maintenance is inevitable for car owners, but future trips to the auto repair shop aren't often top-of-mind for consumers browsing the dealership lots.

 

Ideally, shoppers have done research on and have some experience with manufacturers and models to help inform a vehicle-purchase decision, but it's difficult to predict how reliable a car will be.


If avoiding the repair shop is your top concern, buying a Lexus is a good bet, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. For the 25th year, J.D. Power published rankings of the best vehicle brands, based on the average number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles, as well as a breakdown of most reliable vehicles in 21 body-type categories.

 

Sooner or later, you're going to need one. When the time comes, here's how to find the best attorney at the lowest cost.

By MSN Money Partner 21 hours ago

An attoryney © Terry Vine, Blend Images, Blend Images, Getty Images By Stacy Johnson, Money Talks News http://www.moneytalksnews.com/

 

Q: What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?
A: A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.


Whether it's something as simple as making a will or as complex as a murder trial, at some point in life, odds are you'll need a lawyer. If you've heard horror stories about how much they charge or how they can sometimes complicate otherwise simple transactions, take it from me: They're probably true.


Here's this week's reader question:

 

How do you find a lawyer? This is for legal issues regarding medical malpractice. My primary care doctors support that I need an attorney. They said once I get one they will help me with a case. -- Heidi

 

Here's how to go about finding a lawyer. Many of these tips will work for other professionals as well.

 

'We are sitting ourselves to death,' a doctor says in a new book, and obesity isn't the only risk.

By MSN Money producer 23 hours ago

By Hamza Ali, CNBC CNBC

 

Standing while you read this could do something toward saving your life, according to Dr. James Levine, whose new book reveals how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us.

 

"Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death," says Levine, a professor of medicine at the U.S.-based Mayo Clinic, in his book "Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It."

 

Financial institutions are reaping huge profits from fees associated with campus cards, which are used to distribute financial aid.

By Credit.com Tue 1:36 PM

A silhouette of a student with a graduation cap. (© Brian Snyder/Reuters)By Mitch Weiss, Credit.com Credit.com


It's not all that hard to figure out: When your argument hits too close to home, the other side starts calling you names.


So when a vice president for government affairs of payments for the Financial Services Roundtable -- the industry’s leading legislative advocate -- calls the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a "school yard bully" and accuses it of being "engaged in a shakedown" of colleges and universities for "being in cahoots" with banks and other financial services providers, my guess is that he’s less concerned about "students' access to mainstream banking products" than he is about what the industry stands to lose if the regulatory and consumer-advocacy groups have their way.


The conflict has to do with the Obama administration's plan to extend the U.S. Department of Education's authority to regulate the use of a little piece of plastic known as a campus card.


The administration is doing that with good reason.

 

At $6.11 per pound, the average price of bacon has hit an all-time high.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:42 PM

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By Krystal Steinmetz, Money Talks News 

 

Bringing home the bacon just got more expensive. Money Talks News


The average price of a pound of bacon in the U.S. increased by 6 cents in June, pushing it to an all-time high of $6.11 per pound, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


That's a 41 percent increase since June 2012.


"For what you'd spend for a pound of bacon today, you could buy a whole 4-pound chicken, a six-pack of PBR, 10 pounds of bananas, 36 eggs, or a paperback copy of the fourth installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, 'A Feast for Crows,'" The Huffington Post said.


Bacon prices are getting heftier for a couple of reasons. The nasty (and deadly) porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed 8 million young pigs, or about 10 percent of the entire U.S. herd, The Des Moines Register reported.

 

Here's how to write a resume that will get the attention of hiring managers and help you land the job you really want.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:15 PM

By Allison Martin, Money Talks Newshttp://www.moneytalksnews.com/

 

When you're applying for a job, your resume is the essential tool that helps you get your foot in the door.


So, how do you write a resume that makes you stand out from the competition in the brutal job market we face today?

 

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