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Financial Planning

Best of Starting Out

Columnist Erin Burt says farewell. Here's a look back at some of her favorite stories and projects for

After nine years at Kiplinger -- including five years as our Starting Out columnist -- Erin Burt is leaving us to spend more time with her growing family. The advice she's given has guided many a young people on the path of financial adulthood.

We asked her to share a handful of her most-recent favorite projects. She says, "That's like asking me to pick a favorite among my three children." Nevertheless...


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Lessons I've Learned From Being Broke
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Financial Truth or Bunk?
Round I & Round II

These money rules of thumb are often touted as gospel truth. Do they point you in the right direction -- or lead you astray? Take our quizzes to see if you can tell.

When is the Best Time to Buy...?
Our slide shows take you on a month-by-month tour of the best bargains.

A Grad's Guide to the Real World
From starting your career to managing your money, here's a guide to everything you wish you had learned in school ... but didn't.