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Saving money and learning about investing is always a smart plan. Even if you’re newly hitched, it’s never too soon to start planning for those golden years. Think about it: Do you imagine yourselves lying on a beach or working behind a desk? If you picked the beach (or travel, or golf, or anything other than the 9-to-5 grind), you’ve come to the right place. We have all kinds of investment advice, including the basics of how to invest wisely and what all those financial terms really mean. Not sure where to begin? Start with our five easy steps to invest your money. We also have investing advice and Q&A on all kinds of financial basics about investing -- learn the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA, how to invest your savings, and your options if you can only invest a small amount. Our basic investing advice will help you get ready. But before you invest your money, you should be sure you’re out of debt: Use our debt calculator to help plan your payments, and follow our simple steps to go from credit card misery to debt free. And if your problem is a lack of cash, we’ve got tips for you, too. Learn the habits of spending-savvy couples, and find easy ways to save more of each month’s paycheck and stick to your budget. Don’t want to go it alone? Check out our local pages to find a financial planner in your area for some in-person investment advice.

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Money Q&A: Protecting My Accounts?

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Do I need to protect my savings and checking accounts, or am I covered?

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Whether you’re looking for a place to stash those funds or you already have one, make sure your savings account is FDIC-insured. As a part of the recent government bailout plan, the FDIC now insures savings and checking accounts of up to $250,000 per account-holder. This means if you have a joint account with your spouse, it can have up to $500,000 in it. Almost all banks are FDIC-insured, but if checking the status of yours makes you feel safer, there’s a quick lookup widget on the FDIC website.

Nestpert Pam Krueger, cohost of MoneyTrack on PBS and author of The MoneyTrack Method

-- Alonna Friedman

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