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Mary Crawley

Mary Crawley


Mary has worked as an educator and counselor and is a proud military spouse. She has an MBA in Finance and is an Accredited Financial Counselor. Most recently, she worked for a non-profit organization that provides grants for military families in financial crisis. Writing for Fool allows her to combine her passions for writing and educating others about personal finance.

Recent articles

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4 Smart Money Moves for Your 40s

It's the right time to plan for the next stage of life.

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How to Pick the Best Asset Allocation for You

Because trying to time the market is a bad idea.

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Should You Invest or Pay Off Debt?

Comparing your cost of borrowing to your expected return is only part of the decision.

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The New Tax Reform Plan: What Changes May Affect You?

The new plan promises tax relief. What's in the tax reform framework?

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These 4 Choices Can Mess Up Your Financial Future

Confessions from a former financial caseworker.

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The One-Minute Test: Are Your Retirement Savings on Track?

Will you have enough saved for retirement? Use age-based savings benchmarks to check your progress.

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How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft increased by 16% last year and continues to rise. Help keep your information safe with these six tips.

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4 Ways to Catch Up on Retirement Savings

It's not too late to make a big impact on the money you'll have for retirement.

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Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Learn why this untapped source of retirement income for most seniors could be a good option for you.

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Are You Financially "Adulting"?

You're adulting by having a job and doing laundry, but do you have your financial life in order? Take this quiz to see how you rank.

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Are You Making These Costly 401(k) Mistakes?

Simply contributing to a 401(k) isn’t enough to ensure a comfortable retirement. Avoid these 401(k) mistakes.


Are You Too Old to Buy a House?

There's no age that's considered too old to buy a house. However, there are different considerations to make when buying a house near or in retirement.

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1 in 3 Investors Is Financially Supporting an Adult Family Member

Many adults are providing ongoing financial support for aging parents or adult children. This support can have a serious impact on their own financial security.

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Are You Messing Up Your Credit With These Mistakes?

There’s a lot of misinformation about credit scores. Have you committed any of these credit mistakes?

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The Best and Worst Purchases to Make With Your Credit Card

Do you know about the unadvertised benefits your credit card provides? Learn about which credit card purchases will give you extra protections and which put you at risk.

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The Advice Every New Grad Needs to Hear Now

The best time to start saving for retirement (yes, retirement!) is when you're young.

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Are These Budget Busters Derailing Your Spending Plan?

Budgeting isn't enough. Here's how to prepare for unexpected and occasional expenses.

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So Awkward, So Necessary: Important Discussions to Have With Your Aging Parents

They taught you not to procrastinate doing homework. Now it's your turn to return the favor.

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Home Buying: Steps for Success in a Seller's Market

It's a tough time to be a buyer. These six strategies will help you shop with confidence.