Money Talks News

Money Talks News

Money Talks News is one of the nation's most popular personal finance blogs, created by syndicated television reporter Stacy Johnson, whose reports air in 100 markets around the country.

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Beware These 10 Common and Costly Tax Mistakes

February 24, 2017 | Money Talks News

It’s time. Your W-2s and 1099s are likely making their way to your mailbox or inbox right now. Odds are good you’re ready to get your taxes done as soon as possible, since the odds are also good you’re getting a refund. Last year, about 80 percent of Americans got one, averaging around $2,800. But as […]

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8 Creative Ways to Clear Clutter

February 17, 2017 | Money Talks News

Swimming against a never-ending tide of stuff? Make 2017 your year of living clutter-free.

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8 Foolproof Steps to Get You Out of Debt Fast

February 10, 2017 | Money Talks News

Want to speed up your debt-reduction efforts? Here’s how to do so without a crash diet.

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10 Strategies to Save Big Bucks on Amazon

February 3, 2017 | Money Talks News

Learn a few tricks that can save you 10 percent or more on every Amazon purchase.

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Budget Your Way to Your Financial Goals This Year

January 27, 2017 | Money Talks News

It may sound like as much fun as having your teeth drilled, but budgeting really isn’t that bad.

We need financial education for kids at least as much as sex ed.

7 Foolproof Organizing Tricks You Don’t Know

January 17, 2017 | Money Talks News

Swimming in a sea of paper? Create a simple, sane storage system.

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10 Free Things That Used to Cost Money

January 10, 2017 | Money Talks News

Not everything is getting more expensive.

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Cheap Car Care That Pays Off Big Down the Road

January 3, 2017 | Money Talks News

With a little TLC, today’s vehicles can easily last for 200,000 miles.

Is it time to buy a TV? Shop carefully.

7 Hints to Help You Score the Perfect TV

December 27, 2016 | Money Talks News

How to get a great deal on a television without buying technology you won’t use.


10 Tips to Get the Best Deals From Outlet Shopping

December 20, 2016 | Money Talks News

Learn ways to get even bigger discounts than advertised.

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How Does Debt Affect Survivors After a Loved One’s Death?

December 13, 2016 | Money Talks News

When a loved one dies, you have a lot on your mind. Paying off debt should not be one of them.

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7 Ways To Save More At Big Lots

December 6, 2016 | Money Talks News

You can cut Big Lots’ prices by an additional 30 percent or more. Find out how to do it.

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Can Ride-Sharing Provide an ‘Uber-Lyft’ to Your Income?

November 29, 2016 | Money Talks News

Earn money driving for ride-share companies. But exactly how much can you make?

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16 Simple Steps To Tame An Unruly Refrigerator

November 22, 2016 | Money Talks News

In the grand scheme of things, organizing your refrigerator might seem pretty small potatoes. But in fact, an organized fridge will save money and time while you are contributing to the planet’s health. When your refrigerator is a jungle, you can’t see what’s in there. That means wasting money buying duplicates and letting good food go bad. A Johns Hopkins University study found that: […]

ATM fees at an all-time high

14 Ways to Avoid Paying Irritating Bank Fees

November 15, 2016 | Money Talks News

No. 9 is the easiest, and No. 12 sounds weird but it’s awesome.

How much money do you need to be happy?

8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look Dumb

November 8, 2016 | Money Talks News

What’s worse than wasting money? Spending it on things you think make you look good, but really don’t.

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6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets

November 1, 2016 | Money Talks News

It can be costly, so learn the ropes before you pick a policy.

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Take a Few Minutes Now to Save Yourself $1,000 at Tax Time

October 25, 2016 | Money Talks News

Making these simple moves now can take a big bite out of what you owe Uncle Sam next April.

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How to Use 529 College Savings and Not Run Afoul of the IRS

October 18, 2016 | Money Talks News

They’re great for covering the cost of tuition and more, but you need to follow the rules or the tax man will get you.


10 Cheap, Effective Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

October 11, 2016 | Money Talks News

Don’t spend money on costly pest management. You can keep critters away yourself for less.

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Never Read Your Credit Card Contract? It Might Cost You

October 4, 2016 | Money Talks News

Only 26 percent of cardholders regularly read them. Find out why that’s a mistake.

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

Before You Get a Reverse Mortgage, Check Out These 15 Alternatives

September 27, 2016 | Money Talks News

A reverse mortgage may be tempting. But consider these cheaper, safer options first.

Enjoy non-GMO food.

14 Easy Ways to Create an Emergency Food Stockpile

September 20, 2016 | Money Talks News

Start small if you need to, but start building your stockpile now.

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How to Choose the Perfect Financial Adviser

September 13, 2016 | Money Talks News

There are at least 250,000 financial advisers in the United States, and not all are created equal.

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10 Reasons Merchants Reject Your Credit Card

September 6, 2016 | Money Talks News

Did a rejected credit card leave you stranded at the point of sale?

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4 Simple Steps To Get The Very Best Car Loan​

August 30, 2016 | Money Talks News

Many people shop backwards for a vehicle — and that’s costly. Here’s how to get the best deal.

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You Probably Pay Too Much for These 10 Things

August 23, 2016 | Money Talks News

Did you get a great bargain last week? If it fell into one of these 10 categories, you may have been hoodwinked.

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Feds Warn Of ‘Serious’ Flaws In Popular Anti-Virus Software

August 16, 2016 | Money Talks News

The government is warning the public about new issues with established anti-virus brands.

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7 Secrets Car Dealers Hope You Don’t Know

August 9, 2016 | Money Talks News

Knowing how dealerships work — and what the dealers cannot do — is key to getting the best price.

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Is it OK to Retire With Debt?

August 2, 2016 | Money Talks News

Some experts say retiring with debt isn’t bad. But they might not be talking about you.

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3 Simple Steps to Save 10 Percent or More On Every Online Purchase

July 26, 2016 | Money Talks News

If you’re not following these simple tips, you’re wasting money.

You don't have to pay dumb banking fees.

Disgusted by What You’re Forking Over in Bank Fees?

July 19, 2016 | Money Talks News

You are not alone. Millions of Americans are caught in a vicious cycle that benefits the bottom line of the banks.

Do you actually eat on lunch break?

The $200,000 Lunch

July 12, 2016 | Money Talks News

Only an idiot, and a very rich one at that, would waste $200,000 on lunch, right? Wrong.

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Don’t Take Out A Car Loan Before Reading This

July 5, 2016 | Money Talks News

Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” shopping guide and get the car loan that’s right for you.

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Reach Your Goals Without A Budget

June 28, 2016 | Money Talks News

Budgets are about deprivation and discipline. No wonder they’re hard to stick to.

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7 Clever Ways to Save Money at Sam’s Club

June 21, 2016 | Money Talks News

Here is a set of simple ways to stretch a dollar and make sure you’re getting a deal.

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5 Cities Where You Must Earn 6 Figures to Make Rent

June 14, 2016 | Money Talks News

It takes an income of about $216,000 per year to afford a two-bedroom apartment in one U.S. city these days — and it’s not New York.


10 Tips for Parents Hoping to Live on One Income

June 7, 2016 | Money Talks News

Dread leaving your kids each morning? Follow these tips and you’ll be staying home with them in no time.

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5 Tricks to Get Discounts on Everything You Buy in Stores

May 31, 2016 | Money Talks News

With the rise of online shopping, brick-and-mortar establishments must earn your business.

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7 Free or Cheap Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

May 24, 2016 | Money Talks News

There is no magic bullet to a better brain, but these scientifically supported steps can help.

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10 Easy Steps to Simplify Your Finances and Improve Your Life

May 17, 2016 | Money Talks News

How to declutter your financial life, your home and your social life and breathe easier.

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11 Essential Money Matters to Discuss Before Marriage

May 12, 2016 | Money Talks News

Planning a wedding? Here’s what you really need to talk about.


How to Prepare For and Deal With an Income Emergency

May 3, 2016 | Money Talks News

A lot of people in all income brackets are ill prepared to deal with financial shocks.

Why do Asians like grocery shopping so much? Different strokes for different folks...

21 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer

April 26, 2016 | Money Talks News

A few simple moves can extend the life of bananas, tomatoes, bread, milk, and many other items.

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Should You Hire Someone to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?

April 19, 2016 | Money Talks News

BillCutterz and BillFixers will negotiate your monthly bills in exchange for a share of the savings.

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Cut This One Silly Expense and Retire With an Extra $20K

April 12, 2016 | Money Talks News

If you have so much stuff that you,re paying to store it, do yourself a favor by getting rid of it.

Could you do a better job than your boss?

17 High-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a 4-Year Degree

April 5, 2016 | Money Talks News

Opting to forgo college doesn’t have to mean opting for low pay.

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20 Ways to Save Big Bucks on Pet Supplies

March 29, 2016 | Money Talks News

The following tactics will help you stretch funds to provide the best life for your animal companion.

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7 Ways Donald Trump is Destroying His Brand and 4 Ways He’s Improving It

March 22, 2016 | Money Talks News

Would you buy a condo from this man?

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10 Guaranteed Ways to Retire Rich

March 15, 2016 | Money Talks News

To accumulate the funds for your golden years is not that hard, but it requires some planning.