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.


6 Cellphone Secrets That Can Save You Hundreds of Dollars a Year

June 16, 2017

You can pay less for more service. Here’s how.

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8 Essential Documents for Estate Planning

June 9, 2017

You may not shed your mortal coil for many years, but do this NOW.

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5 Simple Ways to Save Money on Every Online Purchase

June 2, 2017

Yes, you can get a discount on almost everything you buy online.

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10 Ways to Retire Earlier Than Friends on the Same Salary

May 26, 2017

Yes, you can retire earlier than your friends, and live much more comfortably.

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How to Prepare for and Deal With an Income Emergency

May 19, 2017

How quickly could you come up with $400? Many of us would need to borrow it.

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Should You Hire a Service to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?

May 12, 2017

We tried out one of these services. Results? Meh.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

4 Ways Home Equity Loans Can Sink Your Finances

May 5, 2017

Are you setting yourself up to fail?

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How to Refinance Your Car Loan for Long-Haul Savings

April 28, 2017

In spite of recent interest rates hikes, you may still be able to save money by refinancing.

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You Can Get Major Fraud Protection With a Credit Freeze, but Should You?

April 21, 2017

There are the conventional ways to protect yourself from credit card fraud, and then there’s the nuclear option.

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15 Golden Rules for Saving on Every Purchase

April 14, 2017

We’ve got a big list of ways to save on everything — and we do mean everything.

Make food last longer

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last Longer

April 7, 2017

You can save a lot of money by not having to replace things as often.

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13 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Checks

March 31, 2017

Make sure you get as much retirement income as you deserve with these tips.

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14 Super Smart Ways to Save on Travel

March 24, 2017

Vacations are the ultimate pick-me-up, whether they are planned in the midst of a long, dark winter, or during the hopeful months of spring and summer. Don’t let a tight budget keep you from having a getaway. There are ways to do it for less that won’t diminish your experience. Some of these 14 money-saving travel […]

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15 Painless Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer

March 17, 2017

A fun summer vacation doesn’t have to be just a dream.

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10 Ways to Eat Healthier Without Paying More

March 10, 2017

Healthy eating can cost you an extra $550 or more in annual food bills, according to one study.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and Family

March 3, 2017

Here’s what to say when a relative or friend hits you up for a loan.

Be careful when dealing with the IRS

Beware These 10 Common and Costly Tax Mistakes

February 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not everything is getting more expensive.

Men and women avoid auto repair shops

Cheap Car Care That Pays Off Big Down the Road

January 3, 2017

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

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

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10 Tips to Get the Best Deals From Outlet Shopping

December 20, 2016

Learn ways to get even bigger discounts than advertised.

The cost of funerals can lead to debt without end of life planning; even without family inheritance you need estate planning

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

December 13, 2016

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

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

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

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: […]

Skimmers allow your bank card information to get hacked just for banking at the wrong ATM

14 Ways to Avoid Paying Irritating Bank Fees

November 15, 2016

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

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

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

Do you pay use tax?

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

October 25, 2016

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

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.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

10 Cheap, Effective Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

October 11, 2016

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

Check your credit to see where you stand

Never Read Your Credit Card Contract? It Might Cost You

October 4, 2016

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

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

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14 Easy Ways to Create an Emergency Food Stockpile

September 20, 2016

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

Get a helping hand with debt problems

How to Choose the Perfect Financial Adviser

September 13, 2016

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

If the struggle of gender equality for women, some are ashamed to face their finances, as they hold more debt, not savings

10 Reasons Merchants Reject Your Credit Card

September 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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