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How You’re Going to Get Hacked This Year

March 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Internet of Things, stolen fingerprints among biggest scam predictions for 2017

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Your Auto Insurance Premiums Are Going Up

March 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Depending on where you live, your costs could be up by more than 60 percent.

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Before You Sign Up for That Cool New Monthly Subscription…

March 16, 2017 | Make Change

…consider the hell of trying to cancel it

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Digging Holes Helped Andrew From Family Money Plan Pay Down Debt

March 8, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Manual labor stinks, but it certainly helped him think toward the future.

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Look Out: Mortgage Payments Will Go Up This Year

March 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

With the expected raise in the federal funds rate and climbing home values, potential homeowners may be wary about buying this year.

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It’s Not You, It’s the House

March 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you were looking to purchase a house this year, you may not be able to afford it.

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You Don’t Need Marriage to Buy a Home

February 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Young, unwed couples are buying homes faster than they were a decade ago. While married couples still make up the bulk of homebuyers, 15 percent are couples that aren’t married.

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Netflix Shows Are So Good, Couples Are Cheating

February 17, 2017 | Joe Pye

The majority of couples around the world are watching ahead of each other.

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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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What’s The Difference Between “Used” And “Pre-Owned”?

February 15, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A couple isn’t sure how to replace their two broken-down cars.

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The White House is a Big League Downgrade for Trump

January 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The White House is valued at $400 million but as Donald Trump moves in, he’ll be downgrading.

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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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.

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My Experience With a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

December 22, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

The things I learned during my time at Than Merrill’s Real Estate Class

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Apartment Hunting for Dummies: The Checklist

December 21, 2016 | Jess Miller

Finding a place to live in a new city can be hard, but there are ways to save money and sanity during your search.

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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: […]

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Homebuyers Are Concerned About Affordability, Especially Millennials

November 21, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Rent and home affordability are both major concerns for millennials

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Millennials Twice as Likely as Boomers to Use Home Equity Loans

November 16, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

This new generation embraces an older concept: Homes are investments.

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Is Household Debt Creeping Back Up To Recession Level?

November 15, 2016 | Debt.com

Here are the numbers behind what’s happening to household debt, and what they mean. You shouldn’t worry too much.

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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By The Numbers: Work Sucks

November 4, 2016 | Michael Koretzky

We can’t leave, we can’t stay awake.

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Should You Use a 401k Loan to Pay for a Bathroom Remodel?

November 3, 2016 | Dollar Stretcher

We ask a CPA for advice. What he says might surprise you.

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Ask The Expert: Help, I’m Upside Down!

October 12, 2016 | Steve Rhode

A reader owes big money on her car and wants to know what she should do next. Here’s what she SHOULDN’T do.

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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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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.

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Are Fixer-Uppers A Financial Downer?

September 21, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Fixer-upper homes may not be worth cost of renovations, researchers say.

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Your Choice of College May Come Down to Location

September 15, 2016 | Dori Zinn

The best colleges are in cities with some of the most expensive off-campus housing. It costs more to live near Stanford than actually attend it.

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One in Five Buy Their Homes “Sight Unseen”

September 14, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

High-end homes are even more likely to get blind offers

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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.

Don't settle for high rent rates.

Ask The Expert: Should We Charge Our Daughter Rent?

August 24, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks it will teach her a lesson, but his wife isn’t so sure.

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Millennial Credit Scores Continue to Rise

August 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Many young people are hesitant about buying homes, but for those that are jumping on board, they’re doing it with better credit and more FHA loans.

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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.

From stolen Honda Accords to relaxation guilt

Don’t Drive an Old Honda in California

August 1, 2016 | Dori Zinn

California has the most stolen cars in the entire nation

Here's what you should know before taking your first cruise.

Want to Save Money? Live on a Cruise Ship

August 1, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why it’s cheaper to take a year-long vacation than it is to live in California

Students Are Missing Out on Thousands of Dollars

July 28, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Many households don’t think they qualify for need-based financial aid – they’re wrong.

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Dvorkin On Debt: The Impending Auto Bubble

July 25, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Remember the housing bubble? Are car loans the next mortgage crisis?

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Everyone Thinks It’s a Great Time to Buy a Home

July 14, 2016 | Dori Zinn

With mounting student loan debt and stiff competition in home-buying, millennials aren’t confident they can afford it. Home costs are going up but incomes aren’t.

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Cheap Homes Are Selling, But People Who Need Them Can’t Afford Them

July 11, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Across the United States, low-income earners are spending nearly 23 percent of their income on mortgage payments. In some areas, Americans are spending more than 30 percent of their income.

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Can You Afford a New Car? Depends on Where You Live

July 7, 2016 | Dori Zinn

How much car can you afford? This map shows where cars are most and least affordable in the U.S.