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CFPB Recovers $14 Million for Ripped-Off Consumers

September 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The federal agency continues to aggressively battle companies that confuse and shortchange consumers.

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Banks Are Helping Hurricane Harvey And Irma Victims

September 14, 2017 | Nate Mills

If your bank is on this list, you might be eligible for free services.

Find credit cards with the best rewards program.

The Worst Rewards Credit Card EVER?

August 15, 2017 | Jason Steele

If the Kroger ‘1-2-3 Rewards Card’ isn’t the worst, it’s close.

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Does The American Express Green Card Still Make Sense?

August 8, 2017 | Jason Steele

The most recognizable credit card in the world is no longer a world-beater.

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PenFed Promise Visa Card: The Simplest Card You’ll Ever Find

July 6, 2017 | Jason Steele

Sounds weird, but there’s a credit card that doesn’t feel like making money off you.

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Don’t Take Advantage of Credit Card Cash Advances

June 8, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Consumers are paying much more in cash advances than what they take out. Here’s a breakdown of the costs.

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Beware of Buried Expenses When Selling Your Home

June 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Homeowners don’t realize that they can pay upwards of $15,000 just to sell their home.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Hide Debt From My Girlfriend Till We Get Married?

May 3, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is looking for a “hack” to avoid telling his girlfriend the truth.

A couple looks at their finances and struggles to decide if they should pay bills like credit cards or save for retirement

How Do We Save For Retirement And Pay All Our Bills?

April 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to survive “the sandwich” — without evicting his mother-in-law.

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Ask the Expert: Are Debt Management Plans Legit?

April 12, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wonders if the letters DMP are A-OK.

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Ask The Expert: Are Credit Cards Rigged?

November 30, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is suspicious of all these “reward programs.” How can they possibly be legit?

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

Millions of Americans Spy on Credit Card Statements of Others

November 17, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Turns out that 24 percent of higher-earning and lower-earning Americans are equally likely to snoop on the credit report of someone they share an account with.

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 | Money Talks News

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

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Dvorkin On Debt: What You Can Learn From Ryan Lochte’s First Credit Card

November 14, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The swimmer, dancer, and spokesman just got a credit card. Here’s why that matters.

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

Surprising No One, Bank Fees Are Higher Than Ever

October 4, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Just realized you needed some cash? You’re about to pay $25 for that $20 bill. ATM fees are continuing to climb to record highs for the 10th straight year.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Credit Cards Are Still Crazy About Fees

September 5, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You’ll never guess how many fees your credit card can charge. Seriously, you’ll never guess.

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Don’t Put College On Your Credit Card

August 24, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most public schools charge convenience fees that can put you out hundreds of extra dollars a year

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.'s founder and CPA Howard Dvorkin

Ask The Expert: Can I Really Request A Break From My Credit Card Company?

March 30, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is skeptical that she can lower her interest rate and get a late fee removed — just by asking.

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Low-Income Americans May Have More Financial Options Soon

April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller

Banks and credit unions are marketing to a whole other demographic. Here’s why that’s good news.

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Here Is The Best Bank Account For You Right Now

March 23, 2015 | Jess Miller

Savings rates aren’t that high, but banking shouldn’t be costing you money.

You don't have to pay dumb banking fees.

6 ways to beat dumb banking fees

March 17, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

Why pay a bank to use your money? Avoiding fees involves some simple tech and even simpler questions.

Do you know about the value of EMV credit cards?

The Misplaced Priorities Of Credit Card Customers

March 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Charging wisely and protecting your identity are important, but we’re obsessed with looking good — and smelling good.

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PenFed Promise Visa: The Credit Card For People Who Hate Credit Cards

January 21, 2015 | Jason Steele

A credit card with no late fees? No balance transfer fees? No fees at all? Yup, it’s a Promise.

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The 7 Hidden Ways Your Credit Card Is Costing You

November 25, 2014 | Jess Miller

Where credit cards get sneaky, and what you can do to avoid their hidden costs.

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How To REALLY Save On Airline Travel

November 4, 2014 | Jess Miller

The advice for saving money on flying is literally up in the air. Here are 5 tips backed up by experts.'s founder and CPA Howard Dvorkin

Why You Need To Be Careful About Moving Bank Accounts

October 20, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Banks are running promotions to get you to switch. Here’s how to make some money and not lose any.

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

ATM fees rise to all-time high

September 30, 2014 | Jess Miller

It’s getting expensive to withdraw your own money.

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6 steps to renting a pet-friendly apartment

September 22, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here’s how to save time and money while keeping the landlord and your neighbors happy.