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Donald Trump celebrates the anniversary of his election with a birthday cake (illustrated)

Are You Happier Now?

November 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It’s been a year since America elected Trump. What have we got to show for it?

Woman with medical debt and credit card debt sits upset at her laptop

I’ve Never Been In Debt Before, But Now I’m Sick. How Do I Avoid Debt Now?

November 8, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader has lived a frugal life, but now her personal health may affect her personal finances.

Flustered couple fighting a medical bill

How (And When) To Fight An Unfair Medical Bill

October 31, 2017 | Deb Hipp

I fought and saved money. But I also paid some money just to move on with my life.

Colorado Pays A LOT in Health Care

Sorry, Colorado, You Pay A LOT in Health Care

October 25, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Colorado residents are paying an average of $916 annually for out-of-pocket health care expenses, or 28 percent more than the national average.

Human Skull Rest On Top of Gold Coins

You Can’t Cheat Death, But You Can Save on It

October 23, 2017 | Adina Solomon

A funeral expert tells you how to plan your own demise on a tight budget.

A black father and his son laugh and hug on the couch

Income Inequality Is Worse Than You Think

October 12, 2017 | Dori Zinn

According to a recent study, high-income white Americans overestimated the racial income gap more than other groups.

Bernie Sanders performs a health care comedy skit (illustrated)

We Can Finally Talk Seriously About Healthcare Again

September 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

After years of mushy Obamacare repeal, Bernie Sanders gives us something concrete to debate.

Nontraditional employees don't get benefits like health insurance, but they get to work from home.

Nontraditional Employees Don’t Have Benefits

August 11, 2017 | Dori Zinn

One in four Americans are part-time workers or independent contractors, yet don’t have the same benefits — like health insurance or a retirement plan — like their traditional-working peers.

Man walks along a political fork in the road (illustration)

3 Financial Ideas Democrats Hope Will Win Back Congress

July 27, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Democrats want to offer “A Better Deal,” but they’ll have to win a lot of seats first.

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How Can I Save Major Money On Minor Surgery?

July 26, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is looking for healthcare savings before she needs a procedure.

CREDIT SCORE NOT A LOAN

Here Are All The Ways Your Credit Score Is About To Jump

July 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Crippling debt can totally kill our credit history, which makes buying a home or car or even getting a credit card nearly impossible. But some new changes to reporting are going to seriously boost your credit score.

Cyber thief sitting in front of a laptop, poised to steal your identity, personal data, and financial accounts

Even Medical Devices Aren’t Scam-Free

July 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

There are more than 8,000 security flaws from four different pacemaker manufacturers.

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Why Health Savings Accounts Are Booming Right Now

June 12, 2017 | Dori Zinn

As many older Americans gripe with how to afford retirement, they’re taking advantage of health savings accounts now more than ever.

baby boomer retiring

We Don’t Care About Retirement as Much as We Say We Do

June 5, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most of us are worried about emergencies, health care, and vacations more than saving for our retirement.

Work excuses you can use

Just Being Poor Can Make You Sick

May 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The more debt you have, the more likely you are to have higher stress levels, more weight gain, and increased sleep loss.

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High Debt Gives Us High Anxiety

May 19, 2017 | Joe Pye

Most Americans don’t have a plan to deal with an average debt of $37,000.

Portrait of young stressed woman sitting at home office desk in front of laptop, touching head with frustrated facial expression, having headache, overworked or depressed about health

Despite Less Anxiety, Americans Still Worry About Health Care

May 9, 2017 | Dori Zinn

While Americans are divided on issues like how the government should be run and defense spending, many of them on both sides of the aisle are concerned about health care.

Make sure your health benefits add up.

The Sicker You Are, the Worse Our Country Is

April 19, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The healthiest counties in America made more money on average, had a higher economic growth, and a lower unemployment rate.

medical identity theft

Ask the Expert: How Sick Is This Form Of Identity Theft?

April 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks his identity was stolen from an urgent care center. Now what?

40-hour work week? Try 60

How Working Too Hard Can Drive You Into Debt

April 3, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You’ve heard the term, “work smarter, not harder”? Try “work less, save more.”

Donald Trump juggles piggy banks representing Social Security (illustrated)

Can Trump Keep His Promise To Leave Social Security Alone?

March 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.

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Need Long-Term Health Care? Move to Louisiana

March 14, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The least and most expensive states to live in when it comes to long-term health care, from home health aides to living facilities.

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It’s Coming from Inside the Hospital

March 9, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We’re getting our medical data stolen, and most scammers are taking it straight from the hospitals themselves
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Can you handle a medical credit card?

Health Savings Accounts Hit Record Highs

March 8, 2017 | Dori Zinn

More than 20 million Americans are taking advantage of health savings accounts. Should you get one?

A giant Donald Trump lounges in a speech to Congress (illustrated)

State of the Dystopia

March 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress Tuesday night was a nice change of pace. But actually doing stuff would be better.

health care data security

Medical Records are Stolen Every Single Day

March 1, 2017 | Dori Zinn

44 percent of Americans are worried about their personal health care information being stolen and at least one record is stolen everyday.

medical expenses debt

Tax Refunds Aren’t Getting Us Out of Debt

February 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Forty percent of American families are making thousands of dollars in medical, auto, or tax payments at some point in a year but even after paying, they’re suffering from crippling debt.

Image of Abigail Perry who wrote a book to help people avoid getting depressed over money

7 Ways To Save Money Even When You’re Depressed

February 20, 2017 | Lucy Lazarony

Abigail Perry is chronically depressed, but she’s still smart about spending and saving.

Parents, veterans, and other Americans drop their petitions into the White House (illustrated)

Financial Issues Real Americans Want Trump to Solve

February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.

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

Americans Can’t Handle Will, Estate, Inheritance Talks

February 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most families have strong misconceptions about the value of an estate and this hurts us later in life when our loved ones pass away.

Activity toys help decrease risk of pet obesity

A Thinner Pet Could Mean a Fatter Wallet

January 24, 2017 | Joe Pye

Millions are being spent on obese pet vet bills.

Can you handle a medical credit card?

Ladies Pay More for Retirement Health Care Than Men

January 4, 2017 | Dori Zinn

While women will have to spend more on health care in retirement, that doesn’t mean men have it very easy. Both groups face a huge struggle to save for their golden years.

Make sure your health benefits add up.

Uninsured Rates At Historic Low In Some States

October 5, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Obamacare coverage drastically varies across the United States. Texas ranks dead last, with a 17.10 percent uninsured rate — double the national average.

Make sure your health benefits add up.

How Physical Health Helps Financial Health

October 3, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Want to get your finances on track? Try moving more.

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Dvorkin On Debt: From Homeless To College

August 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The eighth Debt.com scholarship winner has two goals: Find a home and become an artist.