Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

Students

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

A 32-year-old Texas woman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for taking out more than $564,000 in fraudulent student loans, the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Texas announced in a news release Nov. 18. Mindy Ritch, of Flint, was arrested May 31, 2013, on charges of student financial aid… Read More

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Personal Finance

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

There was a time when there was no “Black Friday.” On Thanksgiving, people overate, watched football on TV or played it in the yard, and then settled in to check the newspaper, thick and heavy with ads, to make a plan for the after-Thanksgiving sales. That’s what they were called: after-Thanksgiving sales. Black Friday hadn’t… Read More

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

Auto Loans

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

Conventional wisdom says that a good down payment for a car is about 20% of its total price. That’s because cars typically lose about 21% of their original value the first year. The logic was that if something happened to the car, it wouldn’t necessarily total your finances as well. If, for example, you had a… Read More

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

Students

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

For some federal student loan borrowers who graduated in May, the time has come: It’s the end of your loan repayment grace period. If you’re about to start shelling out monthly loan payments, just started or are hoping to aggressively tackle your debt, there are a lot of things to do before you start transferring… Read More

How to Stop the Holiday Food & Shopping Binge

Personal Finance

How to Stop the Holiday Food & Shopping Binge

How to Stop the Holiday Food & Shopping Binge

Well, it’s just about here…Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the holiday season is upon us. Wow, how the year has flown by, right? I just love all of the gatherings, parties, meals, gifts and laughter that we’ll share in the coming weeks with those we love. Along with all the revelry though often comes… Read More

Can You Shoplift Online?

Personal Finance

Can You Shoplift Online?

Can You Shoplift Online?

Most consumers wouldn’t dream of slipping a piece of jewelry in their purse and walking out without paying for it. They’d never eat a candy bar while shopping then conveniently “forget” about it. But there is another type of shoplifting that doesn’t require a consumer to set foot in a store, and as a result… Read More

Can You Afford an Investment Property?

Mortgages

Can You Afford an Investment Property?

Can You Afford an Investment Property?

Making extra money without much work — it can seem almost too good to be true. Yet we’ve all heard of a friend (or a friend of a friend) who is making a killing with investment properties. With the housing market on the rebound, home values are rising across the nation and it could be a… Read More

10 Mistakes That Can Double Your Tech Spending

Personal Finance

10 Mistakes That Can Double Your Tech Spending

10 Mistakes That Can Double Your Tech Spending

From phones to TVs to computers, technology is woven into almost every aspect of modern living. We use it for work; we use it for entertainment; we use it for security. However, you could be spending a lot more on tech than needed. Mistake No. 1: Renting Electronics & Equipment Hopefully everyone is savvy enough to… Read More

How to Get a New Job in the New Year

Personal Finance

How to Get a New Job in the New Year

How to Get a New Job in the New Year

With the new year approaching, it can be a great time to assess where you are in life. Maybe this is the time to make a resolution you can keep. One of the most common frustrations in America is being unhappy at work. If you consider carefully and decide it is time to start looking for… Read More

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