10 Areas Where Home Sellers Are Making Bank

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10 Areas Where Home Sellers Are Making Bank

10 Areas Where Home Sellers Are Making Bank

It’s a good time to sell a home. Buyers are back to fighting over properties in hot markets and that means less time sellers need to wait around. Realtor.com says homes stayed on the market 14 days less in March 2016 than March 2015, a dramatic drop. The number of homes listed has dropped, too,... Read More

What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Credit Card?

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What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Credit Card?

What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Credit Card?

If you look at the back of your credit card, you’ll see the small print that tells you your credit card isn’t valid unless it’s signed. And that isn’t just a recommendation — card issuers want you to sign it for your protection. “We think it’s a good practice for customers to sign the back... Read More

6 Secrets to Buying Quality Used Stuff Online

Personal Finance

6 Secrets to Buying Quality Used Stuff Online

6 Secrets to Buying Quality Used Stuff Online

Buying something used vs. new is a classic way to save money. Garage sales and thrift stores are standard for this type of commerce.  But these days, thanks to apps and the internet, there are dozens of ways to buy treasures sellers want to get rid of. There are a few rules of thumb for effective ‘treasure... Read More

10 Home Hacks That Save Time & Money

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10 Home Hacks That Save Time & Money

10 Home Hacks That Save Time & Money

It’s time to cast aside your cynicism. It turns out that the best things in life ARE free – or darned close — at least when it comes to little touches that make life a little easier and your house a little homier. Doubt it? Try these 10 home hacks and you will believe: 1. Banish... Read More

The Thing That Can Add $5K of Value to Your House

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The Thing That Can Add $5K of Value to Your House

The Thing That Can Add $5K of Value to Your House

Becoming a homeowner is still the American Dream for many people. You apply for a 15- or 30-year mortgage and add as many home upgrades and improvements as possible. In addition to hoping it’s a seller’s market when you put the ‘for sale’ in your lawn, those home improvements determine how much profit you stand to... Read More

A Butcher’s 6 Secrets for Saving Money on Meat

Personal Finance

A Butcher’s 6 Secrets for Saving Money on Meat

A Butcher’s 6 Secrets for Saving Money on Meat

When I think about thrift and meat — specifically in the U.S., but increasingly in areas like Europe — the first thing that comes to mind is the devotion folks have to tenderness. This tends to be the Holy Grail quality people look for in meat. To me, this is a backwards approach to quantifying... Read More

18 Retailers That Offer Free In-Store Pickup For Online Orders

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18 Retailers That Offer Free In-Store Pickup For Online Orders

18 Retailers That Offer Free In-Store Pickup For Online Orders

As online competition has heated up, more retailers have started offering free store pickup for online orders. This gives customers another way to avoid shipping costs. Many national retail chains that sell products both online and in brick-and-mortar stores — from big-box stores to home-improvement stores to a dollar store — now offer the option of free store pickup.... Read More

The New FICO Score: What It Means for You

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The New FICO Score: What It Means for You

The New FICO Score: What It Means for You

If you’ve always maintained a strong payment history with your cellphone and cable bills and want a little credit for it, you may be in luck. Credit-scoring giant FICO just announced a new scoring model designed to give credit scores based on people’s payment history with their phone, utilities and other bills. LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Equifax introduced the FICO Score XD... Read More

6 Car-Buying Hacks Dealers Hope You Don’t Know

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6 Car-Buying Hacks Dealers Hope You Don’t Know

6 Car-Buying Hacks Dealers Hope You Don’t Know

Buying a car is one of the most stressful financial decisions you can make. Not only are cars expensive, you also usually make this decision only once every few years, and you are facing off with someone who deals with car sales every single day. It’s no wonder so many people hate the idea of... Read More

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