It’s understood that seats in first class are roomier than in coach. But did you know that some seats in coach are better than others? Seats may be narrower in the back of the plane. Also, some seats may have more “pitch” — the space between your seat and the seat in front of you. Get the wrong seat and you’ll have less legroom,... Read More
Ready for a new car? If so, you’re likely asking yourself what type of car you want, whether to upgrade to a larger ride and which color you prefer. But here’s another question: Should you buy or lease? Most people finance their vehicles or pay in cash, but leasing has some benefits too. How do you decide? What Does Leasing... Read More
Designer kitchens remain the rage, thanks in part to all those home remodeling shows that flood the cable TV airwaves every weekend. Home cooks can’t help but covet a truly fancy kitchen complete with every small appliance imaginable. I’ll confess that after I’ve watched a remodeling show or browsed Bon Appetit magazine, I start dreaming of pasta... Read More
Growing up, I thought my birthday was cursed. Something always seemed to go wrong. One year I had a bowling party. The bowling alley gave me a bowling pin, which I promptly dropped on my toe. Another year I had a skating party. Being rather shy, I was mortified when the skating rink (and my... Read More
Edmunds.com recently compared the cost of buying a new 2013 Honda Accord EX, leasing the car, or buying a used 2010 Accord EX. After factoring in the true market value of both cars, leasing charges, and current loan terms and rates, they found the total out-of-pocket cost after six years came to: Leasing – $24,768.... Read More
It’s hard to function in America today without some sort of credit card. They’re the safest way to shop online, and are often important – even necessary – to arrange for travel expenses like rental cars, hotels and plane tickets. For many, access to credit cards is as simple as responding to a solicitation in the mail,... Read More
I once went on a date with a friend of a friend. Before appetizers, he asked what I did. I told him I was a personal finance writer, and he told me he didn’t believe in all that “hooey.” In fact – I kid you not — he said he kept his money hidden in his kitchen.... Read More
This post originally appeared on Money Talks News. If you have a life insurance policy you no longer want or can’t afford, stopping payments or simply cashing it in aren’t your only options – or your best ones. Many people have sold their policies in a life settlement sale and come out the other side with cash... Read More
This post originally appeared on Money Talks News. Budgeting is a great tool to help you reach financial independence. But what if your budget is actually hurting you? It can happen when you budget for a purchase. In fact, consumers who start shopping with a price in mind spend up to 50 percent more than those who don’t, according... Read More
This post originally appeared on Money Talks News. Unless you have a lot of free time, or don’t care about getting the best deal, real estate agents are a necessary part of buying or selling a house. They know the industry in and out and make the task a lot easier for you. But, as with any special... Read More
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