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Bob Sullivan

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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

Personal Finance

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

America: What’s your money story? Credit.com contributor Bob Sullivan is hitting the road to ask the people he meets across the U.S. that very question. Whether it’s your struggle with student loans, what you did when you lost your job, how you dealt with a house that was underwater or the ingenious way you paid… Read More

The Ambulance Loophole That Could Cost You Big

Managing Debt

The Ambulance Loophole That Could Cost You Big

The Ambulance Loophole That Could Cost You Big

When Jo-Anne deLeon called 911 last month because her husband Jimmy was having a heart attack, two ambulances showed up at her house. Then, a $750 bill showed up. The bill wasn’t for the ambulance, or the ride. It was for the paramedic inside ambulance No. 2, after he jumped into ambulance No. 1. The… Read More

9 Hotel Gotchas

Personal Finance

9 Hotel Gotchas

9 Hotel Gotchas

When you check into a hotel, don’t set let scam artists or misbehaving companies check into your wallet. It’s summer travel season, and that means vacations, road trips and hotel stays. It also means you’ll be facing a minefield of gotchas. So don’t let your healthy skepticism go on vacation when you do. There’s ripoffs,… Read More

Unemployed & in Search of the American Dream

Personal Finance

Unemployed & in Search of the American Dream

Unemployed & in Search of the American Dream

Shhh….The worst part of the Great Recession wasn’t the housing bubble. Or the loss of retirement savings. No, the dirty little secret about America’s most recent economic calamity is the massive surge of long-term unemployment that has struck the American workforce, and remains a scourge on the nation. Even with the economic recovery well under… Read More

Are Americans More in Debt Than the Rest of the World?

Managing Debt

Are Americans More in Debt Than the Rest of the World?

Are Americans More in Debt Than the Rest of the World?

Americans have a global reputation for being a) bad at soccer (futbol) and b) good at spending money they don’t have. Looks like it might be time to challenge both conventional beliefs. As the surprisingly game Americans took the “pitch” on Tuesday against Belgium, many observers conceded that the U.S. team rightly earned its spot… Read More

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

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The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

Starbucks’ “free college” announcement was probably the public relations coup of the year. CEO Howard Schultz earned gushing ink from the New York Times and gushing praise from Jon Stewart on the same day. As details dribbled out about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, however, it became clear that the program is neither as generous… Read More

Can a Former Employer Keep You From Getting a Job?

Personal Finance

Can a Former Employer Keep You From Getting a Job?

Can a Former Employer Keep You From Getting a Job?

OK, free market defenders, time to stand up and be counted. Do you believe in competition, or not? Aptly named “non-compete clauses” are creeping into standard employment agreements across a host of low-wage industries, according to a story in The New York Times. One such clause prevented a 19-year-old college kid from getting a job… Read More

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