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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.

The Real Reason Behind Skyrocketing College Tuition

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The Real Reason Behind Skyrocketing College Tuition

The Real Reason Behind Skyrocketing College Tuition

Sara Goldrick-Rab is among the loudest critics of America’s structures designed to fund college education. She’s a professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working for a state school that is squarely in the cross-hairs of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to cut funding and eliminate tenure. Her writings include… Read More

How Etsy Helped Me Pay Off $20K of Debt

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How Etsy Helped Me Pay Off $20K of Debt

How Etsy Helped Me Pay Off $20K of Debt

Their marriage had a less-than-ideal start. She had $20,000 in debt. He was about to lose his home, and the bank wouldn’t negotiate. He also had a student loan, a car loan and some credit card debt. When she moved to Cleveland to be with him, she’d be unemployed. He’d have to work overtime as… Read More

The Impact of Medical Debt on FICO Scores

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The Impact of Medical Debt on FICO Scores

The Impact of Medical Debt on FICO Scores

Getting sick has led to millions of Americans paying more for car loans, mortgages and credit card debt – thanks to a medical debt domino effect. But slowly, that’s changing. Several factors are coming together to fundamentally change the way unpaid medical bills impact Americans’ financial lives. The biggest one might also be the most… Read More

How to Buy a Used Car From a Private Seller

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How to Buy a Used Car From a Private Seller

How to Buy a Used Car From a Private Seller

One of the easiest ways to save money, and avoid debt, is to buy used cars instead of new. But once you decide that used is for you, there’s a second way to potentially save thousands of dollars — buy privately instead of from a dealer. There are plenty of potential pitfalls in private sales, which… Read More

Are Student Loans Causing College Tuitions to Skyrocket?

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Are Student Loans Causing College Tuitions to Skyrocket?

Are Student Loans Causing College Tuitions to Skyrocket?

Do student loans help students or colleges? A new paper published by the New York Federal Reserve makes a clear, and depressing assertion: Federal student loans and grants are often simply gobbled up by schools through tuition inflation, leaving the students no better off. More dollars chasing the fewer goods cause prices to rise. That’s… Read More

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