The States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

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The States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

The States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

U.S. foreclosure activity declined in September, reaching the lowest number of properties with a foreclosure filing since July 2006: 106,866. That’s down 9% from August and down 19% from last September, according to the monthly RealtyTrac foreclosure report, marking the 48th consecutive month of year-over-year declines in the foreclosure rate. September was also the final… Read More

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

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7 Costly Credit Score Myths

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

Your credit score can make a huge difference in your finances, from helping you qualify for loans and low interest rates to accessing utility services and renting the home you want. As much as people want to have good credit scores, there’s a lot of confusion about how they work. The more you know about credit… Read More

Do You Need to Change Your Dropbox Password?

Identity Theft

Do You Need to Change Your Dropbox Password?

Do You Need to Change Your Dropbox Password?

Fears of a Dropbox data breach were sparked earlier this week when a few hundred username and password combinations were posted to Reddit Oct. 13. The poster claims they are a portion of a larger collection of Dropbox credentials, The Next Web reported. The user also said there is “more to come” and asked for Bitcoin donations… Read More

I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

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I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

A Seattle woman took the DIY-wedding trend to a new level when she handmade her wedding dress for all of $30 — while riding the bus to work. Chi Krneta’s mom taught her to sew when she was a teenager, and making clothes has been a hobby of hers ever since. When she started planning… Read More

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

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Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

As a few cases of Ebola have reached the U.S., people are worrying about their exposure to the deadly disease and what they can do to avoid it. Among the plethora of helpful information out there on Ebola (as well as plenty of unhelpful content), drugs claiming to cure Ebola have started to appear, aimed… Read More

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

Identity Theft

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

Kmart announced Oct. 10 its information technology team detected a data breach of stores’ payment systems, compromising an unknown number of customer credit and debit cards. At this time, there aren’t many details available on the breach — Kmart’s team only detected it the day prior to its announcement, according to a company news release… Read More

Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

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Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

You have a steady job, but when it comes to paying the bills, you feel like you’re living paycheck to paycheck — what’s up with that? “I think there are a lot of people out there who feel that way,” said Kendra Hudson, a certified financial planner at Woodward Advisors in North Carolina. “It’s true… Read More

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

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5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

Here’s one of the tricky things about credit scores: They’re about more than credit. Sure, it’s extremely important to make loan payments on time and use credit cards responsibly, but there are plenty of non-credit things that can do serious damage to your scores, potentially making it more difficult to get loans at an affordable… Read More

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

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A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A Washington state mom owes nearly $700 after bouncing a $30 check for her children’s school lunches, Reuters reported Oct. 3. North Thurston High School officials in Lacey, Wash., sent the unpaid amount to a debt collection agency months after the check failed to clear Christina Johnson-Conley’s account, though the school had sent Johnson-Conley multiple… Read More

The Most Ticketed Cars

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The Most Ticketed Cars

The Most Ticketed Cars

There are all sorts of theories about which cars police officers are most likely to pull over, but cars aren’t breaking speed limits — drivers are. Rather than being cop magnets, certain cars get labeled as ticket targets because of the drivers they tend to attract: fast ones. On Insurance.com’s list of cars that get the… Read More

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