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James LaDue is a financial news editor with a background in credit card reporting. His work has been featured on various news outlets specialized in trade and consumer finance.

5 Ways to Break a Sweat Without Breaking the Bank

Personal Finance

5 Ways to Break a Sweat Without Breaking the Bank

5 Ways to Break a Sweat Without Breaking the Bank

Gym memberships are expensive. And with Americans getting in better shape in preparation for the summer, more are joining fitness facilities. But there are plenty of ways to shed pounds and tone your body throughout the course of your everyday life without spending a dime. 1. Stretches to Start Determining how well your day starts... Read More

Beware This Publix Coupon Scam

Identity Theft

Beware This Publix Coupon Scam

Beware This Publix Coupon Scam

Publix shoppers are the latest targets of a coupon scam on Facebook promising $75 off an $80 purchase. Customers took to social media to report receiving a link by private message, complete with expiration date, UPC code, terms and conditions and even the Publix logo and slogan. The link directs users to a fake Publix website, then prompts them to share the offer... Read More

Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Chip Card Transactions

Credit Cards

Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Chip Card Transactions

Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Chip Card Transactions

Two industry giants are set to face off in court over that chip debit card in your wallet. Wal-Mart filed a lawsuit against Visa on Tuesday, alleging the network is forcing its customers to use signatures in lieu of PINs when paying with chip-based debit cards, The Wall Street Journal reports.  This compromises customers’ security, Wal-Mart asserts,... Read More

This High School Football Stadium Is Going to Cost $63M

Managing Debt

This High School Football Stadium Is Going to Cost $63M

This High School Football Stadium Is Going to Cost $63M

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially if it has to do with football. Take, for example, the $62.8 million price tag attached to the future McKinney high school football stadium. You read that correctly: $62.8 million has been approved to construct a 12,000-seat high school football stadium. According to The Dallas Mornings News, the stadium... Read More

A Temporary Tattoo Could Replace Your Credit Card

Credit Cards

A Temporary Tattoo Could Replace Your Credit Card

A Temporary Tattoo Could Replace Your Credit Card

If you’ve ever been to a music festival, sports stadium or any other crowded event, you may have been concerned about carrying a purse or wallet, which can not only be cumbersome, but can make you the target of pickpockets. And the alternative of carrying a solitary plastic credit card isn’t much better since they can easily slip out... Read More

It Costs $703 Just to Attend a Wedding Now

Personal Finance

It Costs $703 Just to Attend a Wedding Now

It Costs $703 Just to Attend a Wedding Now

You may dread receiving certain mail, particularly bills reminding you how much you owe. And if you’re like some Americans, you may get that same sinking feeling when a wedding invite appears in your mailbox. That’s because the average wedding now costs $703, according to a recent survey from American Express. The American Express Spending & Saving... Read More

Where Did the Term ‘Real Estate’ Come From?

Mortgages

Where Did the Term ‘Real Estate’ Come From?

Where Did the Term ‘Real Estate’ Come From?

There are plenty of words we use everyday. But have you ever thought of their origins? Take real estate, for example. With its storied past, the term defines genuine land property, the soil beneath it and any structures built on it. Here’s a quick look at how that came to be. Defined by Merriam-Webster as property consisting of buildings and... Read More

Your HOA Payments May Now Affect Your Credit Score

Credit Score

Your HOA Payments May Now Affect Your Credit Score

Your HOA Payments May Now Affect Your Credit Score

Homeowner associations can be great for neighborhood maintenance, settling disputes and enforcing community guidelines, but all of those benefits come with a cost: the association dues. A good chunk of American homeowners agree to pay them — nearly 25%, according to RealtorMag.org — but unlike the mortgage, insurance and tax costs those homeowners also must pay,... Read More

The Credit Mistake 80% of People Under 50 Are Making

Credit Cards

The Credit Mistake 80% of People Under 50 Are Making

The Credit Mistake 80% of People Under 50 Are Making

Credit cards can be great for building, maintaining and even improving your overall credit. But when overused, hefty balances can be quite detrimental. Unfortunately, the average cardholder under the age of 52 appears to be carrying big balances, or, more specifically, using an average of 80% of their available credit. That was the finding of a recent TransUnion... Read More

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