Time Warner Cable & Charter Overcharged Customers $7.2 Million a Year, Senate Finds

Personal Finance

Time Warner Cable & Charter Overcharged Customers $7.2 Million a Year, Senate Finds

Time Warner Cable & Charter Overcharged Customers $7.2 Million a Year, Senate Finds

A U.S. Senate investigation just gave consumers a reason to cut the cord. According to a report released Friday, TWC overcharged customers nationwide an estimated $639,948 between January and April this year, with the projected yearly total pegged at $1,919,844. On top of all that, Charter, TWC’s new parent company as of May, told the Senate’s Subcommittee that it... Read More

Millions of Americans Are Spending Half Their Paychecks on Rent

Mortgages

Millions of Americans Are Spending Half Their Paychecks on Rent

Millions of Americans Are Spending Half Their Paychecks on Rent

With home prices rising and many people under 65 shying away from buying a home, renters are finding themselves spending more on that monthly payment than ever before. The recently released annual State of the Nation’s Housing Report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found the number of renters devoting at least half of... Read More

Help! I Don’t Recognize This Student Loan on My Credit Report

Credit 101

Help! I Don’t Recognize This Student Loan on My Credit Report

Help! I Don’t Recognize This Student Loan on My Credit Report

So you finally pulled a copy of your credit report, and right off the bat you noticed something’s not right. You don’t recognize one of the creditor’s names, and they say you have significant student loan debt. What should you do? First of all, don’t panic. There’s a chance it’s all a mistake, so you’ll need to approach this strategically. Here’s... Read More

Want the New Citi Costco Card? Here’s What You Should Know

Credit Cards

Want the New Citi Costco Card? Here’s What You Should Know

Want the New Citi Costco Card? Here’s What You Should Know

As of Monday, the Costco Anywhere Visa Card and Costco Anywhere Visa Business Card, both issued by Citi, replaced the TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express as the retailer’s rewards credit cards. Replacement cards have been sent to existing TrueEarnings cardholders since May, but prospective customers can now apply for the new Citi cards online. (Full Disclosure: Citibank, American Express, Bank... Read More

The Real Reasons You Were Rejected for a Credit Card

Credit Cards

The Real Reasons You Were Rejected for a Credit Card

The Real Reasons You Were Rejected for a Credit Card

Many consumers dread being turned down for a credit card. But what you may not realize is that you actually can control a great deal of the factors that go into the credit issuer’s decision. Of course, it’s hard to get issuers to explain their criteria because it’s essentially their secret sauce, or how they do business. But after speaking... Read More

What Can I Do If My Roommate Won’t Pay Rent?

Personal Finance

What Can I Do If My Roommate Won’t Pay Rent?

What Can I Do If My Roommate Won’t Pay Rent?

So your roommate did the unthinkable and stopped paying rent. You like the person, really, but just thinking about it turns your stomach, and you’re deeply concerned about what this could do to your finances. For starters, your landlord could notify a consumer reporting company such as RentBureau, which is owned by the credit bureau Experian, about... Read More

What Do These Codes on My Paycheck Mean?

Personal Finance

What Do These Codes on My Paycheck Mean?

What Do These Codes on My Paycheck Mean?

Pay stubs list all sorts of important info, from your total amount of earnings for the pay period to your net pay, or how much you take home after taxes. They also list all kinds of details about your withholdings, or the difference between your taxable earnings and your net pay. Withholdings include federal taxes, state taxes, Social... Read More

Somebody Just Bought a Watermelon for $4,700

Personal Finance

Somebody Just Bought a Watermelon for $4,700

Somebody Just Bought a Watermelon for $4,700

Some people can’t resist the temptation to splurge on a fancy dinner. Then there are others who can’t resist the temptation to splurge ¥500,000, or about $4,700, on a rare black watermelon. According to Mental Floss, that’s exactly what happened Tuesday, when a lucky bidder took home a rare melon after an auction in Asahikawa, Japan, at a fresh produce market. Densuke watermelons are... Read More

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