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Megan is a Money & Career, Health & Fitness, and Culture Writer at The Cheat Sheet. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural studies from Macalester College and a master’s degree in media studies from the New School University. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Financial Planning and other publications.

11 Reasons Why Cash Is Still King

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11 Reasons Why Cash Is Still King

11 Reasons Why Cash Is Still King

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] All I wanted was some cilantro and onions, and I didn’t have the money. Correction: I had the money, but it was in my bank account, not in my pocket. The corner fruit market I go to when I need a couple of quick ingredients only accepts cash... Read More

These Are the Areas Where It Costs the Most to Retire

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These Are the Areas Where It Costs the Most to Retire

These Are the Areas Where It Costs the Most to Retire

How much will you need to retire? $500,000? $1 million? $2 million? There’s no easy answer. Some people won’t be able to enjoy their dream retirement without millions of dollars in the bank. Others will try to get by with $100,000. It depends on your lifestyle. It also depends on where you live, according to... Read More

10 Bizarre Claims People Make to Avoid Paying Taxes

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10 Bizarre Claims People Make to Avoid Paying Taxes

10 Bizarre Claims People Make to Avoid Paying Taxes

Resistance to taxes is baked into Americans’ DNA. After all, it was cries of “taxation without representation” that spurred the American Revolution. Tax protests have continued on and off ever since, from the Whiskey Rebellion to Vietnam War-era tax resisters to the “sovereign citizen” movement. People object to paying taxes for all kinds of reasons,... Read More

10 Great Companies That Came Back from the Brink of Death

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10 Great Companies That Came Back from the Brink of Death

10 Great Companies That Came Back from the Brink of Death

Macy’s is closing stores. The Limited is bankrupt and shuttering locations around the country. Long-suffering Sears may not be able to last until 2018. Theranos, the disgraced blood testing company once valued at $9 billion, is as good as dead. Every year, American companies large and small succumb to bankruptcy or disappear when they’re swallowed... Read More

3 Things to Never Do When You Complain to Customer Service

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3 Things to Never Do When You Complain to Customer Service

3 Things to Never Do When You Complain to Customer Service

Most people don’t call a customer service hotline because they’re happy. If you’ve picked up the phone and dialed a 1-800 number, chances are you want to complain about something. But bringing a bad attitude into the call isn’t likely to get you the results you want. That’s according to a new study by researchers... Read More

5 Ways to Talk About the Election at Work Without Starting World War III

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5 Ways to Talk About the Election at Work Without Starting World War III

5 Ways to Talk About the Election at Work Without Starting World War III

The 2016 presidential election is the most contentious race in recent memory. Whatever your position on the question of Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, chances are, you’re just ready for this election season to be over. Unfortunately, the political fighting will likely get worse before it gets better. We can expect election chatter to reach... Read More

This Quiz Can Help You Determine if You’re Bad With Money

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This Quiz Can Help You Determine if You’re Bad With Money

This Quiz Can Help You Determine if You’re Bad With Money

Americans are financial dunces, and we may be getting denser. When the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) asked 27,000 adults to take a five-question financial literacy test, only 37% could answer four or more questions correctly. That’s down from 39% in 2012 and 42% in 2009. The quiz asked people questions about compound interest, inflation,... Read More

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