Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

Credit Cards

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

If you haven’t heard, the airline industry has all but given up trying to make a profit just by charging for airfare. The notion that these companies will stay in business by charging passengers for transportation has been replaced by a new model: Passengers pay for their tickets, but then face the possibility of many... Read More

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

Personal Finance

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

My grandfather, an Old World Italian guy who raised his younger brother in the aftermath of the Great Depression, never paid another person to work on his home. When I was 8 and he was sixty-something, I acted as his helper over my summer vacation as he rebuilt the porches on his duplex, including mixing... Read More

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

Credit Cards

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, pot is now a legitimate billion dollar business in America. But according to federal law, purchasing pot is illegal. So practically speaking, actually buying and selling marijuana is still a sticky situation. Because of... Read More

Michaels Reports Possible Data Breach

Identity Theft

Michaels Reports Possible Data Breach

Michaels Reports Possible Data Breach

Another major retail chain is reporting a possible data breach. On Jan. 25, Michaels announced it may have experienced a data security attack, and while the company is investigating possible fraudulent activity on payment cards used at Michaels stores, no breach has been confirmed. The company, based in Irving, Texas, and the largest chain specializing... Read More

How One Woman Paid Off Serious Credit Card Debt in 18 Months

Managing Debt

How One Woman Paid Off Serious Credit Card Debt in 18 Months

How One Woman Paid Off Serious Credit Card Debt in 18 Months

What’s the price of freedom? For Minnesota businesswoman and talk show host Lauri Flaquer, it was nearly $30,000. That was how much she owed in credit card debt, though she had no idea of the total. Until, inspired by Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, she went from the patio where she was reading and into... Read More

The Taco Bell Identity Theft Caper

Identity Theft

The Taco Bell Identity Theft Caper

The Taco Bell Identity Theft Caper

A Michigan resident got a little something extra by going through the local Taco Bell drive-thru. No, it wasn’t a bonus chalupa. It was identity theft. An employee at a Fruitport Township, Mich., Taco Bell is suspected of stealing at least one customer’s credit card number, according to a local news report. The police have... Read More

7 Bad Pieces of Get-Out-of-Debt Advice

Managing Debt

7 Bad Pieces of Get-Out-of-Debt Advice

7 Bad Pieces of Get-Out-of-Debt Advice

Asking for advice is one of those things that can either be helpful or disastrous — it depends on the topic and who’s offering tips. When it comes to get-out-of-debt advice, the stakes are high, so choose your advisers carefully and keep an open mind when it’s time to make decisions. It’s not so much... Read More

How to Build Credit & Save at the Same Time

Personal Finance

How to Build Credit & Save at the Same Time

How to Build Credit & Save at the Same Time

Personal finance is full of decisions: Rent or buy? Roth or traditional IRA? Save or build credit? But these aren’t all either-or scenarios. In fact, having good credit and well-managed savings go hand-in-hand. “You have to be serious about building your savings, because you’ll either end up paying bills late or you’ll run up on... Read More

The Worst Things You Can Do Before Buying a Home

Mortgages

The Worst Things You Can Do Before Buying a Home

The Worst Things You Can Do Before Buying a Home

Cynics may scoff, but getting under contract on the right home can turn even the most stoic shopper into a bit of a dreamer. From paint colors to planting a garden, picturing yourself in that property is critical for many buyers. But leave a little room for pragmatism. Remember that getting pre-approved for a mortgage... Read More

Single Parents & the Struggle to Pay for College

Students

Single Parents & the Struggle to Pay for College

Single Parents & the Struggle to Pay for College

Paying for college is difficult for many families, but the burden can be even heavier for single parents. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that a four-year college costs approximately $22,000 per year. That number seems enormous, especially when you factor in that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, half of single mothers... Read More

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