The Debt Diet Challenge Week #14: On the Path to Debt-Free

Managing Debt

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #14: On the Path to Debt-Free

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #14: On the Path to Debt-Free

This is our weekly installment of The Debt Diet Challenge, in which we follow the progress of participants selected to take Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet as they work to get themselves out of debt and on track to a better financial future. Every week, the participants blog about their experiences with the program. Here are… Read More

Girl Scouts Unveil New Badges for Good Credit & Finance Achievements

Personal Finance

Girl Scouts Unveil New Badges for Good Credit & Finance Achievements

Girl Scouts Unveil New Badges for Good Credit & Finance Achievements

The Girl Scout badge has always been a sort of social barometer. There was 1913’s “matron housekeeper,” which encouraged a working knowledge of housecleaning and meat market prices. The “signaller” honor of 1920 fostered an understanding of Semaphore and Morse Code. And what of these less-than-halcyon days of consumer debt and economic crisis? Why, a… Read More

Which Part of the 99% Are You?

Personal Finance

Which Part of the 99% Are You?

Which Part of the 99% Are You?

For over a month now, protesters have been marching around Wall Street shouting a now-familiar chant: “We Are The 99 Percent!” Okay, you say, but exactly what percent am I? The Wall Street Journal just posted this neato-burrito tool to help you find out. Simply type in how much money you make in a year,… Read More

Three Bank Protests, Three Very Different Responses

Personal Finance

Three Bank Protests, Three Very Different Responses

Three Bank Protests, Three Very Different Responses

Three banks, three very different responses to anti-bank protests. As protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement gathered at branches of the nation’s largest banks over the weekend, some of them intent on closing their accounts, banks and their employees reacted in very different ways, indicating some confusion by banks about how best to… Read More

Debit Card Swipe Fee, We Hardly Knew Thee

Credit Cards

Debit Card Swipe Fee, We Hardly Knew Thee

Debit Card Swipe Fee, We Hardly Knew Thee

Just weeks after a law that limits debit card swipe fees fully took effect, a bipartisan effort in Congress is moving to repeal it. Representatives Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced Wednesday that they are introducing a bill to overturn the Durbin Amendment, which has become the center of an ongoing controversy over… Read More

Best Cash Back Credit Card Right Now

Credit Cards

Best Cash Back Credit Card Right Now

Best Cash Back Credit Card Right Now

Credit cards are getting to be a little like cars. There always seems to be new models of the proven brands. I’ve always liked the Chase Freedom card and now there’s a “new model” that you might want to take for a test drive if you need a new cash back card. The Chase Freedom… Read More

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