Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

Personal Finance

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

How does a 5-mile ride turn into an $800 bill? Last week, we told the story of Jim Mathes, who was angry about the bill he received after he took a short ride to the hospital, the first installment of our new Consumer Rage series. Readers raged, too, both for and against the ambulance industry... Read More

I Need a Credit Card. Where Do I Start?

Credit Cards

I Need a Credit Card. Where Do I Start?

I Need a Credit Card. Where Do I Start?

When choosing a credit card, it’s crucial to identify your needs. A card’s terms and benefits have to work with your situation, so it’s not a decision that can be based on what your friends have in their wallets. One of the first things to ask yourself is why you want a credit card, and... Read More

The 5 Most Expensive Things My Dog Ate

Personal Finance

The 5 Most Expensive Things My Dog Ate

The 5 Most Expensive Things My Dog Ate

This year, my husband and I decided to adopt a puppy. Our past experience with pets consisted of fish and parakeets, so we had a lot to learn: We talked to friends with dogs, bought “Dogs for Dummies” and did some Internet research. Upon accepting a future full of chewed belongings, various odors and constant... Read More

Does Layaway Affect Your Credit?

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Does Layaway Affect Your Credit?

Does Layaway Affect Your Credit?

If you’re looking at a tight holiday budget again this year, the ads retailers are rolling out for layaway may have caught your attention. With no interest, no credit check and relatively inexpensive fees, putting an item on layaway can appear to be a good way to spread out your holiday spending and make sure... Read More

Are Preapproved Mortgages Becoming Extinct?

Mortgages

Are Preapproved Mortgages Becoming Extinct?

Are Preapproved Mortgages Becoming Extinct?

Life is complicated for homebuyers these days. There can be lots of competition with other homebuyers — too much, in some cities. And the selection of homes for sale in many cities is skimpy. Add in rising home prices and jumpy interest rates and you’ve got a lot of stress. If you’re shopping for a home,... Read More

Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

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Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, time for that annual flood of pink-colored reminders to support a cure for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women. It’s also time for a tsunami of “pinkwashing” — bogus charities and fraudulent fundraising through the sale of ribbons and other hued merchandise that promise to benefit... Read More

Credit.com in the News 10.19.13

Personal Finance

Credit.com in the News 10.19.13

Credit.com in the News 10.19.13

As the federal budget debate grew in intensity this month, Credit.com’s experts took time to discuss financial issues with the media. From dealing with furloughs to general money topics, here are a few conversations our experts joined recently: Credit.com Director of Consumer Education Gerri Detweiler talked to TIME magazine about differences in business and consumer... Read More

7 Steps to Buying a Reliable Used Car

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7 Steps to Buying a Reliable Used Car

7 Steps to Buying a Reliable Used Car

Edmunds.com recently compared the cost of buying a new 2013 Honda Accord EX, leasing the car, or buying a used 2010 Accord EX. After factoring in the true market value of both cars, leasing charges, and current loan terms and rates, they found the total out-of-pocket cost after six years came to: Leasing – $24,768.... Read More

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