7 Benefits of Being Cheap

Personal Finance

7 Benefits of Being Cheap

7 Benefits of Being Cheap

“Cheap” is usually considered an offensive term, but could frugality be the best thing for your finances? It’s a good idea for everyone to have a budget and be aware of their spending habits, but going that extra step to becoming frugal can improve more than your financial well-being. We all know that cutting back can pay… Read More

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

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Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Nearly every day we hear from consumers who feel like their credit reports and scores are holding them back. Some have been battling mistakes they are having trouble getting fixed, others feel like they are stuck in credit purgatory because their credit reports still contain negative information from homes they lost or loans they defaulted… Read More

5 Risky Retirement Moves

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5 Risky Retirement Moves

5 Risky Retirement Moves

Planning for retirement can be intimidating, but making informed decisions can make all the difference. The best way to prepare is to get educated on the topic of retirement. This includes knowing what your company offers and what you can do on your own. There are some unconventional options out there that may seem like… Read More

The Most Expensive Home in America

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The Most Expensive Home in America

The Most Expensive Home in America

At the moment, the most expensive property on the market is a $139 million palace in Broward County, Fla. What does one get for that hefty sum, you ask? Plenty. The place is practically a giant jewelry box, given all the gold it contains, starting with the 13-foot, 22-carat gold leaf gate, according to a… Read More

Are Credit Cards Really Safer Than Debit Cards?

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Are Credit Cards Really Safer Than Debit Cards?

Are Credit Cards Really Safer Than Debit Cards?

Credit or debit — it’s a choice some consumers make without thinking, while others find the decision a bit more perplexing. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding which form of payment is best for you, but the recent spike in payment-system breaches brings one issue to the forefront: security. Unauthorized transactions… Read More

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

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Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

If the constant news of data breaches makes you nervous, it should. “Data breaches are the greatest risk factor for identity fraud,” warns Javelin Strategy and Research. And debit cardholders should be particularly worried because nearly half (46%) of consumers whose debit cards were breached in 2013 became fraud victims that same year, according to Javelin…. Read More

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

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Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot shoppers, check your credit card bills and bank statements. The home improvement giant confirmed Monday it was hit by hackers. While information is still scarce, it’s clear the hack will have a huge footprint. Here’s the relevant part of the firm’s statement: “Last Tuesday, September 2, we disclosed that we were investigating a… Read More

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