Wedding Etiquette: 3 Ways to Request Cash

Personal Finance

Wedding Etiquette: 3 Ways to Request Cash

Wedding Etiquette: 3 Ways to Request Cash

While a bread maker or espresso machine are great gifts for a newly married couple, let’s be honest: there’s nothing quite like the gift of cash (or checks!). Cash provides options. It pays bills. It settles debt. It can contribute towards a new car or home, all things that ultimately trump an upright vacuum or… Read More

Idaho Uses Federal Funds to Launch Foreclosure Prevention Program

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Idaho Uses Federal Funds to Launch Foreclosure Prevention Program

Idaho Uses Federal Funds to Launch Foreclosure Prevention Program

Applications are now being accepted for a new initiative from the Idaho Housing and Finance Association that will use $13 million in federal funds to extend assistance to consumers facing foreclosure in the near future, according to a report from The Associated Press. The program is open to those in the state who have been… Read More

Licked By The Double-Dip: Housing Recession Strikes Again

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Licked By The Double-Dip: Housing Recession Strikes Again

Licked By The Double-Dip: Housing Recession Strikes Again

It’s official: The double-dip recession in housing is real. And it’s not going to turn around anytime soon. Average home prices fell by 4.2% in the first four months of 2011, according to a new report by Standard & Poor’s. It was the second straight quarter of decline, proving that the 3.6% drop during the… Read More

4 Alternatives to College

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4 Alternatives to College

4 Alternatives to College

Which would you choose, if given the opportunity: College or $100,000? This year, 24 people under the age of 20 will opt for the latter, thanks to a new fellowship program founded and funded by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.  The young Fellows will embark on “innovative scientific and technical projects, learn entrepreneurship, and begin to… Read More

Surprise! Your GPS Device (Probably) Isn’t Spying On You

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Surprise! Your GPS Device (Probably) Isn’t Spying On You

Surprise! Your GPS Device (Probably) Isn’t Spying On You

You’re driving around town. Right as you approach a McDonald’s, an advertisement appears on your car’s GPS device, giving you a coupon for a Big Mac. But the coupon isn’t coming from just any Mickey D’s. It’s good only at the McDonald’s you just passed. Creepy? Maybe. Proof that McDonald’s and your GPS device are… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Obtaining Adequate Healthcare Coverage, Planning For Retirement

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Obtaining Adequate Healthcare Coverage, Planning For Retirement

Financial News Roundup: Obtaining Adequate Healthcare Coverage, Planning For Retirement

Today’s top news headlines feature advice about maintaining sufficient health insurance and establishing a healthy retirement nest egg. Plus, find out if the American Dream is still intact. American Dream Prevails Despite Consumers’ Shaky Finances The Huffington Post Recent data shows consumers’ belief in the American Dream does not correlate with their financial security. A… Read More

Investors Sue Hundreds of Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations

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Investors Sue Hundreds of Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations

Investors Sue Hundreds of Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations

Two Las Vegas real estate investors filed a lawsuit recently against more than 500 neighborhood associations, claiming the groups charge illegal collection fees to people who own foreclosed homes. The massive lawsuit is the latest, and the most spectacular, development in an expensive battle over foreclosed houses in Las Vegas that already has resulted in… Read More

Dusting Off Your Credit Cards? 5 Things You Absolutely Must Do

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Dusting Off Your Credit Cards? 5 Things You Absolutely Must Do

Dusting Off Your Credit Cards? 5 Things You Absolutely Must Do

The economy still isn’t perfect, but it looks like most of us have started feeling better about whipping out our credit cards again. If you’ve been one of the many consumers who cut back on your spending, you’re probably looking forward to buying a few things you’ve had on hold. Hey, this is a natural… Read More

Many States See Deep Discounts on Foreclosures

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Many States See Deep Discounts on Foreclosures

Many States See Deep Discounts on Foreclosures

Foreclosed homes in Ohio offered the largest discount over other properties in the first three months of 2011, with an average savings of 41 percent, according to new statistics from the foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac. This was a decline from the 42 percent seen at the end 2010, but up slightly from the first quarter… Read More

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

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Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Summer’s almost here and perhaps you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust. What if you could hop on a plane and go somewhere for free? The credit cards in this roundup offer sign-up bonuses that are good enough for a free flight. Not bad, huh? Just one reminder: Rewards cards have APRs on the high side. But… Read More

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