How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Hurt By Medical Debt

Managing Debt

How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Hurt By Medical Debt

How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Hurt By Medical Debt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new report today that sheds some light on the tricky world of medical debt collections. This new report found that 43 million consumers have medical collections on their credit reports, and more than half of the collection accounts on credit reports are medical in nature. It notes that… Read More

The Top Foreclosure States in America

Mortgages

The Top Foreclosure States in America

The Top Foreclosure States in America

For a brief moment this year, Florida was not the state with the highest foreclosure rate. Maryland relieved Florida of that dubious honor in October after foreclosure activity in the state surged, but a 31.1% decline in Maryland foreclosures from October to November was enough to push Florida back to the top, despite declines in that… Read More

How to Negotiate a Car Lease

Auto Loans

How to Negotiate a Car Lease

How to Negotiate a Car Lease

Most of us look forward to negotiating the price of a car with the anticipation of, say, a root canal. We just want it to be over. On the other hand, we want to feel reasonably sure we didn’t pay more than we needed to. And for a lot of us, that’s harder to do when… Read More

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

Personal Finance

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

Sometimes it can seem like money is disappearing right before your eyes. This is not magic — this is because the world is full of tricks, traps and opportunities to waste your hard-earned money. To start saving and stop wasting, consider cutting back on these five avoidable expenses. 1. Avoid Bank & Credit Card Fees Sometimes you need… Read More

How to Plan for Your Child’s College Costs

Students

How to Plan for Your Child’s College Costs

How to Plan for Your Child’s College Costs

Raising children is expensive, especially if you plan (or hope!) to pay for their college education. We all know the best way to put yourself in a position to help your child with higher education costs is to save early and often, but it is also important to know how to save for your child’s… Read More

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Think Again

Mortgages

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Think Again

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Think Again

Did you have a bad credit event in recent years? Do you have less than two years in the same career field? Is your monthly income less than three times your proposed payment? Fear not, when your financial picture doesn’t fit neatly into the box, you may still qualify with some lenders. Here’s how. When… Read More

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Identity Theft

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. “Ed-tech” is where some of America’s thorniest issues collide, however. Big Brother. Marketing to kids. Privacy. Boondoggles. Attention deficit disorder. Teacher accountability. As a… Read More

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