The Holiday Shopping Danger You Won’t See Coming

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The Holiday Shopping Danger You Won’t See Coming

The Holiday Shopping Danger You Won’t See Coming

Around this time last year, cybercrime went mainstream with Target’s announcement that the credit and debit card accounts of 40 million shoppers were nabbed during the height of the holiday shopping season. Worse, the personally identifiable information of 70 million Target customers was in the wind. Before you get too worked up, here’s something to… Read More

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

Students

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

A couple of points on the math portion of the SAT tests cost Eva Baker a year of free college tuition. Baker was planning on getting a year of college classes under her belt during her senior year of high school through Florida’s dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment allows high school students to take courses… Read More

5 Store Credit Cards That Are Worth It

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5 Store Credit Cards That Are Worth It

5 Store Credit Cards That Are Worth It

Shoppers who are in a hurry to pay for goods and move on may find it frustrating to be constantly asked to apply for a store credit card. In some cases, store credit cards are not a good deal. Sure, you might get a small discount off of your first purchase after being approved, but you often end… Read More

Is Your Life Insurance Worthless?

Personal Finance

Is Your Life Insurance Worthless?

Is Your Life Insurance Worthless?

Everyone will tell you about the importance of having life insurance, but life insurance is only valuable when you understand it. Knowing why you need life insurance and comparing policies to find the right one for you is only the beginning. It is just as important to read the fine print, find the exclusions and… Read More

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

Mortgages

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. increased from September to October, driven mostly by a jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions and homes repossessed by lenders. RealtyTrac’s monthly foreclosure report shows changes in foreclosure activity — default notices, bank repossessions and scheduled auctions of residential properties — across the country, on a state level and in the… Read More

Prepaid Cards May Be Getting More Consumer-Friendly

Personal Finance

Prepaid Cards May Be Getting More Consumer-Friendly

Prepaid Cards May Be Getting More Consumer-Friendly

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed regulations Thursday that would make prepaid debit cards safer to use and easier for consumers to understand. People who use prepaid cards often use them as an alternative to checking accounts, debit cards or credit cards, but those products offer much better consumer protections than prepaid cards. For example,… Read More

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