Do You Really Need to Buy a Snow Blower?

Personal Finance

Do You Really Need to Buy a Snow Blower?

Do You Really Need to Buy a Snow Blower?

It’s the same every time a big winter storm approaches: the grocery shelves are stripped of food, the liquor store empties out of everything but crème de menthe, and the local hardware store sells out of snow shovels, salt and snow blowers. While the average person can make a pretty good argument justifying the purchase... Read More

Why Your Car Insurance Rates Could Go Up This Year

Auto Loans

Why Your Car Insurance Rates Could Go Up This Year

Why Your Car Insurance Rates Could Go Up This Year

Lower gas prices equals more road traffic equals more car crashes equals more insurance claims equals higher premiums. That’s the not-so-short story of why your car insurance rates could go up this year, but let’s break it down. Gas prices in 2015 were substantially lower than prices throughout both 2014 and 2013, according to AAA, and... Read More

New Study Finds Your Debt Could Be Hurting Your Kids

Managing Debt

New Study Finds Your Debt Could Be Hurting Your Kids

New Study Finds Your Debt Could Be Hurting Your Kids

Certain types of debt may be hurting your kids, a new study shows. Researchers at Dartmouth and the University of Wisconsin at Madison found that children whose parents had higher levels of mortgage and student debt fared better emotionally and behaviorally than children whose parents had higher unsecured debt (i.e. credit cards, medical debt, payday loans). The results... Read More

Help! I Just Got My Holiday Credit Card Bills

Managing Debt

Help! I Just Got My Holiday Credit Card Bills

Help! I Just Got My Holiday Credit Card Bills

Right about now our dreaded holiday credit card bills are arriving in the mail. As we open each bill, we may be asking “Why did I spend so much?” While the answer may be somewhere between guilt, obligation and lack of planning, the most important thing to remember is not to panic. Although it’s in... Read More

How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

Identity Theft

How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

It was not very long ago that information shared with your doctor was sacrosanct, at the same remove from exposure as utterances made under the protection of an attorney-client relationship or pillow talk in a spousal bed. That may no longer be the case — and the fallout could be life-threatening. Unless you are living... Read More

The Worst Passwords of 2015

Identity Theft

The Worst Passwords of 2015

The Worst Passwords of 2015

Despite all of the data breaches and scams that have proliferated over the last few years, we sure love our bad passwords. For the fifth year in a row, “123456” and “password” topped password manager provider SplashData’s annual “worst passwords” list. Its latest version was compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords mostly held by users in... Read More

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