What a Debt Collector’s Day Is Really Like

Managing Debt

What a Debt Collector’s Day Is Really Like

What a Debt Collector’s Day Is Really Like

When I saw the recent New York Times article “A Debt Collector’s Day,” I was obviously intrigued to read it. Having worked nearly 4,000 days as a debt collector, I was looking forward to reading an article that actually depicted what we do for a living so readers would get a glimpse at what a… Read More

I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

Personal Finance

I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

A Seattle woman took the DIY-wedding trend to a new level when she handmade her wedding dress for all of $30 — while riding the bus to work. Chi Krneta’s mom taught her to sew when she was a teenager, and making clothes has been a hobby of hers ever since. When she started planning… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Car Insurance

Auto Loans

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Car Insurance

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Car Insurance

Insurance is an anomaly among commodities; it’s one purchase that we hope we never have to use. But car insurance is a mandated purchase almost everywhere, and with good reason; if your vehicle were to be stolen, vandalized or in an accident, you could be at risk for huge financial burdens if faced with covering… Read More

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

Identity Theft

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

As a few cases of Ebola have reached the U.S., people are worrying about their exposure to the deadly disease and what they can do to avoid it. Among the plethora of helpful information out there on Ebola (as well as plenty of unhelpful content), drugs claiming to cure Ebola have started to appear, aimed… Read More

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

Identity Theft

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

Kmart announced Oct. 10 its information technology team detected a data breach of stores’ payment systems, compromising an unknown number of customer credit and debit cards. At this time, there aren’t many details available on the breach — Kmart’s team only detected it the day prior to its announcement, according to a company news release… Read More

Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

Personal Finance

Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

You have a steady job, but when it comes to paying the bills, you feel like you’re living paycheck to paycheck — what’s up with that? “I think there are a lot of people out there who feel that way,” said Kendra Hudson, a certified financial planner at Woodward Advisors in North Carolina. “It’s true… Read More

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

Credit Score

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

Here’s one of the tricky things about credit scores: They’re about more than credit. Sure, it’s extremely important to make loan payments on time and use credit cards responsibly, but there are plenty of non-credit things that can do serious damage to your scores, potentially making it more difficult to get loans at an affordable… Read More

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

Managing Debt

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A Washington state mom owes nearly $700 after bouncing a $30 check for her children’s school lunches, Reuters reported Oct. 3. North Thurston High School officials in Lacey, Wash., sent the unpaid amount to a debt collection agency months after the check failed to clear Christina Johnson-Conley’s account, though the school had sent Johnson-Conley multiple… Read More

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

Personal Finance

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

Getting a new home — whether you decide to buy or rent is a big choice. If doing so requires moving to a new town, the decision may be even more difficult. Packing up and leaving an old home behind can be labor-intensive and expensive. Some of your moving bills should and can be trimmed. If you… Read More

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Identity Theft

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Put yourself inside the mind of a cyber-criminal for a moment. You could try to hack businesses based in any country in the world and steal their customers’ credit card information, so where would be the best place to commit your crime? If you are smart, you will try to penetrate the most vulnerable security systems. Unfortunately for Americans, the weakest links… Read More

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