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ATMs are arguably the most convenient way to get cash, but if you’re not paying attention, that convenience can take a serious toll on your bank account. Unless you’re using a machine in your financial institution’s network, it costs an average of $4.52 to withdraw cash from an ATM, according to Bankrate’s latest report on... Read More
“They called her a pig.” Every legend has its origin myth, and I was lucky enough to hear Ralph Nader’s myth recently. It might as well be the origin myth for fairness in modern America. The setting was a speech at the opening of a museum in Connecticut that Nader called the first museum ever... Read More
Q. I used a medical bill advocate to help negotiate health expenses, and they saved me thousands. Is there a similar service for credit card and student loan debt? Due to my medical expenses and job loss, I put my student loan on forbearance several times and made minimum payments on my credit card. I... Read More
College: a time of new beginnings, exciting opportunities, and often first-time responsibilities. Sometimes, the overwhelming school, work, internship and/or social load can mean important things like finances don’t get enough attention. While you may be focusing on midterm exams and Halloween parties, now is a great time to take a break and look at where... Read More
A few years ago, I was invited, along with a group of my friends, to a party at a waterfront mansion here in Fort Lauderdale. The house featured two elevators, about 20,000 square feet and a living room that resembled an upscale hotel lobby. As we stood in a small group marveling at a side... Read More
As kids planning our suburban trick-or-treat route, my friends, siblings and I knew where we needed to go: The Big Houses. Those were the ones with full-size candy bars (and most certainly not popcorn balls or wrapped pennies). It wasn’t foolproof — sometimes the owners of The Big Houses weren’t home on Halloween, or they... Read More
After the cake has been wrapped up, the champagne popped and the chicken-or-fish dinner eaten, most wedding guests get a thank you note in the mail. But one guest recently got a bill instead. Jessica Baker and her husband were planning on going and RSVP’d to a no-kids-allowed wedding a few weeks ago, but Baker’s... Read More
There’s nothing I would love better than to sit down and tell my three boys all the right things do about money. Unfortunately, just as is the case with every other lesson we provide, kids learn more from what we do than what we say. My boys are no exception to this. If our words... Read More
I started working early enough that I had to go to my high school’s office and get a work permit, which I can only assume was to confirm that I wasn’t being forced into child labor. Most businesses wouldn’t hire anyone younger than 16, but finally I found a job at a coffee shop that... Read More
I vividly remember the first time I learned I had a migraine. I was in my early 20s and had gone in with what I thought was a sinus headache. I had felt terrible for a few days, and figured I had a sinus infection. After spending a few minutes with me, my physician told... Read More
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