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3 Calls You Should Make Before Heading Abroad

3 Calls You Should Make Before Heading Abroad

3 Calls You Should Make Before Heading Abroad

So you’ve booked the flight, packed your bags and set your away message. But have you taken the time to ensure your credit card, debit card and cell phone will work abroad? If not, put it on your to-do list, because nothing puts a damper on a vacation quite like not having funds or phone service — or dealing with fraud. Over time,... Read More

The Cities With the Best Memorial Day Hotel Deals

The Cities With the Best Memorial Day Hotel Deals

The Cities With the Best Memorial Day Hotel Deals

It’s the weekend that kicks off summer, but it’s also the kickoff of summer spending. Memorial Day trips can get pretty expensive unless you’re hunting for deals. Priceline.com recently rounded up some of the best hotel deals on Memorial Day travel and the top three come in under $100 — keeping that total hotel bill... Read More

What It Costs to Go to the Kentucky Derby

What It Costs to Go to the Kentucky Derby

What It Costs to Go to the Kentucky Derby

Paying thousands of dollars to see a 2-minute race is, in most situations, an absurd tradeoff. But for the Kentucky Derby, that’s not at all ridiculous. While the main attraction takes just longer than two minutes from start to finish (with two exceptions), going to the Kentucky Derby isn’t so much about a race as... Read More

Will It Now Be Easier to Sue Your Bank?

Will It Now Be Easier to Sue Your Bank?

Will It Now Be Easier to Sue Your Bank?

Federal regulators moved one big step closer Thursday to banning contract language that prohibits consumers from joining class-action lawsuits against corporations. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the ban, opening a 90-day public comment period that’s sure to attract heavy rhetoric from both sides of the issue.... Read More

Can You Be Sued for Texting a Driver?

Can You Be Sued for Texting a Driver?

Can You Be Sued for Texting a Driver?

Text-message senders, beware: U.S. courts are moving ever closer to blaming the sender of a text for car accidents that occur while the recipient is driving and texting back. How could someone be responsible for an accident caused by a driver when they weren’t even in the car? I explored this only-in-the-digital-age notion several years ago in... Read More

How Your Neighbor’s Lack of an Emergency Fund Affects You

How Your Neighbor’s Lack of an Emergency Fund Affects You

How Your Neighbor’s Lack of an Emergency Fund Affects You

It’s hard to overstate the value of emergency funds. They’re what savers tap into when life gives them lemons, and having one can often mean the difference between reaching financial goals and racking up debt. Now a new study from the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on economic and social policy, suggests emergency funds are more than just a... Read More

How a Dead Woman Ended up With Almost $100 Billion in Debt

How a Dead Woman Ended up With Almost $100 Billion in Debt

How a Dead Woman Ended up With Almost $100 Billion in Debt

Banking records show an Illinois woman managed to overdraw her checking account $99,999,999,545.90 — after her funeral, according to a report from ABC Channel 7 Chicago. Sheila Henderson contacted the television station when her deceased mother’s bank account was overdrawn by over $99 billion. The occurrence was shocking to Henderson, who told the ABC affiliate she “wouldn’t even know... Read More

Do Americans Really Like the Big Banks?

Do Americans Really Like the Big Banks?

Do Americans Really Like the Big Banks?

The financial crisis may have given big banks a bad name, but a new study suggests that, well, people may be really starting to like them again. According to an annual J.D. Power retail banking study, big banks significantly improved in overall customer satisfaction in 2016, while midsize banks declined for the first time since 2010 and regional... Read More

5 Romantic Dates That Won’t Break Your Budget

5 Romantic Dates That Won’t Break Your Budget

5 Romantic Dates That Won’t Break Your Budget

Let’s face it, going out to the same restaurant every weekend with your significant other can get a little bit tedious. Traditional dates can often be expensive and dull. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can not only enjoy fun and unique adventures, but you could also keep the spark alive in... Read More

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