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America’s Favorite Banks

America’s Favorite Banks

America’s Favorite Banks

Americans’ satisfaction with their banking services has improved significantly during the past few years, but banks are struggling to meet the needs of young people, minorities and the affluent. Midsize banks are having a particularly difficult time pleasing these consumer groups, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. The disconnect stems from poor… Read More

6 Items You Should Consider Buying Used

6 Items You Should Consider Buying Used

6 Items You Should Consider Buying Used

Tightening your budget doesn’t have to mean cutting out the things you need or even want. Thrift shops, garage or yard sales, online resources, flea markets and pawnshops are great sources of savings. Turning to these options can bring you the most value for your dollar because there are some things that most people simply… Read More

9 Ways to Eat for Free

9 Ways to Eat for Free

9 Ways to Eat for Free

Getting your vitamin C is going to cost a little more this year. National Geographic reports that the price of Florida citrus is expected to rise nearly 23 percent from what it was last May. You’ll probably pay more for pork, beef, and for other fruits and vegetables, too. With rising prices putting a bigger strain on your grocery… Read More

How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

Do what you love and the money will come, it’s often said. And it’s often true. But if you’re already committed to a boring full-time job, you likely can’t see how to make the transition. In fact, the idea seems so farfetched that each year many head straight into the work force from high school or… Read More

I’m a Professor Who Used to Live on Food Stamps

I’m a Professor Who Used to Live on Food Stamps

I’m a Professor Who Used to Live on Food Stamps

When I was 11, I frequently dreamt that my parents won the lottery. This was despite the fact they rarely played, because we didn’t have money for “that kind of crap,” as my dad would say. Still, they bought tickets every now and then, usually when the jackpot was extraordinarily high, or when I pestered… Read More

5 Ways to Save Money on a Gluten-Free Diet

5 Ways to Save Money on a Gluten-Free Diet

5 Ways to Save Money on a Gluten-Free Diet

Almost three years ago, I gave up foods with gluten. I wasn’t diagnosed with celiac disease, but I had heard that gluten could be triggering my migraine headaches, so I gave it a shot. It didn’t do much for my headaches, unfortunately, but I felt much better overall, and as a result decided to ditch… Read More

America’s Favorite Budget Hotels

America’s Favorite Budget Hotels

America’s Favorite Budget Hotels

Traveling and frugality are often at odds with each other. As much as you want to get away, planning a trip can quickly become stressful as you search for affordable options. Everyone wants to save money, but few people want to stay in a dumpy motel. It’s difficult to determine a hotel’s quality based on… Read More

5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

If you’re a parent, summertime can mean trips to the beach (along with parking fees, ice cream runs, boardwalk arcade games, funnel cakes, cotton candy, gaily painted hermit crabs, etc.), setting up camp on some far-away stunning vista (and all the must-have sundries and amenities) and, of course, hours of mindless — not necessarily inexpensive… Read More

I Went Into Debt to Look Like Kim Kardashian

I Went Into Debt to Look Like Kim Kardashian

I Went Into Debt to Look Like Kim Kardashian

Getting paid to impersonate Kim Kardashian is apparently not enough to pay for all the surgery it takes to look like her in the first place. Claire Leeson, a 24-year-old Londoner, knows this from experience, Metro reports, but she doesn’t seem too bothered by the collectors hounding her for the $30,000 of credit card debt… Read More

8 Celebrities Who Live on a Budget

8 Celebrities Who Live on a Budget

8 Celebrities Who Live on a Budget

Keira Knightly made waves when she recently told Glamour magazine that she gives herself an allowance of just $50,000 a year. The actress reportedly has a net worth of $50 million (remember all those Pirates of the Caribbean films?). “I think living an [expensive] lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle,”… Read More

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