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How Our Holiday #SpendingFreeze Is Going: Week 1

How Our Holiday #SpendingFreeze Is Going: Week 1

How Our Holiday #SpendingFreeze Is Going: Week 1

Inspired by this article, several Credit.com staffers are tracking their own personal spending freeze on social media. You can follow their progress as they stop spending and start preparing for the holidays using the hashtag #spendingfreeze on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also be updating our readers weekly with our insights and struggles on the blog —… Read More

I Made My Own Wedding Dress for $30

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

Why You Feel Like You’re Broke

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

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

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

11 Hidden Perks at Your Local Pharmacy

11 Hidden Perks at Your Local Pharmacy

11 Hidden Perks at Your Local Pharmacy

Think pharmacies are only about antibiotics and condoms? Think again. You can get vaccinations, blood pressure readings, specially packaged medications and many other perks. In some cities you can even see a doctor in the drugstore. How convenient is that if it turns out you need a prescription? Here’s an all-too-typical scenario: Your child wakes… Read More

The Most Ticketed Cars

The Most Ticketed Cars

The Most Ticketed Cars

There are all sorts of theories about which cars police officers are most likely to pull over, but cars aren’t breaking speed limits — drivers are. Rather than being cop magnets, certain cars get labeled as ticket targets because of the drivers they tend to attract: fast ones. On Insurance.com’s list of cars that get the… Read More

5 Reasons to Get Renters Insurance

5 Reasons to Get Renters Insurance

5 Reasons to Get Renters Insurance

When you are deciding whether you want to buy or rent a home, it’s important to factor in all the costs. This includes insurance. While homeowners insurance is often required when you own and merely suggested when you rent, it is a valuable tool no matter which situation you are in. For renters it’s a… Read More

The Priciest Neighborhoods for Renters

The Priciest Neighborhoods for Renters

The Priciest Neighborhoods for Renters

If you’re looking for an affordable place to rent, the number of bedrooms is only one factor in price. In fact, location is going to have a massive impact on your rent payment. It’s no secret rent is high in some of the country’s largest cities, but prices vary widely: New York City is generally… Read More

The Wealthiest Americans Are Giving Less to Charity

The Wealthiest Americans Are Giving Less to Charity

The Wealthiest Americans Are Giving Less to Charity

Americans gave more to charities in 2012 than they did in 2006, which is great news for nonprofits, but a closer look at people’s generosity shows a puzzling — and somewhat upsetting — shift in behavior. The Chronicle of Philanthropy analyzed data from the Internal Revenue Service for donation figures and noted the trend in… Read More

AT&T May Owe You a Refund for Bogus Charges

AT&T May Owe You a Refund for Bogus Charges

AT&T May Owe You a Refund for Bogus Charges

It’s one of the more cynical gotchas consumers face, and finally, a big mobile phone company is paying the price. AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million to settle charges that it enabled, and profited from, massive phone bill cramming.   In cramming, consumers unknowingly signed up for useless text-message services and other products that around… Read More

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