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12 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel

12 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel

12 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel

If going home for the holidays, or escaping from home, for that matter, is a part of your plan, you may think it’s too late to score a deal. After all, aren’t we always told to book in advance for the best prices? While it can be easier to find deals if you have more… Read More

How I Got Off My Parents’ Car Insurance

How I Got Off My Parents’ Car Insurance

How I Got Off My Parents’ Car Insurance

I am a lucky girl. Throughout high school and college, my parents kept me on their car insurance policy. I was an expensive item to add! I kept the cost as low as possible by earning the good student discount, driving a 14-year-old Subaru, never having a speeding ticket and being born a girl. However,… Read More

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

Sometimes it can seem like money is disappearing right before your eyes. This is not magic — this is because the world is full of tricks, traps and opportunities to waste your hard-earned money. To start saving and stop wasting, consider cutting back on these five avoidable expenses. 1. Avoid Bank & Credit Card Fees Sometimes you need… Read More

How to Budget When You Don’t Have a Steady Income

How to Budget When You Don’t Have a Steady Income

How to Budget When You Don’t Have a Steady Income

For some, the days are gone when they could count on a steady income to pay the bills each month. In fact, I see more and more people trying to get ahead each month working multiple jobs, freelancing or owning their own business. Whether you work on commission, have irregular working hours or are a… Read More

When Credit Reports Knew the Color of Your Wedding Dress

When Credit Reports Knew the Color of Your Wedding Dress

When Credit Reports Knew the Color of Your Wedding Dress

If you think that credit reporting agencies know and share too much about you now, you’d be shocked to learn what could have been in your credit reports 35 years ago. “Wedding announcements (including the color of the bride’s dress), promotions, arrest records, real estate transactions, anything that appeared in the newspaper” could have wound… Read More

7 Things You Didn’t Know Could Expire — But They Do

7 Things You Didn’t Know Could Expire — But They Do

7 Things You Didn’t Know Could Expire — But They Do

All good things must come to an end. That applies to you and probably a lot of the stuff filling your home. While stocking up can seem like a smart move, not everything can be stored indefinitely. 1. Cleaning Products How many of you have ancient cleaning supplies buried under your sink? It’s OK. You can… Read More

What to Do If You’re Still Underwater on Your Mortgage

What to Do If You’re Still Underwater on Your Mortgage

What to Do If You’re Still Underwater on Your Mortgage

Deciding how much mortgage you can afford can have some major consequences if it turns out you were wrong. If your mortgage bills are piling up faster than you can pay them and your house isn’t worth what you owe, you may be thinking of scary scenarios like losing your home through foreclosure, or a plunging credit score. You… Read More

10 Strategies to Save Big Bucks at Amazon

10 Strategies to Save Big Bucks at Amazon

10 Strategies to Save Big Bucks at Amazon

What’s not to love about Amazon? OK, I am sure someone can tell me why they don’t love Amazon, but I’ll be the first to raise my hand and say I’m a fan. In fact, thanks to Amazon, my husband and I did 99% of our Christmas shopping for the kids last year while sitting… Read More

Sirius XM Refunding Customers Who Were Automatically Renewed

Sirius XM Refunding Customers Who Were Automatically Renewed

Sirius XM Refunding Customers Who Were Automatically Renewed

Last year, I reported on Sirius XM’s business practice of pushing customers into contracts that would automatically renew. In my case, the firm simply refused to allow me to sign up without agreeing to automatic renewal, which I hate. I had experienced surprise renewals from them in the past. So I canceled. Apparently, I wasn’t the only… Read More

4 Strategies to Help You Retire Early

4 Strategies to Help You Retire Early

4 Strategies to Help You Retire Early

If you want to retire well in advance of what is considered normal, there is only one thing you need: lots of time. Let me explain… The common saying is that “time is money,” but even more important than that is the fact that money is time. The more money you have, the more time you… Read More

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