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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

How to Freeze Your Spending Now to Save for the Holidays

How to Freeze Your Spending Now to Save for the Holidays

How to Freeze Your Spending Now to Save for the Holidays

Editor’s Note: 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’re all aware that “the most wonderful time of the year” is also typically… Read More

5 Tips for Writing Your Own Will

5 Tips for Writing Your Own Will

5 Tips for Writing Your Own Will

Thinking about your death may seem morbid, but planning ahead can help you rest assured your finances will be in place for those you leave behind when the time does come … eventually. As unpleasant as it may seem, planning your estate now will ensure you have a say in what happens to your assets…. Read More

How to Put Your Finances First

How to Put Your Finances First

How to Put Your Finances First

Money can’t buy happiness, right? But it can buy experiences that make us happy. So it’s easy to rationalize not letting cost hold us back when we decide what to spend on. And then we find out our supposed happiness is making us broke. It’s so much more fun to dream of the next vacation or electronic device than… Read More

6 Ways to Make Some Extra Cash

6 Ways to Make Some Extra Cash

6 Ways to Make Some Extra Cash

There are times in your life you may be looking to bring in some extra money on top of your regular salary. Or maybe you don’t have a regular salary. Perhaps you are always looking for more money! Whether you are trying to fund a weekend getaway or save a bundle to put toward your… Read More

Is Dental Insurance Worth It?

Is Dental Insurance Worth It?

Is Dental Insurance Worth It?

You need medical insurance, if only to protect against the cost of an accident or illness so expensive that you could be ruined financially. But do you really need dental insurance? It’s an interesting question, because you can avoid the most likely causes and expenses of dental problems, decay and gum disease, by brushing your teeth and flossing… Read More

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