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Use your Library to Live Light and Save

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By Debra L. Karplus Libraries have changed greatly over the past few decades. No longer are they sterile places that only have books to borrow and where one must be silent. When was the last time you heard a librarian say ‘shhhhh’ to a patron? Many of today’s libraries have become gathering places for families and friends to enjoy a ... Read More »

    What’s Eating your House?

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    What’s Eating your House? Detecting and Deterring Destructive Household Pests By Debra L. Karplus You’ve been away on vacation and are headed home. You drive onto your street only to find that your house is gone. Wake up; it’s just a bad dream. But allowing household pests to nibble away at your home is a slower route to a disappearing ... Read More »

      Overture to Olive Oil in the Kitchen

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      By Debra L. Karplus A cartoon favorite since the 1930s, Popeye popped spinach by the can into his mouth as he wooed his love interest, Olive Oyl. Olive was energetic with a slim build. Perhaps her stamina, vitality, and good health were the result of incorporating olive oil, her namesake, into her diet. She may have even kept her skin ... Read More »

        Is the Cheapest The Most Frugal?

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        It’s a pleasant fact of modern life that battery-powered tools are quite capable of handling most routine construction, improvement, or home repair projects. The tools are available across a wide range of price points, but unfortunately the cheapest models are manufactured in that international bastion of quality, namely China. If used occasionally, the tools will hold up for years, but ... Read More »

          The Great Diaper Debate

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          The Great Diaper Debate Cloth or Disposable Diapers Which is the most Cost Effective for Your Baby? By Debra L. Karplus The Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) estimates that nearly four million babies are born annually in the United States. You may be the parents expecting your first baby, or maybe your second or third. You already know that there ... Read More »

            You have the right to request your consumer reports

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            Jan 27 2016 By Jonah Kaplan Like many consumers, you may be aware that a credit report provides you with a useful summary of your credit history. What you may not be aware of is where and how to actually request your credit report, and what your rights are with your consumer reports. Every year, we update and publish a ... Read More »

              Consumer Credit Card Debt Not the Biggest Problem in 2015

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              This morning, New York Fed President William Dudley spoke to the press about the growing resilience of the U.S. household sector. His speech was followed by a briefing by New York Fed economists on developments in household borrowing. Their presentation included a detailed decomposition on mortgage borrowing and payment trends, and some new research on how borrowing has evolved differently ... Read More »

                End-of-Life Planning Everyone Needs to Do

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                Whether you’re a baby boomer or part of another generation, sooner or later your days on earth will come to an end. And, much as we’d like to ignore that, we do our families a disservice when we don’t do some end-of-life planning. End-of-life planning not only includes advanced healthcare planning, but also other legal issues that become relevant at ... Read More »

                  UK Personal Finance and Credit/Credit Scoring Questions

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                  In the 29 years I have been assisting people with their finances, and doing financial counselling, I have been asked quite a few questions over those years. There are a few that are reoccurring, and worthy of addressing here. One question I get is: Why after my car or house is repossessed, do I still owe the bank money? The ... Read More »

                    Is There a Private Student Loan Consolidation Program to Lower My Interest? – Adam

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                    Question: Dear Steve, I have about 96,000 in PRIVATE student loan debt. I got off to a rough start with payments when I graduated in 2011 but since late 2012 I have been paying faithfully and haven’t made a dent in the balance. I have written numerous times to Wells Fargo, Navient (first Sallie Mae) and AES (previously Chase) to ... Read More »

                      Can My Physicians Assistant Husband Find Any Help for His Student Loans? – Tammy

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                      Question: Dear Steve, In our case have very low interest rates therefor we are able to pay each of the student loans in full payments every month. By the way my husband is a physicians assistant which as you know is 6 years of school so therefor we have 6 yrs of debt. The federal government loans are the ones ... Read More »

                        How Can I Hide From the Student Loan Collector?

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                        Question: Dear Steve, I went to college from 1994-2001 with a break from 1994-1997 for a religious mission. I studied electrical engineering but they kept changing my course requirements and I did an internship I didn’t enjoy, and it was 2001, so my final semester was basically 911. I tried to pay but I have just lost my job every ... Read More »

                          I’m Taking Care of My Sick Father and Thinking of Bankruptcy

                          Question: Dear Steve, I am a 35 year old mother of 2. I currently have an MBA but haven’t been using the degree at work because I take care of my ill father part-time and work-part time at a bank. Currently I owe $89,000 on my house, $38,000 in federal student loans and $36,000 in credit cards. My question is- ... Read More »

                            I Stopped Paying My Daughter’s Cosigned Navient Student Loan. – Rosie

                            Question: Dear Steve, Hi Steve, I co-signed my daughter’s student loans which she and her husband stopped paying because Navient was asking for $1,100 a month (he lost the overtime advantage he was using to pay back the student loans) and all I could help towards that was $200. My daughter directed me to your site and we decided to ... Read More »

                              I Thought My Art Institute Student Loans Were Eliminated in My Bankruptcy? – Stephanie

                              Question: Dear Steve, I went to the Art Institute of California for video production. I graduated in December of 2009. Due to life I had not been able to pay my loans. The went from being 54,000 when I graduated to over a 120,000 last year. Most of the loans were private and I got them discharged in bankruptcy at ... Read More »

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