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5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

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You love hanging out with some compatible friends or families and you both love to vacation. Why not go on a joint vacation? It can be tricky to navigate trip-planning and financing with others, but you also have the potential to enhance your experience and even save some money. Communication is obviously key to a successful joint vacation, but here ... Read More »

    Should You Keep Donating to Charity if You’re Broke?

    To get the real answers, do the math and listen to what it has to say. Math does not lie.

    As chairman of, I answer many reader questions about money. However, those questions often involve…love. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows that couples fight often about money. I’d guess that half my questions fall into this category. Here’s one I just received the other day: Question: My wife and I are finally trying to buckle down and fix out ... Read More »

      Florida Man Allegedly Memorized Credit Card Numbers to Commit Fraud

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      An Orlando-area homeless man is accused of using stolen credit card information to stay at a number of hotels, including Disney World resorts, reports FOX 35 Orlando. Investigators say Jeffrey Hawkins, 52, is skilled at memorizing credit card numbers and recalls that information to book his stays. He was charged for similar schemes in 2010 and 2012. The situations in ... Read More »

        Parents: How to Start Planning for College

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        Too many parents make the mistake of waiting until the fall of their child’s senior year to start thinking about college. However, by waiting, your child could miss out on a number of opportunities that could end up costing your family thousands of dollars in missed financial aid and scholarships. Ideally, you should have started planning at the start of ... Read More »

          10 States With Stubbornly High Foreclosure Rates

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          Foreclosure activity in the U.S. was at an eight-year low in the first quarter of 2015, despite an increase in activity in March, according to the most recent foreclosure report from real estate data company RealtyTrac. The number of residential properties with a foreclosure filing — default notice, scheduled auction or bank repossession — decreased about 8% from the first ... Read More »

            How Your Budget Can Help You Build Credit

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            The building blocks of a healthy financial life are all tied to your budget — how much money is coming in, going out and where is it being used? Answering those questions and creating a budget that works for you can have a ripple effect on the rest of your finances. Specifically, a good budget can help you maintain of ... Read More »

              Reducing the Cost of Attending an Out of Town Wedding

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              You knew your best friend’s son was getting married, but when the “Save the Date” card arrived, it was a reminder to make plans to attend. According to the Huffington Post (May 2013), it costs about $ 539 per guest to attend a wedding for clothes, gift, and incidentals. But you live in Springfield, Illinois and this wedding is in ... Read More »

                12 Ways Tulle Can Reduce the Cost of Your Wedding

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                You’re over budget. Your summer wedding is around the corner. Staying within a budget is stressful, and decorating is costly. What can you do? You need a helpful, economical plan. Curb the worries by incorporating tulle, a great decorating resource that’s been around for years. DIY brides love its versatility and value. Even for the novice decorator, tulle is easy ... Read More »

                  11 States Where Employers Can’t Check Your Credit

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                  In most of the country, a potential employer can review your credit report when evaluating you for a job you applied for, and it’s a very controversial practice, to say the least. There’s a growing movement to restrict these credit checks, and on May 6, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law preventing most employers from requesting ... Read More »

                    How I Kicked My Fast Food Habit & Saved Big Bucks


                    For Eddie Vidmar, fast food wasn’t just an occasional splurge, but rather a way of life. “The convenience of driving to the window and getting my dinner was often too hard to pass up. No clean-up, no dishes…. just eat your food and toss the garbage,” he says. “What I should have done was realized sooner that the food itself was ... Read More »

                      5 Steps to Buying a Home After Bankruptcy

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                      In the past decade, the American Dream of owning a home has become more like the American Nightmare. With more than 7 million homes foreclosed over the past eight years and unemployment hitting record levels, buying a house has been the last thing on people’s minds. To make matters worse, perhaps you have had to file for bankruptcy and believe ... Read More »

                        The Student Loan Realities We Can’t Ignore Anymore


                        An alternate view on student-loan payment performance data is challenging the prevailing narrative that tends to greatly downplay the problem. In his recent Wall Street Journal column, Josh Mitchell correctly observes that after accounting for the fact that only half of all student loans are actually in repayment (the other half are deferred because the borrowers are still in school), ... Read More »

                          Beth’s Story: Can a Balance Transfer Help Me Get Out of Debt?

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                          This is part two of my series about Beth, who is dealing with unaffordable credit card bills. In part one, I shared her detailed reader question, and I didn’t know her personal debt relief quest would turn into an online mini-book. In the first installment, I covered why consolidating credit cards without a dependable income is often not a good ... Read More »

                            8 Credit Cards With Freebies

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                            People like receiving perks. Credit card issuers know this, and they offer all sorts of gifts and benefits to attract new customers in an extremely competitive credit card marketplace. Whenever you’re shopping for a credit card, you should thoroughly read the terms and conditions to make sure you’re comfortable with the terms. Your credit score will impact the interest rate ... Read More »

                              How to Prepare for a Baby on a Tight Budget


                              I can’t help but roll my eyes every time I hear someone lament about how expensive it is to have a baby. Yes, it can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Babies need a lot, but that doesn’t mean you have to go drop a few grand on all the fanciest baby gear the minute that little white stick ... Read More »

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