10 Fun Money Reads to Take to the Beach

June 14, 2018

Whether you’re planning to spend a week in a lounger by the pool, or are jetting off to the beach for sun, sea, and serious relaxation, taking a book is a smart way to pass the time while soaking up those rays. And so often in life, we never find the time to educate ourselves on something that really matters: our money. When we’re in control of it, we have…

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Ask the Readers: Do You Enjoy Gardening?

June 14, 2018

Cultivating a garden is a great way to spend time outdoors — and if you grow edible plants, it’s also an excellent way to save money on groceries. Do you enjoy gardening? What do you like most about this activity? What do you think is the most challenging part of gardening? What tips would you give someone who would like to start a garden? Tell us whether you enjoy gardening…

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10 Pointless Fees That Are Sabotaging Your Budget

June 14, 2018

When I read the word “fee,” what I see is, “something you should have avoided paying.” No one likes to pay fees, fines, service charges, or anything that sounds remotely like a penalty. While some fees are unavoidable — try taking a flight without paying the Passenger Civil Aviation Security Service Fee — there are plenty that you can sidestep by calling to complain, avoiding certain behaviors, or switching providers….

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Would You Take a Payday Loan from Octomom?

June 26, 2016

Prev1 of 3Next Since she spawned her way onto the public stage in 2009, “Octomom” Nadya Suleman has worn a lot of hats — among other things, she’s become the poster child for in-vitro fertilization, a relentless self-promoter, a high-profile stripper, reality TV star, and America’s preeminent expert in diaper changing. Now, she wants to establish herself as America’s most fecund financial adviser as a shill for OctoLoan, a payday…

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Save a Bundle on Back-to-School with Sales Tax Holidays

June 17, 2016

When times are tough, every penny counts. That’s why shoppers look forward to what has become an annual summer ritual in many states: the chance to avoid sales tax on certain purchases. Most of the tax holidays are slated to take place in late July or during August. To get a list of tax holiday dates, check out this list from the Federation of Tax Administrators. But if your state…

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Where to Find Savings Account Interest Rates Your Bank Can’t Touch

June 8, 2016

Low interest rates may be great for borrowers, but they’re terrible for savers. According to Bankrate.com, the average money market account pays just 0.46% in annual interest while the average interest-bearing checking account pays just 0.56%. For those keeping score at home, that’s less than one penny a year in interest for every dollar saved. Some big-name banks are paying even less. JPMorgan Chase (JPM), under pressure for nearly $6…

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Don’t Let Divorce Destroy You at Tax Time

May 30, 2016

Divorce is one of the hardest things you may ever go through — both emotionally and financially. But while you’re focused on your now-adversarial relationship with your ex, you shouldn’t forget to keep an eye on another entity that may be after a larger chunk of your assets thanks to your split: The IRS. Turns out, divorce has a huge impact on your taxes, and knowing what’s at stake can…

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Pop Quiz: Is America Still the Land of Economic Opportunity?

May 18, 2016

“Moving on up” is a fundamental part of America’s identity, but for many members of the middle class, the path from rags to riches is getting harder to navigate. To gauge the state of American promise, we dug into the numbers: Take our quiz to find out if American hope lives up to American hype. Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail…

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Family Finds $3 Million Worth of Classic Baseball Cards in Grandpa’s Attic

May 12, 2016

Prev1 of 5Next You’ve heard about garage sale Picassos. Now it’s time to introduce attic Ty Cobbs. An Ohio family rummaging through the attic of a long-deceased grandfather stumbled across a century-old collection of baseball cards. The 700 cards — bundled in twine, but in surprisingly mint condition — belonged to Carl Hench, a meat market owner who lived in Defiance, Ohio, until he died in the 1940s. His home…

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7 People-to-People Apps That’ll Save You Money — If You’re Willing to Share

May 9, 2016

By Elizabeth Whittlesey Welcome to the new “collaborative consumer economy.” The recent debut of start-up app SideCar highlighted a growing trend that’s taking the technology world by storm. SideCar, developed by entrepreneur Sunil Paul and backed by investors such as Zynga (ZNGA) CEO Mark Pincus, is just the latest example of a growing number of ride-sharing services accessible by smartphone, joining the ranks of similar apps such as Uber, Lyft,…

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