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Don’t Expect a Big Raise This Year: Ask for These Perks Instead

By Jeffrey Strain Getting a raise at work continues to be difficult, and it doesn’t appear that it’s going to be any easier in the next few years. According to the April edition of the quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics (NABE), nearly 80% of the seventy-two businesses which participated in the […]

Your Thirties Can Kill Your Finances

By Jennifer Derrick When it comes to living dangerously with your finances, it seems as though your thirties are the most dangerous decade. Obviously you have to be mindful of your money habits throughout your life because it’s possible to screw up with you’re very young and very old, but special care should be given […]

Fun, Cheap and Effective Methods of Growing Your Business

By Vanessa Contributor: TheDisplayOutlet.com Don’t believe what a lot of the marketing gurus and “experts” tell you about how much cash it takes to actually build your business – because although there are some very expensive marketing methods which do get the results there are also plenty of inexpensive things you can do to assist […]

Go Ahead and Be a Sellout

By Jennifer Derrick A long time ago I had high artistic ideals. I wanted my work to change the world, to bring awareness to important issues, and to be “great.” That lasted until I was out of college. That’s when I realized that I had to eat, pay rent, and fill up my gas tank. […]

The 25 Worst Jobs in the US for 2014

By Jeffrey Strain What are the worst jobs in the US for 2014? You might be surprised. Chances are if you think of jobs you would hate to do, you can come up with a list fairly quickly that you would think should make the list. The list of the worst jobs in 2014, provided […]

The Good News About College Costs

By Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett (Next Avenue Contributors) “College costs rise again” is a headline we’ve all seen on a regular basis over the past couple of decades. “A residential four-year degree can set you back as much as $60,000 a year,” warns The Economist in a recent issue. These types of declarations are […]

Cashless toll roads and rental cars: 6 tips

By Melody Warnick The advent of electronic-toll highways was designed to make traveling down toll roads easier for harried drivers. Goodbye brake lights, lines of cars and fumbling for coins, hello electronic transponders and license plate-readers. But if you’re in a rental car in an unfamiliar city, driving on an e-toll road with no cash […]

7 signs you need to cash in your rewards – now!

By Tony Mecia Some people collect baseball cards. Others favor classic cars or coins. But one item you should not hoard, experts say, is credit-card reward points. It can be tempting to stockpile reward points and envision a far-flung, luxurious vacation someday, paid for with the trove of airline frequent-flier miles and hotel points you’ve […]

The ridiculously simple way to save on everything

By Charles Passy George Costanza has nothing on me. Sure, the hapless “Seinfeld” character (played by Jason Alexander) may have gained a measure of fame — or infamy, depending on how you view it — for his “double dipping .” But I’m a quadruple-down kinda guy myself. Costanza was literally diving his hand into the […]

5 Ways to Save More Money This Spring

By Anisha Sekar Whether you’re saving for that summer vacation or still recovering from big spending over the winter holidays, spring is the perfect time to reassess your finances. You’re already doing your taxes, so you probably have money on your mind anyway. Save some extra cash this spring by heeding the following tips. 1. […]

Secure, or not? Assess the risk before sending credit card info

By Cynthia Drake Before you send your credit card information online, over the phone or by mail, it helps to think like a hacker. The next time you’re about to share your credit card number, put on a robber’s raccoon mask and think about it: Where are the potential breach spots along the path your […]

10 Ways to Save Money on Easter

By Danielle Warchol Like most holidays, preparing for Easter can put a dent into your budget if you aren’t careful. If you have children, you probably know that buying new clothes, gifts, or other Easter accessories adds up very quickly, and can cause unexpected stress to your monthly budget. Here are a few ways to […]

Gas Prices Continue to Climb toward $4 a Gallon: Ways to Save Money

By Jeffrey Strain The price of gasoline continues to rise, reaching an average of $3.61 a gallon this week, up almost 5 cents from last week according to the most recent gas survey from Lundberg Survey Inc. This is the highest that gas has been since July 26, 2013, although the average price is about […]

How Some are getting Paid to Lose Weight

By Jeffrey Strain Would you be willing to put money where your mouth is and bet that you could lose a certain amount of weight over a certain amount of time? If money is a motivating factor to help you accomplish goals you want to achieve, then the social dieting website DietBet may be exactly […]

5 Personal Finance Tips for Single Parents

By Sienna Beard Being a single parent can be particularly scary because your children usually depend solely on you when it comes to finances. If you lose your job, or worse, get very sick and can’t work, there may not be anyone else to fill your shoes or pay your bills. Being prepared for the […]

10 tips for dealing with debt collectors, collection

By Fred O. Williams It’s something most consumers dread — a debt collector calling to ask about an unpaid credit card debt, past due student loan or medical debt. Consumer credit counselors, debt collectors and state regulators all agree that ignoring debt collectors’ letters and phone calls is a bad idea. Deal with it, they […]

FTC Warns of Timeshare Resale Scams

By Jeffrey Strain If you own a timeshare and have attempted to sell it, you already know that it’s a far more difficult process than you ever imagined it would be. The main issue is that there are far more of these vacation resort units on the market than there are buyers who want them. […]

Is Credit Sesame a Scam or Legit?

By Lori Kelley Your credit score is important for a variety of reasons. This score can have a huge impact on how much you’ll end up paying in interest on loans, sometimes with a difference of tens of thousands of dollar, depending on how good your FICO score is. For that reason, people who are […]

Financial Reasons to Delete Your Facebook Account

By Danielle Warchol For many, Facebook has become the go to website to keep up with friends and family. It has also become much more to a lot of people who spend more and more of their time there. The fact is that for many, Facebook is more of a financial detriment than it is […]

Too late for a refund? Return assistance programs may help

By Lisa Bertagnoli An extra blanket at the foot of the bed or a second application of sunscreen — that’s how credit card companies want consumers to think of return assistance programs. Not the first line of defense, but extra protection should a cardholder want to get a refund on a purchase after the retailer’s […]