Don’t Buy a Flat-Screen TV Today – Wait a Few Weeks
Don’t Buy a Flat-Screen TV Today – Wait a Few Weeks
on October 12, 2010

Here’s some financial advice: You can’t time the stock market, but you can time the flat-screen TV market. We’ll tell you just the right moment to invest in the latest tech – and save hundreds.

Question: How Do I Invest My Kid’s 529 College Savings Plan?
Question: How Do I Invest My Kid’s 529 College Savings Plan?
on October 11, 2010

Whether you’re investing for retirement, college, or just for fun, the way to succeed is not to over-reach. You’ve heard the expression: bulls make money, bears make money and pigs get slaughtered.

Ask Stacy: Should I Apply for a Credit Card to Get a Store Discount?
Ask Stacy: Should I Apply for a Credit Card to Get a Store Discount?
on October 8, 2010

This reader wants to know if applying for a credit card to get a store discount is a good idea. The answer? That depends. There are 3 reasons you shouldn’t apply for store credit cards – and 3 you should.

My 10 Dumbest Money Moves – And How You Can Avoid Them
My 10 Dumbest Money Moves – And How You Can Avoid Them
on October 8, 2010

Most of what I’ve learned about money I didn’t learn in books, or by being a CPA, stock broker, or financial reporter. I learned it the hard way – by making stupid decisions and missing major opportunities. Here are mistakes I’ve made and you should avoid.

Are Your Friends Costing You?
Are Your Friends Costing You?
on October 6, 2010

Is dinner with friends eating up your budget? Are drinks with coworkers drying up your disposable income? Here’s what do to when your friends are keeping you from your financial goals.

How to Replace Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed Personal Paperwork
How to Replace Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed Personal Paperwork
on October 6, 2010

A comprehensive list of what to do and where to go to replace everything from your drivers license to your birth certificate.

Feds Sue, Settle with Credit Card Companies – How it Affects You
Feds Sue, Settle with Credit Card Companies – How it Affects You
on October 5, 2010

On Monday, the Justice Department sued Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for anti-competitive practices. A proposed settlement aims to end anti-competitive practices and allow customers to save money, but it is likely to also have unintended consequences for consumers.

Consumer Tips for Automated Banking
Consumer Tips for Automated Banking
on October 5, 2010

Last month Chase’s online banking was down for a few days – if that happens with your bank, what about your automatic bill payments? Proper protocol for online banking…

Where to Find 60,000 Speed Traps Nationwide
Where to Find 60,000 Speed Traps Nationwide
on October 3, 2010

Speeding is as dangerous as it is costly, but some say speed traps are meant to raise money – not protect the public good. Here are some new, high tech ways to avoid them.

7 Tips to Conserve Heat and Money This Winter
7 Tips to Conserve Heat and Money This Winter
on October 3, 2010

Ready for winter? Here are a few ideas to keep the cold out and the savings in this season.

Ask Stacy: My Wife Ran Up  My Credit Cards Without Telling Me
Ask Stacy: My Wife Ran Up My Credit Cards Without Telling Me
on October 3, 2010

My wife ran up my credit cards behind my back – now we’ve got debts we can’t pay. What should I do?

UPDATE – Congress Acts to Outlaw Home Resale Fee
UPDATE – Congress Acts to Outlaw Home Resale Fee
on October 1, 2010

How would you feel if you had to pay your home-builder 1% of the sales price of your house – 99 years after it was built? If you own a home – or think you might some day – read this.

Dems and Republicans Agree: Commercials Are Too @#$ LOUD!
Dems and Republicans Agree: Commercials Are Too @#$ LOUD!
on September 30, 2010

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) just got one step closer to becoming law. Are the days of having to hold the remote in your hand to preserve your eardrums nearing an end?

7 Reasons You Should Join a Credit Union This Week
7 Reasons You Should Join a Credit Union This Week
on September 30, 2010

When it comes to making more or spending less, some things are a no-brainer. Here are 7 reasons why joining a credit union is one of those things.

Followup – What’s in a (Brand) Name?
on September 30, 2010

Manufacturers of brand-name grocery store items are getting concerned about competition from store brands – with good reason.

The Worst TV Ad You’ve Seen – and the Funniest One You Haven’t
The Worst TV Ad You’ve Seen – and the Funniest One You Haven’t
on September 30, 2010

The Consumerist recently announced the winner of this year’s worst-commercial contest. Here it is, along with a commercial from overseas that I guarantee you’ll share with friends.

Viewer Question: Can I Negotiate Debts Myself?
on September 29, 2010

This reader has a good question: can I negotiate my own debts to get balances lowered – and while I’m at it, is it possible to get my creditors to remove the negative marks on my credit history?

Rental Cars: 5 Tips for a Better Deal
Rental Cars: 5 Tips for a Better Deal
on September 28, 2010

Renting a car might be getting pricier soon, but you can still save money if you know where to look – and what to say.

4 Insider Tips to Applying for Credit Cards
4 Insider Tips to Applying for Credit Cards
on September 28, 2010

Applying for a credit card isn’t as easy or as transparent as it should be. Here’s what you need to know to secure one as quickly as possible.

Should the Rich Pay Higher Taxes?
Should the Rich Pay Higher Taxes?
on September 27, 2010

While Congress debates extending the Bush tax cuts, the question on most Americans’ minds is: How will this affect to me? Here’s the answer.

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