The Mother of All Foreclosure Mistakes
The Mother of All Foreclosure Mistakes

on October 20, 2010

Imagine standing in your front yard and watching as a car pulls up. A stranger gets out, walks up to you, verifies your identity, then serves you with foreclosure papers. Now imagine that you’ve never missed a mortgage payment in your life.

3 Things You’d Better Know Before You Live Together
3 Things You’d Better Know Before You Live Together

on October 20, 2010

About to take the next step and move in with your partner? Here’s some advice on how to merge your money – ignore it at your peril.

Big Banks Use Back Taxes to Seize Homes
Big Banks Use Back Taxes to Seize Homes

on October 18, 2010

Buying property by investing in back taxes has been around for a long time. But should big banks and hedge funds be allowed to use this method to separate homeowners from their homes?

The Foreclosure Freeze – What It Means and Why It Matters
The Foreclosure Freeze – What It Means and Why It Matters

on October 18, 2010

You’ve seen the headlines about banks stopping foreclosures – but if you haven’t yet realized the implications for every American, this is a story you don’t want to miss.

Website Says It’s OK to Walk Away – No It Isn’t
Website Says It’s OK to Walk Away – No It Isn’t

on October 15, 2010

Some people seem to think they can morally justify walking away from a mortgage they could afford to pay, simply because their house went down in value. Time to man up.

Ask Stacy: Why Do Good Borrowers Get Punished?

on October 15, 2010

Sheila makes all her mortgage payments, but nobody will allow her to refinance her underwater mortgage. How come there’s no help for people who do the right thing?

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.

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