Woman Warranty
Are Extended Warranties Worth It?

on December 29, 2017

Whether you’re in a store or shopping online, it’s hard to buy anything these days without receiving a pitch for an extended warranty or service plan. Should you bite? That depends.

Depressed-looking woman with hand full of credit cards.
Ask Stacy: Should I Cancel My Unused Credit Cards?

on December 28, 2017

If you’re no longer using a credit card, you might as well cancel it, right? Wrong.

Financial Adviser
Ask Stacy: Should I Use a Full Service Investment Adviser?

on December 27, 2017

When picking a financial adviser, should you pay by the hour, pay commissions or pay nothing at all? Here’s what I think.

Online hacker
Ask Stacy: How Can I Stay Safe Online?

on December 26, 2017

It’s scary to think about all the data breaches that happen now, especially if you’re among the millions of Americans who shop, invest and bank online. Here’s how I stay safe.

Student
Ask Stacy: Can My Kid Get Student Loans Without Me Co-Signing?

on December 22, 2017

We all want to help our kids, but it would be nice to do it without putting our good credit on the line.

Couple w Bills
Ask Stacy: My Husband Is on the House Deed, and I’m Not

on December 21, 2017

Both spouses are on the mortgage, but only one is on the deed: No big deal, or a recipe for disaster?

Moving
Ask Stacy: What Are the Best Ways to Save on Moving?

on December 20, 2017

Moving — whether across town or across the country — is no picnic. Here are three tips that will make it a little easier, and a lot cheaper.

Couple with bike near seashore
Ask Stacy: How Do I Invest for Retirement Without Risk?

on December 19, 2017

You want retirement savings to grow, but can’t afford to take a bunch of risk: What’s an older investor to do?

Couple with New Home
Ask Stacy: Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper Home?

on December 18, 2017

Is it better to buy a home that needs work? I’ve done it many times. Here’s what I’ve learned.

wage gap
Ask Stacy: Should I Wait Until 70 for Social Security?

on December 15, 2017

Which is better: getting your Social Security benefits at the first opportunity, or waiting until you’re 70? The answer: It depends.

Old Car on Beach
Ask Stacy: Should I Keep Repairing My Old Car or Replace It?

on December 14, 2017

We’ve all been there: Your car is starting to need a lot of expensive repairs, but you’re not sure when it’s time to throw in the towel. When is enough enough?

Bitcoin
Ask Stacy: Should I Buy Bitcoin?

on December 12, 2017

Bitcoin has risen from around $700 to nearly $20,000 this year. Too late to get in or time to climb onboard? Here’s what I think.

Calendar with pushpin on "payoff credit cards" note
Ask Stacy: Should I Take Advantage of Zero Percent Credit Card Offers?

on October 27, 2017

Everyone wants to pay zero, but what’s the catch? Before you apply, read this.

Older couple looking at computer, papers.
Ask Stacy: How Can We Earn More on Our Savings?

on October 13, 2017

These retirees need more income, but they can’t afford to take any risk. Sound familiar? Here are six ideas to explore.

Couple Elderly w Home
Why Can’t I Refinance My Home?

on October 6, 2017

She’s got good credit, but her lender refuses to refinance her mortgage. If it would lower her payments, why wouldn’t they be happy to do it? Here’s some sound advice for anyone who borrows.

Woman with widow's veil talking to lawyer
Ask Stacy: Should I Drop My Life Insurance Policy?

on September 29, 2017

Life insurance isn’t to protect you, it’s to protect those you love. If those you love don’t need protection, then you don’t need life insurance. Here’s how to know when to cancel.

Couple w Bills
Ask Stacy: How Can I Help My Fiance’s Credit?

on September 15, 2017

This reader has an excellent credit history and score, but the man she’s about to marry doesn’t. How can she help him?

Property Taxes
Ask Stacy: How Can I Fight My Property Taxes?

on September 1, 2017

This reader thinks her property taxes are too high and wants to appeal her assessment. I’ve been successful challenging mine in two different cities. Here’s how I did it.

Woman at store, holding a card.
Ask Stacy: Can I Repair My Own Credit?

on August 27, 2017

Maintaining a clean credit history is important. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to make sure yours is in top shape.

Powerball
Ask Stacy: What Should I Do With a Windfall?

on August 23, 2017

Wednesday night’s $700-million Powerball drawing has rekindled an old question: How should you handle a lump sum of money that lands in your lap? Here’s a step-by-step guide for doing things right.

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