Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?

on March 10, 2017

Whether you’ve spent 20 years in prison, gotten divorced or just plain screwed up, here’s how to rebuild your financial life, step by step.

Ask Stacy: Do I Have to File Income Taxes?
Ask Stacy: Do I Have to File Income Taxes?

on March 3, 2017

Believe it or not, there are people who don’t have to file income taxes and there are others who think they don’t. Here’s why you don’t want to be in either group.

Ask Stacy: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay Off My Mortgage?
Ask Stacy: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay Off My Mortgage?

on February 24, 2017

Want to get rid of the mortgage ASAP and pay as little interest as possible in the meantime? Here’s what you need to know.

Ask Stacy: Should I Try Multilevel Marketing?
Ask Stacy: Should I Try Multilevel Marketing?

on February 17, 2017

There are lots of ways to make extra money, including the time-tested method of network or multilevel marketing. Is it for you?

Ask Stacy: Should I Pay for Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring?
Ask Stacy: Should I Pay for Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring?

on February 10, 2017

We’ve all seen the ads: Protect your credit for just $9.95 a month! Worth the money? Here are three reasons why it’s not.

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Ask Stacy: Where Can I Find Help With Credit Card Debt?

on January 27, 2017

Are you being bombarded with ads from agencies wanting to help you out of a debt jam? Ignore them. Read this instead.

Ask Stacy — Is There a Statute of Limitations on Debt?
Ask Stacy — Is There a Statute of Limitations on Debt?

on January 20, 2017

You have an old debt that long ago dropped off your credit history. Then one day you get a call from a debt collector insisting you pay it. Can they do that?

Ask Stacy: What the Heck Is a Hedge Fund and How Do They Work?
Ask Stacy: What the Heck Is a Hedge Fund and How Do They Work?

on January 13, 2017

Here’s what they are and why they may be the dumbest thing you can do with a million bucks.

Ask Stacy: The Most-Asked Money Questions of 2016
Ask Stacy: The Most-Asked Money Questions of 2016

on January 6, 2017

Here are some of the most popular categories of reader questions from 2016, along with answers. Odds are you’ve probably wondered about some of these things yourself.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Financial Hole?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Financial Hole?

on December 30, 2016

In this week’s column, one reader is having trouble making ends meet and another provides some insight and inspiration that might help.

Ask Stacy: Where Can I Get a Free Credit Score?
Ask Stacy: Where Can I Get a Free Credit Score?

on December 23, 2016

There used to be few free ways to see your credit score. Now you can find one in seconds.

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Ask Stacy: How Can I Get a Government Grant?

on December 16, 2016

Free money in the form of government grants is a rumor that just won’t die. But I’m dead certain you’re not going to get a federal grant to prop up your business or fix up your home.

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Ask Stacy: Why Is My Bond Fund Losing Money?

on December 9, 2016

There’s no investment safer than U.S. Treasury bonds. But here’s something odd: You can lose money by investing in them. If you own a bond or a bond mutual fund, you really need to read this.

Ask Stacy: Is It Possible to Get Out of a Co-Signed Loan?
Ask Stacy: Is It Possible to Get Out of a Co-Signed Loan?

on December 2, 2016

It’s a common situation: You take out joint credit or co-sign a loan, then wish you hadn’t. What can be done? Usually, not much. But there may be hope.

Financial Adviser
Ask Stacy: Do I Need a Financial Adviser, or Can I Manage My Money Myself?

on November 25, 2016

Is investing something you can do on your own, or do you need to pay a pro?

Insurance
Ask Stacy: Insurance Price Is Important, but What About Company Quality?

on November 17, 2016

The internet is full of tips about lowering the cost of insurance. But how about some advice on getting what you pay for?

Extended Warranty
Ask Stacy: Are Service Plans and Extended Warranties Worth It?

on November 11, 2016

Should you buy a service contract or extended warranty? My answer has always been no. These days, however, I’m less sure. Here’s why.

Ask Stacy: How Am I Supposed to Live on Social Security Alone?
Ask Stacy: How Am I Supposed to Live on Social Security Alone?

on November 4, 2016

A reader just retired and is worried that her retirement income won’t be enough. She should be.

Ask Stacy: Should I Hire BillCutterz to Lower My Cable and Other Bills?
Ask Stacy: Should I Hire BillCutterz to Lower My Cable and Other Bills?

on October 28, 2016

With no effort on my part, BillCutterz saved me $240 annually, then told me where I might find another $360. You really should check these guys out.

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Ask Stacy: Should I Borrow From My Retirement Account to Pay Debts?

on October 21, 2016

One in 5 Americans able to borrow from their 401(k)s have done so. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea.

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