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My favorite no-fee credit cards provide lots of perks

Vanessa Richardson A credit card that offers cash rewards, a low interest rate and no annual fee? What’s the catch? There might not be one – you may just have scored a good deal. The best credit cards are the cheapest credit cards and annual fees are often the biggest out-of-pocket expense for consumers who never, or [...]Show More Summary

How to save money and avoid birthday party drama

Dawn Papandrea The school year’s well underway and the weekly birthday party invitations are pouring in. If you’ve got a couple of kids in school, with 20 to 30 children in each of their classes, the birthday party circuit can get very expensive, very quickly. If you don’t want to add a line item into your budget [...]Show More Summary

How to buy furniture you like without spending too much money

Jen A. Miller In February 2013, I moved back into my house. Yes, moved back in. I bought the place in 2007 and turned it into a rental property when I moved in with my then-boyfriend. The relationship went bust at about the time my tenants were moving out, so I decided to go back home, and used [...]Show More Summary

Why I’m no longer afraid to deposit checks by mobile phone

Jen A. Miller Your co-worker, your neighbor, the corner market owner. They all joined the modern world long ago. For awhile I was reluctant, but I too have gotten hip to the new age. Yes, I’ve started cashing checks through my smartphone I resisted the convenience for two big reasons. First, when the technology debuted, the time from [...]Show More Summary

A YouTube video taught me how to fix my oven, saving $1,000 in repair bills and boosting my confidence

Amy Fontinelle My old oven When my oven went out a few months ago, I put off dealing with the problem. The appliance looks about 30 years old, so I assumed it was beyond repair and that replacement parts wouldn’t be available. Because it’s a wall oven, not a freestanding range, my research revealed that it would [...]Show More Summary

With ticket prices taking off, here’s how to save on your holiday and winter air travel

Julie D. Andrews Feel like you’re paying ungodly amounts of dough for each plane ride you take lately? You’re not imagining (or exaggerating) the state of air travel. The price of the average round-trip airfare, with taxes, rose to $509 in the first six months of 2014, according to recent data from the Airlines Reporting Corporation. The cost [...]Show More Summary

How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, 2014 Edition

Kathy OGorman Welcome to the 2014 edition of McDonald’s Monopoly game. The game has returned to its traditional schedule this year with a fall launch. The fast-food giant last year caught everyone off guard by launching the game two months early — in July. But fall just feels right for this game, doesn’t it? The 2014 game [...]Show More Summary

How to get the most mileage out of baby gear

Dawn Papandrea If you’ve ever shopped for baby stuff, you know that it’s very easy to see your paycheck disappear in a flash. So. Much. Stuff! Do babies really need all of these things, you might wonder? Probably not, but you ultimately buy everything anyway because you want your little ones to have every new high-tech bouncy [...]Show More Summary

Should you pay your child for good grades?

Naomi Mannino I’ve paid all three of my kids for good grades many different ways and times throughout their school years. But, I can’t say it ever resulted in better grades. Whether I offered pay for good grades never affected my son’s grades. In fact, now a senior in high school, he would always forgo the extra [...]Show More Summary

How to throw great, yet affordable, football parties

Dawn Papandrea A new season is here that has nothing to do with pumpkin-spiced everything – it’s football season. Every Saturday and Sunday (and Monday and Thursday nights, too) provide a great excuse to get together with friends and root for your team. Or some other team. Does it really matter? Of course your entertainment and recreation [...]Show More Summary

Smart ways to save money at school without ruining your college fun — or going hungry

Dawn Papandrea Don’t worry – this isn’t going to be one of those posts that tell you you’re a big boy/girl now, and have to stop being irresponsible with money. I won’t tell you to stop buying overpriced lattes, $11 nachos at midnight, or comfy college sweatshirts because those things are largely what college is all about. [...]Show More Summary

Oh, how I wish I could go back and talk some sense into my free-spending teenaged self

Alissa Fleck As a teenager, I looked forward to growing up and leaving home so I could eat all the junk food I wanted. But now that I’ve done that, my perspective has changed. I avoid junk food at all costs. I’ve matured a lot when it comes to money, too. As a kid I dedicated every [...]Show More Summary

How to get the most from your auto insurance claim

Amy Fontinelle Being involved in a car accident is scary and stressful. So is dealing with the aftermath. It’s in the insurance company’s best interest to minimize your claim, but you’ll be able to secure a fair settlement with these four tips. Don’t admit fault You typically must file a police report after a car accident. There [...]Show More Summary

‘Free’ smart phone game is a shameless money suck

Jen A. Miller As always, there’s another scam to separate you from your hard earned money. Only this time, we can stop the madness. The latest money grab comes from none other than Kim Kardashian, who has partnered with Glu Mobile on Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a smartphone game where users advance by living the celebrity lifestyle. In order [...]Show More Summary

New law mandates in-state tuition for vets studying at all public colleges starting next year

Jen A. Miller Good news for U.S. vets: starting next year, you’ll qualify for in-state tuition at any public school, no matter where you live. This perk was part of the $16.3 billion Veterans Administration reform bill that President Obama signed into law last Thursday. Thirty states already offer in-state tuition to all veterans. But this will extend [...]Show More Summary

Some surprising help turned my long search for new windows into a low-cost (or lower-cost) reality

Darci Swisher I was clicking around the Groupon app one evening on my iPad when I ventured beyond the food and drink deals I normally scout to ones for home services. I expected to find discounted housecleaning, not a significant savings on windows and installation. But two months later, five new vinyl replacement windows graced our condo [...]Show More Summary

Stop worrying…You probably didn’t pay too much for your new car

Russ Heaps Most of us like to tell “fish stories,” and they often include tales about the great deal we negotiated on our new car or truck. But behind closed doors, many of us obsess that we really paid too much. At least that’s the conclusion of the first annual TrueCar Buyer Study, which polled more than [...]Show More Summary

Online coupons and discount codes can save lots of money, at lots of stores, on lots of stuff

Jen A. Miller Although I’m a frugal person, I’ve never been a couponer. Cutting out and organizing paper coupons takes a lot of time. I saw my mom do this when I was a kid and it looked like an exhausting way to save a couple bucks. So beyond checking out the ValPak that comes in the mail [...]Show More Summary

Go to the movies? At these prices it’s got to be a great flick to get me off the couch

Alissa Fleck If you decide to spend a night out at the movies, you better be certain you’re going to love that film. In my opinion, movie-going has become too expensive to be a casual pastime anymore. The theater industry says the average ticket costs right around $8, but that has to include discounted prices for kids [...]Show More Summary

Kick start your savings with goal-based accounts

Susan Ladika Saving money is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but halfway through the year, you’ve usually kicked that goal to the curb. Hard to believe, but some banks and credit unions actually want to help you make those resolutions stick, paying higher interest rates or bonuses if you stash money in your savings [...]Show More Summary

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