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Fund Your Favorite Band and Make a Profit (Maybe)

Imagine being able to profit share with your favorite bands when they release new music. So you get new music from a beloved artist and, if it does well, a little something back. It's a win/win, right? That's the premise of a new startup called Loudfund. Based in Atlanta, Loudfund ...

 

The Worst Places for Mortgages and Refinances

Do you know that it's a rip to get a mortgage or refinance from a giant monster mega-bank? Giant monster mega-banks are the full price people, like the Nordstrom or Saks in terms of pricing, but not in terms of service! Credit unions and mortgage brokers challenge the banks The ...

 

Robocalls Annoy You? Here's How One Man Got $22,500 for His Inconvenience

Feeling frustrated by robocalls on your cellphone? Imagine being able to make the company behind the automatic dialing pay you $500 or more per call! One man did it and here's his story.   Dish Network fined over robocalling Chester Moore of West Virginia was never a Dish Network customer. ...

 

Customers Asked To Pay for Employee Health Care at Restaurants

Have you taken a close look at your bill when you've dined out recently? There may be an added line charge...and I'm not talking about restaurants charging for tap water! Paying for employee health care when you go out to eat Some restaurants are now adding a health care surcharge ...

 

Why You May Want To Pay Cash for Medical Care

With open enrollment upon us, I'm getting more and more questions about paying for health care. If you buy insurance on the health care exchange or you get your health care through an employer, the deductibles are getting larger and larger. Sometimes they're huge. Negotiate for a cash price before ...

How To Get a Lower Interest Rate on Your Credit Card

An oldie but goodie is back and it could save you money on your credit card payment. Negotiate your interest rate down So many of us who have a decent credit score are getting solicitations for new credit cards that are vastly superior to the cards we have now. Did ...

Best Time and Website for Buying Airline Tickets

Every day I'm asked, "What's the best time to buy an airline ticket, and what's the best website to do it on?" I've got some new answers to share with you. The Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), which is like the back office of ticket selling for the nation's airlines, has ...

The Best Mattress for Your Money

Looking for the best mattress for your money? To cut through the clutter of advertising you'll see out there, the November 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has a look at the best mattresses and mattress retailers. Here's a look at the best affordable mattresses The magazine broke out their findings ...

Do Real Estate Agents Really Matter Anymore?

With all the technology out there for home buyers and sellers, do real estate agents really matter anymore? For buyers, the research you can do online and with your phone is amazing. Apps like Redfin and HomeSnap will let you drive down a street, pull out your smartphone, aim it ...

The Eye-Opening Truth About Dealer Invoice Price

Most new-car shoppers turn to those big new-car pricing websites for the information and advice they need. But those so-called "experts" aren’t telling you what you really need to know: The truth about the sea change in the automaker-dealer financial relationship that began in 1995 and has continued ever since. ...

Find a Fee-Only Financial Planner

Do you have money to invest, but you're not sure where to put it? Most people who are unsure about investments hire someone to help. Here's how to do that the right way. One of the greatest danger points is mid-career, when you find yourself with a great deal of ...

Swash Lets You Dry Clean at Home on the Cheap

Is dry cleaning your clothes getting too expensive for you? Procter & Gamble has an alternative that might fill a niche in the marketplace. Every time there's a new and improved way to dry clean clothes, there's a lot of media interest. In my TV work, we always test these ...

Know Your Rights With Debt Collectors

The phone rings for the 1,000th time and it's a debt collector again. Do you have any rights? What are they? How to deal with debt collectors When a debt collector harasses the wrong person, the law is not written to protect you. That's because it never occurred to the ...

Is a Financial Planner Worth the Cost?

Is a financial planner worth the cost? Is it a smart money move to dedicate some of that hard-earned cash to someone else to have them move it around in the market? All too often, people are quick to answer that financial planners and advisors aren’t worth the cost. They ...

10 Things To Know Before Buying a Home

If you've read my previous articles on ClarkHoward.com, you know that I paid off my $86,000 mortgage in 2 years. Now, I'm excited to be moving into a new home after recently becoming a third-time homebuyer. While the real estate process isn't new to me, there's always something to learn ...

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How To Bypass the Banks for a Loan

Having trouble borrowing money for a personal loan at a bank? I want to talk to you about another opportunity called peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. P2P lending is a way to cut the banks out of the equation and allow people to go online to borrow and lend money directly to ...

10 Healthy Halloween Treats That Will Save You Money

It’s an unfortunate truth universally acknowledged that a child in costume must be in want of sugary treats every Halloween. Yet as being health consciousness continues to grow, more of us are looking for healthier alternatives to the sugar-induced comas that go hand-in-hand with Halloween each year. Sadly, most people ...

How To Sell an Upside Down Car

If you have financed a vehicle, chances are that you are upside down. What does that mean? It means that you owe more on your car loan than the vehicle is actually worth. This can be discouraging to think about, however, it is not the end of the world. It ...

Does Aldi Save You as Much Money as They Claim?

When it comes to grocery shopping, is Aldi really as cheap as they claim to be? I recently received this advertisement (see picture) in the mail from Aldi grocery stores, which showed a sample basket of goods purchased both at Aldi and at another grocery store. The claim made is ...

How To Get Trusted Referrals for Home Repairs

Right now, renovating a home is much, much easier than it had been during the real estate bubble. So how do you pick a contractor? I recall back during the bubble how often I'd get calls from homeowners complaining they couldn't get a call back from contractors. The frenzy around ...

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