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New Ways To Refinance Private Student Loans

The private student loan market is opening up with the first real chance of offering refinances that I've seen in about 10 years. 2 ways to refinance private student loans The Cleveland Plain Dealer  reports a company called Charter One is advertising an Education Refinance Loan with fixed rates as ...

Don't Give Your Social Security Number at These Places

When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not? My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don't do it, unless I know it's absolutely, positively required for what I'm doing. Companies and institutions ask for our Social Security numbers like they're ...

Why Entrepreneurs Should Avoid Business Credit Cards

What's the difference between personal credit cards and small business credit cards? One can decimate the revenue of small businesses, while the other offers a great workaround and protections for entrepreneurs. Politicians pay a lot of lip service to small business, but they really stab this economic engine in the ...

Frontier Air's $29 One-Way Fares

***THIS IS A ONE-DAY ONLY SALE*** Looking for a hot travel deal? Frontier Air is offering fares of $29 one-way out of Chicago to Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Washington (Dulles), Orlando, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. This deal is for travel now through Jan. 28, 2015, with select blackout dates around ...

Fake IRS Phone Scam Making the Rounds

Just before the holiday rush, scamsters are working overtime trying to get your money in a continuing phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service reports sophisticated IRS impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment. In some cases they're also impersonating local law enforcement and threatening you with immediate arrest unless ...

Travelers Charged a Smoking Fee When They Don't Smoke?

Travelers who don’t even smoke are having to pay smoking fees in hotels and at the car rental counter. Here’s how to avoid having this happen to you! Almost every hotel and virtually 100% of car rentals are now smoke-free. If you do smoke, you’ll get hit with a $250 ...

Fee-Free Online Banking Options

Online banks are free to use, generally don't have surprise gotcha fees, and are winning rave reviews from customers. In general, online banking appeals to younger folks who don't want branches or even to look at someone face-to-face when they do their finances. USAA Federal Savings Bank, which caters to ...

Gas Stations Have New Way To Stop Credit Card Thieves

Banks are losing the battle against credit card thieves, and no place do the thieves strike more than at the gas station. The Washington Post  reports credit card fraud is 4 times greater at gas stations than any other form of retailer! At the moment, if you use a credit ...

The Danger of Grandparents Owning a 529 Plan

529 plans are the best way to save money tax-free and spend money tax-free on a child's college education. But these state-sponsored plans are now delivering an unexpected curveball that you need to know about. Here's why it's dangerous when a grandparent owns a 529 plan In many families, grandparents ...

Why You Should Limit Car Loans to 42 Months

Auto loan financing is suddenly available to people with damaged credit who may have been turned down for car loans as recently as a few months ago. But is that "yes" to your credit app really a "yes" in your monthly budget? How to avoid buying too much car If ...

Get a Costco Membership at a Discount

  ***ATTENTION: OFFER VALID FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY*** Everybody knows I love shopping at Costco Wholesale. And right now, I have a sizzling deal for you on a 1-year membership for NEW customers only! LivingSocial.com is offering a Gold Star membership, plus a bonus cash card, coupons, and a ton ...

Georgia Natural Gas Guide

  Here we are on the cusp of fall -- one of the most popular times to lock in your natural gas rate for the remainder of the year. But which company has the best rate for you? My monthly update on natural gas rates in Georgia can help you ...

How to Negotiate a Raise and Why You Need to Now

Some of the best investments you can make aren’t in the stock market, but in yourself. Your earning potential over your working career carries big implications for your ability to reach financial success. The more money you earn, the bigger the gap between your available cash and your living expenses. ...

Would You Fly Stinky Spirit Air Just To Save Money?

Spirit Air offers seemingly great bargains, but I almost never talk about them on the show because they're not a crowd pleaser. In fact, an analysis from British-based aviation research group SkyTrax named Spirit the only U.S. carrier among the world's worst airlines! They're right down there with relative unknowns ...

Not All Credit Card Comparison Shopping Sites Created Equal

The banksters are at it again. The Wall Street Journal  says there's dirty dealings going on, with many popular credit card comparison sites lying to you when you go to pick the best credit card. Following the CARD Act of 2009, comparison shopping for credit cards became so easy; the ...

The Best Fast Food Chains in the Nation

Consumer Reports has tackled the weighty issue of the best and worst chain restaurants out there competing for your dining dollar. Here's a quick look at the best and worst fast food/fast casual chains in America In sandwiches, it was a tie between Firehouse Subs and Jason's Deli. Last place ...

Buying a Car at Auction -- Life With a $5,000 Vehicle

As I reported a few weeks ago, I bought a 2005 Volvo wagon at public auction for under my budget of $5,000.  That’s a pretty darn good buy one would think, but I wasn't going to rely on my opinion only so the first stop was at a trusted mechanic. ...

More Options for Mobile Merchant Credit Card Processing

Nine years ago after a trip to Japan, I came back home and raved on air about watching people use their cell phones to pay for things. Now that kind of thing is common here. Save money on merchant processing fees A company I've talked about a few times recently, ...

4 Ways Your Finances Suffer When You Ignore Them

It’s tough to face challenges, problems, or issues in our financial lives. No one enjoys dealing with money matters that leave us confused, hopeless, or negative about our ability to succeed. Even focusing on the good stuff can be overwhelming. Some of our biggest financial goals will take years, if ...

4 Tips for Finding College Scholarships

A college education is expensive nowadays, and most students need financial help. Scholarships are a great aid, because it is basically free money. Whether you're a high school student or you're already in college, this guide can help you get connected with the money you need. Here are some great ...

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