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Think Twice Before Taking Out a 401(k) Loan

Three years ago I was purchasing a house and ended up taking out a 401(k) loan. At first glance, 401(k) loans seem like a pretty good idea. I can loan money to myself instead of paying mortgage interest to a bank? Sounds great! But here’s what I learned... I knew ...

 

6 Things To Ask Before Investing in Mutual Funds

Investing in mutual funds can be a great way to grow your wealth.  A mutual fund, at its core, is an investment that pools money from a wide variety of investors and uses that money to buy a variety of stocks, bonds or short-term debts. The mutual fund is a ...

How Your Tax Rates Change In Retirement

We get a lot of questions from people wondering how their taxes will change once they hit retirement.  While there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to tax-related issues, it’s important to understand the basics of your working effective tax rate vs. your retirement effective tax rate.    ...

Index Funds Let You Own the Whole Marketplace

I always get questions about the extremes of investing when I’m out and about. People are either asking me about a stock whose value has soared or collapsed…and they’re wondering if they should get in the game. I am a Priceline junkie going back for years and years. People keep ...

 

Credit Bureaus Are Changing How They Compile Your Credit Report

The 3 main credit bureaus have announced new changes that will help take the bite out of unpaid medical debt and make it easier to dispute mistakes on your credit report. New changes to your credit file  Here's a quick overview of what's new: -- The automatic dispute resolution process ...

 

Amazon Will Deliver 25,000 Items to Your Doorstep in 2 Hours

Amazon is changing from a discounter to a total convenience service. Survey after survey shows they no longer have the lowest price in the market. So they've decided their future isn't about price competition; it's about getting customers what they want very quickly. I am a member of Amazon Prime, ...

How To Limit Spying on Your Phone Habits

The greatest breach of your privacy may be through your smartphone. But I want to share some ways you can limit all the spying! Ways to limit ad tracking on your phone Phones are are a gold mine for people looking to track you, dissect who are, and sell to ...

#1 Key To Preventing Tax Identity Theft

Are you worried about tax identity crooks taking away your return? Here's the best way to outsmart them... How to beat the tax return ID thieves at their own game During the last few years, crooks have been stealing people's Social Security numbers and then filing false returns as though ...

Free Websites for Small Businesses

If you're a small business owner, it's easier than you may have heard to establish a web presence. Google will help you get your small business up online After launching the Get Your Business Online program several years ago, Google has now rebranded the effort and is calling it Let's ...

Could a Generic Drug Ever Be Unsafe for You?

Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box ...

New $30 a Month Deal from Metro PCS

Not a week goes by without another price cut in the cellphone world! Here's the latest one... T-Mobile lower prices through discount brand After announcing price cuts for small business last week, T-Mobile today has a new deal from Metro PCS -- a wholly owned subsidiary that runs on the ...

 

How Apple Pay Is Being Exploited by Criminals

Criminal rings have found a way to exploit a loophole in the communication between banks and Apple Pay that you need to know about. By now you've probably heard that Apple came up with this well thought out procedure called Apple Pay. They wanted it to be another payment option ...

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One Loyalty Program To Rule Them All?

Wouldn't it be nice to have just one reward card or membership number for multiple retailers? That will soon be a reality thanks to a new partnership.  Plenti offers co-op to make your life easier There's a new effort called Plenti. Plenti is a rewards program that lets you earn ...

 

4 Ways To Stay Safe When Using Craigslist

Craigslist can be a great place to buy all kinds of items -- but you've got to be careful or it could cost you your life. Follow this advice to stay safe when you use Craigslist Some time ago, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution ran a story about a Lexus on Craigslist ...

Easy Way To Stay on Top of Auto Recalls

If you're concerned with auto safety, the government now has a notification e-mail system that will alert you to recalls for your specific make, model, and year of car. Here's a simple way to learn about auto recalls There are recalls of cars all the time. Some serious, like braking ...

 

Check Out This Hot 2-in-1 Tablet for Under $200

Looking for an affordable tablet that offers the perfect blend of productivity and mobility? Walmart may have the answer for you. Check out this hot tablet Even though tablets are generally unloved in the marketplace, Walmart has gotten big time into selling them. One of their hottest sellers now is ...

How the Obamacare Penalties Work and How To Avoid Them

Some people may be in for a rude shock when they go to file their income tax return this year: A penalty for not having purchased health insurance! A look at the health care penalties and the current amnesty policy  The penalties for not having health coverage in 2014 are ...

 

Digit Helps Automate Saving Money

If you can't seem to get any savings done, there's a new app that could help you. Digit is a new free service that basically promises to use artificial intelligence to pluck extra money from your checking account and stash it away in an FDIC-insured savings account. How Digit works ...

 

How To Save 80% on Small Business Cell Service

If you're a small business, T-Mobile has a great deal on cellphone service that can help you reduce what you pay each month. T-Mobile's deal for small business In the last year and a half, I've told you about a constant parade of deals on cellphone service for individuals and ...

 

The Cheapest Luxury Toilet Paper Brand Is...

Would you spend more money for luxury toilet paper? Or is the very idea of "luxury toilet paper" the epitome of flushing money down the drain to you?  Luxury toilet papers are booming I told you recently how toilet paper rolls are shrinking right before our eyes. It's gotten to ...

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