Category: Money

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A beginners guide to reading (& understanding) a hospital bill

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Whether it was a planned procedure or an unplanned emergency, a hospital visit is often a disorienting and stressful experience — and that’s before you receive …

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Can I get a VA or FHA home loan with a 500 credit score?

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You applied for a loan from the Federal Housing Administration or the Veterans Administration, but your lender said your credit score is too low to qualify. …

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Win every fall potluck with this easy $12 chili recipe

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Fall is finally in the air and for me, it means pulling out my slow cooker and making some hearty chili. Chili is great for many …

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How much car insurance is required in each state?

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Almost every state requires motorists have car insurance — for the good, the bad and the weird. Unfortunately for those looking for easy answers, each one …

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How to go cash only this fall

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The summer is just about over, which means we’re in the home stretch when it comes to meeting end-of-the-year financial goals. If you strayed a little …

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What happens when your check bounces?

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Ever wonder what happens if your check bounces?  Although checks might seem like relics of the past, many companies still use them, and so we must …

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What would you give up for a better night’s sleep?

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Millions of Americans have trouble sleeping. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic estimates that 70 million Americans fall into this category. Troubled sleep can range from tossing …

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The cost of insuring a lab-made vs. a mined diamond

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Pressure and heat, applied over millions of years, turns carbon into diamonds. These days, humans in labs can do the same. Man-made diamonds and “natural” diamonds …

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How to ensure that your mortgage loan gets approved

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Buying a home can be as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling. Indeed, applying for a mortgage is the most stressful part of the process for many prospective buyers. …

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How Alexa can save you grocery money

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You can use Amazon Alexa to find deals on groceries— and even end up shopping less. After years of effort, Amazon is finally in the grocery …

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8 great apps for working remotely

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You can’t make it through the work day without using at least two work-focused apps on your phone or computer. Apps like these are especially crucial for …

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The 15 most expensive U.S. natural disasters since 1980

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When a natural disaster comes our way, we can feel powerless to its effects. And those effects don’t just hurt our hometowns, but our pockets as well. 2017 …

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1 year after Equifax breach, Americans think more about ID theft

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Americans may be taking identity theft more seriously one year after the Equifax data breach. In a LendingTree.com survey of roughly 1,000 people, over 90 percent …

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Renovating? Here’s what to consider when planning your budget

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When talking to homeowners about the cost of renovation, you quickly learn that everyone has a story, and most of them are punctuated with a headache. …

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6 hidden costs of being a homeowner

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You’re ready to be a homeowner. You’ve researched homeowner expenses and know the horror stories of furnaces kicking it in the dead of winter and air …

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This simple lunch can cost less than $1 a day

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If you’re tired of shelling out $10 a day or more for a ho-hum lunch at the deli around the corner from your office, you’re in …

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7 things your smartphone can save you from buying

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My phone is my personal assistant and my boredom companion. I mean, for how much it cost, it better be. Thank to all the apps out …

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Strange things you can be fined for in every state

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There are a ton of laws in America — some of them obvious, some of them not so obvious. While in some states you can own …

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12 ways to save for a new home while renting

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When a good majority of your take-home pay goes to your landlord, it becomes a challenge to muster up the cash for a mortgage and down …

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How to deal with a debt collector

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So, you’ve been getting calls from a debt collector. What now? Believe it or not, all hope isn’t lost when an account go to collections. Read …

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How do I decide what my car insurance deductible should be?

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If you’ve ever purchased an car insurance policy, you’re probably familiar with the question “and what would you like your deductible to be?” Personally, I want …

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Everyone ought to have an IRA

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In his classic Broadway musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,. Steve Sondheim tells us that “Everybody ought to have a …

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10 ways to save at fine-dining restaurants

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If you consider yourself a bit of a gourmand, but your finances are aligned more closely with pho than foie gras, we have good news. You …

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10 simple things every leader needs to stop doing

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I’ve spent my entire life turning struggling companies around.  After working with dozens of organizations, I’ve begun to see the patterns that led to their challenges. …

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How do student loans affect your credit report?

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The last thing that college students and recent graduates might think about is how their student loans can impact their credit reports in particular and their …

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10 important things to know about the new tax law

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December of last year has drastically changed the United State Tax Code. For tax years 2018 through 2025, when …

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How to make your air conditioning smart with apps and Alexa

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Summer may be winding down, but it’s not over just yet. At GearBrain, our attention is still focused on keeping the smart home cool and comfortable. …

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5 examples of toxic corporate behavior

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Suffering has become a hallmark of the modern workplace. In my work as a coach and consultant, I’ve listened to employees talk about coercion, being forced …

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14 smart home devices to save you money

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As fun as it is to switch lights on with your voice, activate your robotic vacuum cleaner and talk to the postman through a video doorbell, …

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Why electric cars are so expensive, and how the tide will soon turn

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It’s all about the trickle-down effect. A glance at the prices of electric cars will quickly tell you something — they are all expensive. The latest vehicle …