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Be Smart About Money This Week

This week is Money Smart Week®. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a national education campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year the dates are April 22 to 29. Money Smart Week is the collaboration of hundreds of organizations across the country […]

Avoid Decay and Stay in Control of Your Money

Would you like to feel younger next year? The book, Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., explains, while we can’t stop aging, we can turn back our biological clocks. Co-authors Crowley and Lodge describe the three components to becoming functionally younger as we age. Crowley writes, “50 percent of all […]

Five Easy Ways to Cut Expenses

Are you looking to save money this year? Now is a good time to review expenses and see what you can cut. Here are five ideas to help you on your way. 1. Drop Overdraft Protection This service is offered by banks and credit unions. Should you overdraw your account with an ATM or debit […]

What You Need To Know Before Opening a Store Credit Card

It’s holiday season once again! When you are shopping, retail clerks may tempt you with their store’s credit card. “Open the card right now and you can save 15% off your total purchase,” is a common statement. If you have a large purchase, you could save a lot of money. And, you will most likely […]

When Being a “Deadbeat” is a Good Thing

I am surprised by the number of people who don’t pay off their credit card bill in full each month. I am not speaking of folks who don’t have the funds to pay their balance. I am speaking of people who have the money available, yet choose to not pay off their credit card balance. […]

Staggering Growth of Prepaid Cards: A Smart Choice for You?

The use of reloadable prepaid debit cards is exploding. Consumers loaded $56.6 billion on the cards in 2010, and they are projected to load $168.7 billion by the end of this year according to Forbes Magazine. The Mercator Advisory Group, which advises businesses selling prepaid cards, projects consumer loads to reach $334 billion annually by […]

Should You Automate Your Parents’ Bill Paying?

Handwriting checks is time consuming. Many of us no longer write checks to pay our own bills. If you are helping a parent or an older loved-one with bill paying, he or she may be resistant to newer methods. Paper checks are familiar to many seniors and make them feel safe. Should you transition your […]

Free Consumer Information at Your Fingertips

US government agencies work to help consumers make wise choices and stay healthy and safe. Their information is made available to us in over 200 publications, which you can order or download at www.publications.usa.gov. Depending on the publication, they are available in print, as a pdf, or online. Some can be downloaded to an e-reader, and […]