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Debit vs. Credit: How Do You Use Them Differently?

Debit or credit? At a distance, there’s virtually no way to distinguish the small plastic cards with Visa or MasterCard logos. Both allow you to pay for goods and services instantaneously by transferring cash behind the scenes. But anybody who u … [Read more...]

The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from The New Job Security, Revised: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career by Pam Lassiter, a career management consultant with over 30 years of experience. Ms. Lassiter's advice is on the … [Read more...]

Unemployed? At Least Your Job Search is Tax-Deductible

Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research announced that the recession ended in June 2009. According to the announcement, the economic downturn reached a plateau that month and hasn’t decreased since then. In other words, we are now on the p … [Read more...]

Cheap Halloween Costumes

Giddy to get your ghoul on this Halloween? It doesn't take blood money to get a head-turning cheap Halloween costume. A creative and inexpensive costume idea won't just save you money; it might even win you a chunk of that costume contest … [Read more...]

Lending Club Loans: Get a Loan, Get $150 Back

As regular readers know, I’m a frequent advocate of Lending Club and social lending. Between now and October 1st, if you apply for a Lending Club loan and get it approved and funded, you can receive a $150 rebate. I should point out that yes, L … [Read more...]

Foreign Investing 101: What You Should Know Before Investing Your Dollars Abroad

Emerging markets have been the hot investment areas over the past few years. Investors have rushed to invest in the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). These countries have seen double digit growth rates as their economies have burst onto … [Read more...]

Wedding Taxes: Four Must-Know Tax Facts For Planning Your Big Day

With a booming wedding industry, I sometimes wonder how it’s even possible that our country is in a recession at all. Now that the average cost of a wedding hovers around $29,000, you’d think that the spending induced by weddings could sin … [Read more...]

Why We Bought a House, and Why We Bought It Now

When is the right time to buy a house? Certainly not when you've got a brand-new baby commanding every waking second of your time. But that's exactly what we did. We just became new parents, and we’re buying a home. We close in ten days. But w … [Read more...]

Would You Feel Guilty About a Wasted $3?

How would you feel if you wasted $3? Guilty? Like a squanderer? Would you take measures to ensure it didn't happen again? Or could you care less? Let us know in a comment. Meanwhile, here's how I recently changed my mindset own thinking on this very … [Read more...]

Bank Owned Homes: Should You Buy a Foreclosed Property?

Bank owned homes are still flooding our nation’s real estate market. For buyers who can handle risk, some are incredible deals. But if you’re gearing up to buy your first home, take a hard look at whether buying a foreclosed property is a good idea. … [Read more...]