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Four Sure-fire Tips for Mobile Banking Security

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I’m writing this dispatch from the Pacific Coast, where I’ve just seen a fabulous-yet-disturbing documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It’s called “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” and director  Cullen Hoback’s movie takes a chilling look at how vulnerable we all are in this digital society. That is, “free” services such as Google, Facebook […]

Discount Real Estate Brokerages: Worthwhile or a Scam?

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“What about the buyer’s side? Do they get no money for all their efforts? This can’t be the whole story.”

Should You Take That Unpaid Internship?

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The key to benefiting from an internship is to make sure that you are getting something valuable out of it. If you aren’t getting paid, then you need to be getting something else. Resume worthy experience, college credits, or maybe a scholarship or grant, something to make it worth your time. Also, do them early in your college career so that you can get a paid gig when you are closer to graduating.

Auto Insurance Scores: The Surprising Truth About How Credit Affects Car Insurance Rates

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As I often mention, I login to the free service CreditKarma every couple of months to keep track of my credit score. One time a year or so ago I logged in to see a new feature that differentiated my credit score from my auto insurance score. To my surprise, although my credit score was […]

Funny Money: Arguing Over Money with Your Significant Other

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You try your best. You soak in knowledge from personal finance blogs with catchy names. You live and die by a budget. You max out your Roth IRA contributions. And none of it matters. Because no matter how good you happen to think you are with money, your wife/husband/live-in lovah will be certain that you […]

After Tax Day, What Next? Assess Your Overall Financial Health

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Now that April 15 has come and gone you might feel like kicking back, regardless of whether you got socked on your taxes (like I did) or made a nice little refund (as I hope you did). But as I like to stress in these columns, the act of financial education and improving your financial […]

How To Use A Mobile Phone Abroad (Without Getting A Crazy Bill)

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Planning on traveling abroad? Don’t forget about your cell phone usage. International cell phone usage can be very expensive if you don’t plan correctly. That is, if your phone even works at all. Here are some tips for making sure that you have an affordable working phone.

Why Owning a Home is a Bad Investment — But Often a Smart Decision

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Experiential learning is always better than any lesson from a book. But when it comes to personal finance, too often the experience comes at the price of losing or spending way too much money. This past summer, my wife and I decided to finish our basement. We met with our contractor, who was honest and […]

Funny Money: Spotting Wastes of Money Disguised as Good Deals

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Marketing wizards spend their days conjuring up hypnotic spells meant to part you with your money. These spells, which are cast via marketing pitches, trick you into thinking you’re getting something extra for your money by taking advantage of a special offer. Cheap sons of pitches like me, who are constantly seeking deals, are particularly […]

How To Get Approved For Your First Mortgage

How to get approved for your first mortgage.

Mortgage lenders tightened their fists after the recession, but it’s still possible for young buyers to get approved for a mortgage. What you need to know.