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Govt. Shutdown: A How-To

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 9:00am

The only way to cut the size of an unwieldy federal budget is a government shutdown. While that may sound inflammatory, only such a drastic move will get the job done. Here is a practical guide on how to do that.

Lotteries: A Very Bad Bet

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 9:00am

Lottery income is rising, supposedly a boon to schools, which the money is meant to aid. With state lottery sales of $68 billion nationally in 2012 (the last year with numbers available), up 9% from 2011, you’d think the beneficial impact would be growing. Not so. Education doesn’t get much of a return, nor do the few lottery winners.

Know Credit Score Basics

Submitted by Kimberly Howard on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 3:00pm

You probably carry around credit cards or took out a loan for a major purchase at least once. As a result, you also carry around a credit score – a nebulous number you definitely can’t take for granted. Here are some common facts about credit scores and ideas of how to give yours a turbo boost.

After-School Activities Mania

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:00pm

Extracurricular activities can help your kids grow far beyond book learning in the school years. Getting the most out of after-school or weekend fun and games, though, means sharpening how you control both the time and money you expend.

How Apple Humbled Sony

Submitted by Larry Elkin on Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:00am

In the ever-changing world of technology, glory is fleeting. Apple, now the world’s most valuable publicly traded corporation in stock value, vanquished many foes to get there. The greatest example of this is how it humbled one-time giant Sony.

Once, Sony was preeminent. Back when I was in high school, my grandmother bought my family our first color TV, a Sony Trinitron. She wanted it to be the best, and Sony’s products were what picky people were buying.

Your Car Crash’s Costs (Pt.2)

Submitted by John Friedman on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:00pm

Our first article looked at some of the immediate aftermath of your car accident, from the busted glass to your busted heart over a crash involving your old wheeled buddy. The good news is that, if your car isn’t totaled, your insurance company pays to fix it– if you know your options and negotiate smart.

Improving Your Credit Score

Submitted by Sophia Bera on Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

Your credit score is like the GPA of your finances. To get better financial options in the future, you should know your credit score and how you can improve it if necessary.

Your credit score plays a role in almost every financial aspect of your life. Banks check your credit score to determine whether or not to approve you for credit and how much you pay in interest charges. Your landlord may ask for your credit score for your lease application, and more and more employers are interested in it as a way to measure how responsible you are.