Submitted by Rick Kahler on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:00pm
The car under warranty whose engine freezes up. The valuable lost airline baggage that never shows up. The malfunctioning cable box that doesn’t get fixed or replaced. What if you, the customer, complain but get no satisfaction? Sometimes big companies with near-monopolies seem indifferent to customer service. The answer? File a small claims lawsuit. This last-ditch action gets results.
Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm
Your big jump into matrimony means you now must answer big questions about your money and financial life together.
Whether you’re engaged, newly married or a few years into a blissful marital life together, below are seven money decisions you and your partner need to make to set yourselves up for financial success.
Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:00pm
February is for romance, roses and chocolate. Let February also be when you review your free annual credit reports. Here’s how.
First, reviewing your credit reports helps nip identity theft in the bud. The recent large-scale theft of credit card information at retail giant Target reminds us of the pervasive problem of identity theft.
Submitted by Jeff Rose on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:00pm
Peer-to-peer lending (P2P), an online exchange where you lend money to others, can snag you a healthy return as an investor. The attraction if you are a borrower is that P2P can also help you escape high-interest debt.
Submitted by Rick Kahler on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:00pm
Too often, for psychological reasons, families don’t discuss their finances, particularly grown children and parents. That leads to problems. Intergenerational candor brings great benefits.
Talking about money is taboo in the U.S. If you don’t believe me, next time you’re at a social gathering ask everyone you meet these two questions: “What was your taxable income last year?” and “What is your net worth?” It’s not a recommended way to make new friends.
Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:00pm
You need to get financially organized for 2014. Here’s how.
Many people remain unsure where to start with their finances. Kick off with this printable financial checklist with actionable strategies, boxes to check off and spaces to fill in on your own. Stop stressing about your money and start writing down goals and checking your financial status.
Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:00pm
Many of us want to reduce spending in the new year. Aside from typical advice such as brown bag your lunch and skip pricey lattes (great advice, by the way), here are some other steps to take to keep more money in 2014.
Cap the price of impulse purchases. Set a limit of $100 or whatever works for your budget; wait 24 hours before deciding to buy anything costing more than that (limited time sale or not).