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Five Car Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself to Save Money

By Richard Reina It’s no secret that the cost of owning a vehicle can come at a steep price. According to the American Automobile Association, in 2017 the total cost of owning and operating a new car averaged about $8,469 a year, with maintenance and repairs costing drivers almost $1,200 annually. […]

Should a Person Pay Attention to Financial News?

This started off as a reader mailbag question, but as many of them do, the answer ended up with so much detail that it grew into an article of its own. Lori wrote in to ask this: What financial news do you pay attention to? FBN? CNBC? Do you read WSJ? My initial answer was straightforward: I don’t really pay any attention to financial news at all. I don’t watch Fox Business Network. […]

Should a Person Pay Attention to Financial News?

This started off as a reader mailbag question, but as many of them do, the answer ended up with so much detail that it grew into an article of its own. Lori wrote in to ask this: What financial news do you pay attention to? FBN? CNBC? Do you read WSJ? My initial answer was straightforward: I don’t really pay any attention to financial news at all. I don’t watch Fox Business Network. […]

What Is a Mixed Credit File, and How Do You Fix It?

Believe it or not, the credit reporting agencies (CRAs) actually make quite the effort to maintain accurate data and to post only correct information on your credit reports. They do this because credit reporting mistakes can be costly — and bad for their image, too. […]

What Is a Mixed Credit File, and How Do You Fix It?

Believe it or not, the credit reporting agencies (CRAs) actually make quite the effort to maintain accurate data and to post only correct information on your credit reports. They do this because credit reporting mistakes can be costly — and bad for their image, too. […]

Questions About Unit Pricing, Social Security, Cloth Napkins, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Unit pricing 2. Waiting for Social Security 3. Handling leftovers 4. Relocating as a contractor 5. Sudden credit score decline 6. Relocating as a contractor 7. Second jobs for additional income 8. […]

529 Plans: How They Work and When to Use Them

If you’re thinking about saving for your child’s college education, you’ve probably heard of 529 plans. They’ve been the go-to college savings account for a while now, and with the recent changes to our tax code they’ve become even more flexible. […]

529 Plans: How They Work and When to Use Them

If you’re thinking about saving for your child’s college education, you’ve probably heard of 529 plans. They’ve been the go-to college savings account for a while now, and with the recent changes to our tax code they’ve become even more flexible. […]

Cheap DIY Solutions to Spring Yard and Household Hassles

When spring arrives, plants return to life and many creatures stir from dormancy. Sometimes, you wish they hadn’t. When my wife and I bought our house five years ago, it was the first home of our adult lives that wasn’t an apartment. […]