I'm a nationally syndicated consumer/personal finance TV reporter.
A good budget is the best tool for reaching your financial goals. If you've ever begun a budget only to give it up days, weeks or months later, or know someone who has, you need to
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Consumer Affairs, Credit Cards, Debt Management
When it comes to erasing debt, you've got options. You can do it yourself, go to a credit counselor, try debt settlement or go for the nuclear bomb of debt destruction: bankruptcy.
Paying half a bill is better than paying it all. But is going to a debt settlement company the way to do it? Understand how these companies work, then decide for yourself.
There are three heavily advertised ways to find help to dig out of debt: credit counseling, debt settlement and bankruptcy. Which is best? Let's find out, starting with a closer lo
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Budgeting, Consumer Affairs, Credit Cards, Debt Management
Extended car warranties can keep you from wrecking the family budget. But you need to shop them as carefully as you do your car. Here are three things to look for.
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Cars and Transportation, Consumer Affairs
No matter the market, if you use these five steps, you'll sell your home fast.
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Real Estate and Housing
I'm doing a 90-day series on air and online to help people destroy debt. My first installment concerns the single most important thing you can do: establish goals. Read and watch f
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Personal Finance, Budgeting, Debt Management
Every December for the last five years Money Talks News has hooked up with David Wyss, the chief economist for giant research firm Standard & Poors. We sit him down in a studio and
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Investment
Textbooks have nearly tripled in price since 1987 while inflation has increased by only 72 percent. In fact, depending on where you go to school, the cost of textbooks be from 25%
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Shopping
Saving on Thanksgiving is simple...if you plan ahead.
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Food and Drink, Shopping
Junk mail kills trees; Spam and unsolicited phone calls kill your day. Here's the best way to get rid of all three!
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Consumer Affairs, Technology
As with many overpriced services, getting a better deal on pay-TV isn't hard. Just call armed with better competitive offers and threaten to leave. I did it on-camera in this story
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Consumer Affairs, General Tips
"You should never pay more than $10 for a standard six-foot HDMI cable" -CNET
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Consumer Affairs, Shopping, Technology
For those who have a job, a healthy savings account and some optimism about the long-term, it doesn’t get any better than this. Opportunity in the form of lower prices doesn’t kno
by: Stacy Johnson | channel: Investment, Real Estate and Housing