Category Archives: Personal Finance

Reasons You Really Should Quit Facebook for 99 Days of Freedom

We all know that we spend more time than we should on Facebook. After Facebook conducted a controversial experiment to see if they were able to manipulated people’s emotions (which they were), more people began to question whether being on … Continue reading

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FTC Claims Amazon Illegally Billed Parents Millions of Dollars for In-App Purchases

Mobile apps have figured out a clever (and lucrative) way to make money. The profit doesn’t lie in selling the game itself, but selling the user in-game advantages which allows for greater progression and easier advancement. These in-app purchases are … Continue reading

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July 11: Krispy Kreme Anniversary, 7-11 Day and Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day Deals

It’s not often you have great deals going on at different retail outlets to celebrate different events, but for those who like to get a good deal, July 11, 2014, is one of the better days to find one. There … Continue reading

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Quit Facebook for 99 Days and Be Happy: Gain 28 Hours of Valuable Time

Time is valuable. The cost of wasted time can end up being quite expensive. For example, cutting down on time spent watching TV can have dramatic positive financial consequences. For the average person who spends 17 minutes a day on … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Has Its BBB Rating Fall Due to FTC Settlement

The Credit Karma settlement with the FTC seems to have hurt its Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. While many of its competitors have a rating of “A” or “A+” with the BBB, Credit Karma only has a “B” rating. This … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Warns Parents Against Using Spray-On Sunscreen for Kids

If you plan to spend any amount of time outside, sunscreen is important. Very important. But as any parent with a small child knows, it can be difficult to get sunscreen on kids who often don’t like the creams and … Continue reading

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20 Great Places to Escape the Heat

A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece about things you could do to beat the heat on a budget. Now that summer’s here again, I’d like to take that list a step further and give you a list … Continue reading

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You’re Obese Because You’re Lazy, Not Because You Eat Too Much

A report by Stanford University researchers, set to appear in the American Journal of Medicine’s August issue, shows a remarkable correlation between a dwindling amount of time spent exercising and the worrisome rise of obesity among Americans. Somewhat surprisingly, the … Continue reading

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Bill Gates Wants to Give Remote Control Micro Chip Birth Control to Women

Women might be saying goodbye to taking a daily pill (or other birth control methods available today) in the the coming years. The future of birth control may come in the form of a microchip, at least if the Bill … Continue reading

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LifeLock Says Those Getting Married Are Eight Times More Likely to Experience Identity Theft

Getting married or having a child should be a wonderfully happy time where you shouldn’t have to worry about others taking advantage of you, but that’s exactly what a lot of scam artists do. A survey conducted earlier this year … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Warns Shoppers Who Get Store Credit Cards for a Discount

It wasn’t that long ago when retail stores would offer you a freebie to open up a credit card account. While this still happens, there has been a shift to retail outlets offering an immediate percentage discount off of a … Continue reading

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Washington State Legal Recreational Marijuana Won’t Be Cheap

Washington state will begin selling the first legal recreational marijuana in licensed stores this week, but those who wander into the few which are open may also find a bit of sticker shock. That’s because the price of marijuana at … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Defends Speaking Fees Going to Charity: Fees Former Top Politicians Get

Hillary Rodhan Clinton has defended her six-figure speaking fees at universities by saying these fees haven’t gone to her for the past year and a half, but to charity through the Clinton Foundation. The controversy came to a head when … Continue reading

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Experts Point to Four Major Future Threats to an Unrestricted Internet

Will the Internet always be as free as it is today? It’s certainly less restrictive in some places of the world than others, and many companies and governments have a different view of how free it should be compared to … Continue reading

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S&P 500 and Dow Hit Record Highs While Less than Half of People Own Stocks

As both the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index hit record highs, most of the nation doesn’t have much to celebrate. That’s because less than half of Americans actually own stocks these days, so there is no financial … Continue reading

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EPIC Fail: Facebook Study Provokes Formal Complaint from Privacy Group

On Thursday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requesting the company be investigated. The thirteen page complaint (PDF) states Facebook “purposefully messed with people’s minds” in order to conduct … Continue reading

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No More Excuses: Even Small Amounts of Meditation Can Relieve Stress

Most of us have heard meditation can be a great way to achieve stress relief. The problem is most people don’t want to spend months training, and hours a day meditating, to get that stress relief. For those who have … Continue reading

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Dow Tops 17,000 and S&P 500 Hits Record High in Short Week of Trading

A short week for stocks couldn’t dampen trader’s spirits as both the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index hit new all-time highs in the week leading up to the Fourth of July. With stock markets taking a break … Continue reading

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The Guide to Quitting Your Job and Starting a Business You’ll Love

Working for someone else is never someone’s idea of a dream job. In fact, many people sit in their regular job and dream of starting their own business. If you have ever thought about doing this, what’s holding you back? … Continue reading

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There Are Some Banks and Credit Unions Open on the 4th of July 2014

Since Independence Day is a federal holiday, the vast majority of banks and credit unions are closed, along with some other businesses. There are some exceptions to the rule, however, and there will be a few banks and credit unions … Continue reading

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