Category Archives: Personal Finance

Is the Post Office Open on Presidents’ Day 2015?

Presidents’ Day (officially known as Washington’s Birthday from the congressional act which created it as a federal holiday) is the third federal holiday of 2015, and it’s celebrated on the third Monday each February. In 2015, the holiday lands on … Continue reading

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Are Banks Open on Presidents’ Day 2015

Presidents’ Day will be celebrated on Monday, February 16, 2015, and it can sometimes be a bit confusing as to whether or not credit unions, banks and other financial institutions are open for business on this holiday. Presidents’ Day is … Continue reading

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Powerball $500 Million Winning Numbers Odds

Tonight’s winning Powerball numbers: 11 – 13 – 25 – 39 – 54 with Powerball: 19 For those who have purchased a Powerball ticket for tonight’s drawing, they will anxiously be waiting for the announcement of the winning numbers tonight. … Continue reading

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What’s Open and Closed on Valentine’s Day 2015

February 14, Valentine’s Day, is a day celebrated by many people, but it’s not a federal holiday. What gets a bit confusing is Valentine’s Day happens to land on a Saturday in 2015, and this particular Saturday is part of … Continue reading

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What Are the US National Holidays for 2015?

Here’s a question to ponder. What are the United States national holidays? If you answered any holiday which came to mind, your answer would have been incorrect. That’s because there is no such thing as a US national holiday. When … Continue reading

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$450 Million Powerball Will Be One of the Biggest Lottery Jackpots Ever in the US

With the announcement that there was no winning ticket for the $380 million Powerball jackpot on February 7, 2015, the next drawing instantly became one of the top five biggest lottery jackpots in US history. The current estimated jackpot for … Continue reading

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Study Says It May Not Be Bad to Settle for ‘Mr. Okay’ over ‘Mr. Perfect’

In a recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports titled “Risk sensitivity as an evolutionary adaptation,” the researches found when choosing a partner, Mr. Okay could be a better choice than Mr. Perfect. In the words of co-author Chris Adami, … Continue reading

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A Glass of Red Wine May Help You Burn Fat

So many of us are looking to lose weight this year. We’ve purchased the gym memberships, the new gym clothes and running shoes. But beware, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic told the Huffington … Continue reading

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Powerball Jackpot Soars to $450 Million, But You Still Won’t Win

There were a lot of people who had dreams dashed on Saturday night when nobody picked all the winning numbers for the Powerball lottery. There were many who were hoping to win the jackpot, which reached $390 million, but nobody … Continue reading

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Medicare Will Cover Smokers’ Yearly Lung Cancer CT Scans

High medical costs and poor health outcomes in America compared to its global counterparts inspired our healthcare overhaul and the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2012, and now a significant provision has been added. According to NBC News, … Continue reading

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US Economy Adds 257,000 New Jobs in January, 1 Million in Three Months

Last month, approximately 257,000 new jobs were created in both high- and low-paying industries according to a report from the Labor Department on Friday. The past three months have now seen the addition of 1 million jobs and thus represents … Continue reading

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PowerBall Fever Grows with Lottery Jackpot Estimated to be $380 Million

There are a rush of people out buying lottery tickets for the Saturday evening Powerball lottery drawing which is now estimated to reach $380 million. Despite the long odds, whenever lotteries move above the $300 million mark, there seems to … Continue reading

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New York City Subway System Biodiversity Includes Bacteria Harmful to Humans

For germaphobes forced to ride the New York City subway, perhaps this would be a good place to stop reading. According to research conducted by a team of scientists at Weill Cornell Medical School, New York’s subways system is filled … Continue reading

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Forget Credit Scores: Now Almost Anyone Can Finance a Car

It’s a headline that could all too easily be referring to mortgages of the pre-2007 era, except for the mention of car finance. Back then, banks would happily approve mortgages at a rate of seven-times income with minimal affordability checks … Continue reading

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Did Credit Karma Just Fundamentally Change the Free Credit Score Industry?

Credit Karma recently announced it was now offering all its customers two free credit reports, an expansion from the one it had previously been offering. Most of those following Credit Karma and the free credit score and report industry looked … Continue reading

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CDC Says One in Four Nonsmokers Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

The good news is those exposed to secondhand smoke from smokers has declined by more than half over the past decade, but the bad news is 25 percent of nonsmokers are still exposed to secondhand smoke despite the improvements. The … Continue reading

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Is It Possible to Buy a Car with a Credit Card?

For those who love their cash-back, airline miles or other reward credit cards, the question, “Can I buy a car with a credit card?” has likely crossed their mind at some point. It makes sense. A car is a large … Continue reading

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Can I Use the Costco Pharmacy Without a Membership?

When you look at places to buy prescription drugs to get the best price, Costco warehouses are usually near the top of the list. The problem is, there is a $55 membership fee in order to become a member of … Continue reading

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The Pirate Bay Free File Sharing Site Is Back, But Without Former Staff

The Pirate Bay (TPB) is an infamous (depending on your perspective) website where visitors can download, search and contribute torrent files and magnet links to its server; users interact with the website much as they would interact with a browser … Continue reading

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Health Insurance May Affect Your Tax Refund

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare, strives to ensure that all Americans are covered by health insurance. Part of the impetus for the passage of the ACA is that Americans continue to spend significantly more on healthcare than … Continue reading

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