Category Archives: Personal Finance

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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Steps to Avoid T-Mobile Third-Party Cramming Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint alleging T-Mobile tacitly let their customers get scammed out of hundreds of millions of dollars while the company profited in the process should be a wake-up call to all. T-Mobile likely isn’t the only … Continue reading

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50% of Americans Have a Chronic Disease: CDC Reveals the Cost of Unhealthy Living

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded chronic diseases and conditions are among the most common, and preventable, of all health problems. As of 2012, these diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis affect … Continue reading

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Target Wants You to Leave Your Guns at Home

John Mulligan, interim CEO of the American retail company Target Corporation, released a request of all customers today. While in many states, openly carrying firearms in public places is legal, either with a license or with no such restrictions, patrons … Continue reading

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The Best Deals Available at 4th of July Sales 2014

Independence day is a federal holiday, and a time when many families get together to celebrate the founding of our nation. It’s also a time when retail stores have big sales to mark the event. The question is, what are … Continue reading

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July 4: What’s Open and What’s Closed on Independence Day 2014

Independence Day is just around the corner. For those who are planning to spend some time away from the back yard barbecue, it’s good to know what businesses are and aren’t open on July 4. With July 4 landing on … Continue reading

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