Category Archives: Personal Finance

China Exports Soar with Record July Trade Surplus

China posted record trade surplus numbers in July with soaring exports, statistics which aren’t going to please Washington. China’s trade surplus how stands at $47.3 billion, up 15.7 billion from June, when it sat at $31.6 billion. The US believes … Continue reading

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FICO to Change Their Scoring System Which Could Help Millions Save Billions

Credit scores are an important factor when determining how much consumers pay in interest for such things as car loans and mortgages, along with a host of other areas it can affect a consumer’s personal finances. Since credit scores can … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Organ Donation: Should People Get Paid for Their Organs?

There are currently 120,000 people in the U.S who need an organ donation, and every day 18 of them will die waiting. Those on the list for kidneys or a liver could be waiting for five years or longer. It’s … Continue reading

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How You Helped a Russian Hacking Ring Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords

This week Hold Security shared disturbing news that a small circuit of Russian hackers has collected over a billion usernames, passwords and other information which can be used to steal identities, and commit theft. The company, based in Milwaukee, is … Continue reading

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Consumers Win as Sprint and T-Mobile Deal Collapses

The announcement today that Sprint Corporation is no longer chasing the purchase of T-Mobile isn’t likely to be noticed much by anyone other than those in the mobile industry, but it’s something all consumers should happily celebrate, at least when … Continue reading

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Is Walmart Open Today?

Is Walmart open today? Unless today is Christmas, chances are Yes, it is. (see full list and qualifiers below) There are times when you need to go to the store no matter what day it happens to be, and if … Continue reading

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Should You Start Taking a Daily Aspirin to Reduce the Chance of Cancer?

When people think about the benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin regimen, they usually associate it with helping prevent the risk of heart disease. While there is ample evidence that it can help in this area, that may not be … Continue reading

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Microsoft Offers Surface Pro 3 to Students at a $150 Discount

As summer builds and many college students look toward a new semester, Microsoft has come to market with a decent new student and teacher discount on the the Surface Pro 3. The discount is $150 on all three models, making … Continue reading

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11 Ways to Save Money at Panera Bread

Panera Bread is a popular fast food establishment enjoyed by many people across the country. With a wide array of soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastries, it’s no wonder they have a large customer base. While it may be a fan … Continue reading

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Scrabble Fanatics Rewarded with 5000 New Words

Scrabble board politics are set to become a whole lot juicier with the introduction of 5000 new words to the fifth addition of Merriam-Webster’s The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. The book, which is widely considered the Scrabble bible, has been … Continue reading

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Study Shows Video Games Are Good for Kids in Small Doses

Research published this week in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that video games might not be as bad for kids as most people think. Console and handheld fantasy games have previously been portrayed as having monstrous effects on children, supposedly … Continue reading

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Average National Gas Price Sinks to $3.50 According to AAA

More good news for motorists trying to save money. Only a few days into August, and the trend of declining gas prices, which began in July (30 of the 31 days in July saw a decrease in gas prices), has … Continue reading

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How to Become a Coupon Expert

Everyone has experienced the chaos of grocery shopping, and an equal number of people have experienced the checkout lane cringe that occurs when the total amount owed is given by the clerk. Interestingly, many people know there are ways to … Continue reading

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Great Amazon Coins Deal for Amazon Fire Phone and Other Android Devices

For anyone who owns a Amazon Android device such as anĀ Amazon Fire Phone, Kindle or Fire TV, there is currently a great deal going on for new app or in-app purchases. In addition, any Android device with the Amazon Appstore … Continue reading

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The Amazon Fire Phone Does What You’d Expect; Make It Easy to Spend Money

No matter what you may think of the Amazon Fire Phone‘s other specs, there is one thing that’s abundantly clear about it – this phone was created with the sole intent of separating you from your money. While critics may … Continue reading

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GM Faulty Ignition Switch Issues Extend to Its Website

It hasn’t been a good year for General Motors and recalls. Those recall troubles aren’t limited to just vehicles, but also to its website. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators have called out GM saying people who search its … Continue reading

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S&P 500 has Worst Week in Two Years and Dow in Negative Territory for the Year

It only took a couple of days at the end of the week to completely change the recent stock market momentum. On Wednesday it appeared there still might be a chance for the Dow Jones industrial average to reach a … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs Bill Making It Legal to Unlock Cell Phones

Good news for consumers. Last month both the Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill which allows customers to unlock their cellphone so it isn’t tethered to a specific service provider. President Obama has now signed the legislation turning … Continue reading

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FDA Gluten Free Labeling to Remove Confusion for Consumers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a date for the new gluten-free labeling rules to come into play. Beginning August 5th 2014, foods with more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten can no longer be … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Adds Free Credit Reports

Credit Karma went back to its roots with the announcement the company will now offer free credit reports in the same way they offer free credit scores. That is, those who sign up for their service will now be able … Continue reading

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