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  • Remember, you’re a part owner in the property or resort, so you’re responsible for helping pay maintenance costs, property taxes and other expenses related to the property management. Those maintenance fees are why you should always purchase a timeshare from a current owner rather than buying directly from a developer. …

  • The 10 Best Bargains at Drugstores Money Talks News - 18 hours ago

    When it comes to most items, drugstore chains such as Walgreens or CVS frequently can’t compete on price with stores such as Walmart, Target or the local grocery store. For example, WildForWags and WildForCVS owner Christie Hardcastle told me she regularly finds deals at chain drugstores that beat the pants off big box …

  • Don’t buy these 7 things at a dollar store Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 5:15 AM EST
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    Dollar stores can be great places to pick up inexpensive items, but sometimes you get what you pay for. If you would rather not reduce your home to embers, we suggest you steer clear of cords and electric devices from dollar stores. As far back as 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned about faulty power …

  • The Best (and Worst) States to Spend Your Golden Years Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:47 AM EST

    Although the United States is one of the best countries in which to spend your sunset years, “each state offers a very different quality of life for its older residents,” 24/7 Wall St reported. The best states in which to grow old also rated high in these areas: strong income security for seniors, reliable access to guaranteed …

  • What’s Your State’s Integrity Grade? Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:31 AM EST

    They tout the transparency of legislative processes, accessibility of records, and the openness of public meetings. “It’s a terrible problem,” said Tim Potts, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Democracy Rising PA, which works to inspire citizen trust in government.

  • Comcast Renames Customer ‘A**hole’ on Billing Statement Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:28 AM EST

    I imagine that anyone who works customer service has had bad days when they would like to lash out. The story was first reported on a blog by consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. Evidently, Ricardo Brown’s wife, Lisa, called Comcast to cancel their cable. Instead of simply following through on her request, Comcast …

  • A Third of Americans Would Rather Give Up Sex Than Cellphones Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 11:20 AM EST

    Those were the results of a survey by Boston Consulting Group. “More than three in 10 would stop seeing their friends in person” for a year to keep from surrendering their phone, Bloomberg said.

  • Tax Hacks 2015: 6 Things Sneaky Tax Preparers Won’t Tell You Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    From fraud to incompetence to hinky tricks to outright ripoffs, the field of tax preparation is a magnet for some of the worst consumer abuses. In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson describes common tax-time schemes to part you from your money. After watching, read on to find out what the worst tax …

  • Will an HSA Slow The Bleeding From Your Medical Bills? Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:40 AM EST

    A Health Savings Account may help you save on taxes while socking away money for medical expenses, but it’s not the right bandage for every family’s budget. If you are eligible, there’s still time to apply an HSA’s therapeutic deduction to your 2014 tax return as well as setting yourself up for 2015. Here’s how it works: …

  • Albertsons, Safeway Agree to Sell 168 Stores to Complete Merger Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 1:06 AM EST

    Grocery shoppers in eight states will soon see changes as Albertsons and Safeway sell 168 stores to win approval of their $9.8 billion supermarket sweep. The Federal Trade Commission says the divestiture is necessary to keep supermarkets competitive in 130 communities affected by Safeway and Albertsons’ merger, which is …

  • If Economic Recovery is Passing You By, You’re Far From Alone Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 12:49 AM EST

    Some of the key indicators, including improvements in the housing market, unemployment and stocks, point to yes. A new report, released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, found that millions of Americans have essentially been bypassed by the economic recovery in the United States. In addition, when it comes …

  • Sorry Football Fans, NFL Mobile App Leaked Users’ Personal Data Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 12:26 AM EST

    With the biggest football game of the year just days away, it seems the NFL needs to talk about better defense – not on the field, but off – for its NFL Mobile app. According to mobile data gateway Wandera, the NFL Mobile app, both the iOS and Android versions, has a “serious security hole” that leaves its users’ personal …

  • Will Obamacare Complicate Your Taxes? Not Likely Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    We’ve been talking about it for years, but this is the year the Affordable Care Act finally shows up on your tax return. The health insurance mandate imposed by Obamacare was implemented last year, and now it’s time to pay the piper if you didn’t sign up for coverage. Do you get your health insurance in any of these ways? …

  • 5 Things to Think About Before Going to Back to School After Age 50 Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:50 AM EST

    Older workers who’ve been downsized don’t need me to tell them the job market is brutal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of December 2014, the average length of unemployment for a 55- to 64-year-old was 54.6 weeks.

  • Prepare For Takeoff! Top Picks in Airline Credit Cards Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:29 AM EST

    It’s hard to sit on a flight or walk down a concourse these days without being offered an airline-branded credit card: A Visa or MasterCard with the airline’s logo promising perks ranging from free checked bags to free flights. The answer depends on factors including the amount of travel you do, whether miles are transferable, …

  • Twitter Unveils 30-Second Video, Direct Messaging Expansion Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 4:06 AM EST

    Twitter is rolling out video and messaging features designed to get you to use its services more. When you’re added to a group, you’ll get a notification.” You may get to meet more people this way, Twitter says. Twitter enlisted entertainer Neil Patrick Harris to introduce the video service. Instructions on using videos …

  • IRS: Be on Guard For Identity Theft and Other Tax Season Scams Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 12:52 AM EST

    If you’re not careful, you could find yourself doing battle for your tax refund. You may not discover that there’s a problem until you try to file your legitimate tax return. So, one common sense measure: File early, and give would-be scammers less time to get their hands on your Social Security number and file a fraudulent …

  • Sprint and T-Mobile’s Battle for Customers Drives New Cellphone Savings Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:22 AM EST

    You may be the winner in a price war that has erupted between major mobile phone carriers Sprint and T-Mobile. Sprint’s latest salvo targets all T-Mobile customers by offering a minimum $200 value when they take their wireless numbers to Sprint stores and trade in their current working T-Mobile smartphones. The offer, …

  • Ask Stacy: Do I Need a Financial Adviser, or Can I Manage My Money Myself? Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:20 AM EST

    Do I really need a financial adviser to handle my money, or will I do just fine in a low fee Vanguard [mutual fund] or something similar? When it comes to quality advice, these are all interchangeable labels.

  • Definitely buy these 15 things at a dollar store Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:15 AM EST
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    Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson talked to a savings expert to find out what types of items you should definitely buy at a dollar store. Watch the video, and then keep reading for more dollar store deals. There is no reason to spend $4 to $5 or more on a greeting card when dollar stores typically have a wide selection …

  • 5 Things to Do With Your $750 (Gas Savings) Bonus Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:11 AM EST

    How will you spend your gas savings? According to President Obama in his recent State of the Union address, the typical family should save $750 this year, thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards.

  • World’s Worst Passwords: Did Yours Make the List? Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 10:53 AM EST

    SplashData used more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 to create its “worst of” list. “Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.

  • Pregnant? There’s a Wine For You! Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 10:47 AM EST

    Pregnant women might find it a little depressing when celebratory “cheers” start up at a party, followed by the clinking of glasses, if their beverage is a can of Sprite, or a cup of ice water. A North Carolina mom and entrepreneur had those expectant women in mind when she created 9Months, a non-alcoholic sparkling wine. …

  • 9 Moves to Make When Your Flight Is Canceled Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 2:52 PM EST

    Then read about nine ways to cope with a cancellation. If you’re able to find a flight on another airline, ask the first airline to endorse your ticket to the new carrier.

  • AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint…and Google? Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:53 AM EST

    Google may soon join the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The Internet search giant is working on becoming the next wireless carrier. Google, which makes Android software, has inked deals with Sprint and T-Mobile that allow the company to carry its service over their networks instead of building its own, which …

  • A $29 Smartphone? Yep Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:33 AM EST

    It may be small, but the Nokia 215 has Internet connectivity and a camera and it costs just $29, making it the world’s cheapest smartphone. Launched by Microsoft, the Nokia 215 will only be released in areas of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, CNN Money reports. With our ultra-affordable mobile phones and digital …

  • 20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last Longer Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:28 AM EST

    In the video below, Money Talks News savings expert Stacy Johnson has some suggestions on how to do just that. After opening items packaged in jars or cartons, such as salsa, spaghetti sauce and cottage cheese, store them upside down to keep mold at bay and your items fresh longer. Wrap your salad greens in a paper towel …

  • How Losing Your Job Now Can Cost You Social Security Money Later Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:27 AM EST

    A layoff might be a kick in the butt now, but it could also take a bite out of your Social Security benefits later. Think of it as the takeaway that keeps on taking, whether you were just starting your career or, even more markedly, if you’re 10 to 15 years from your planned retirement. Each situation differs, but the …

  • Tax Hacks 2015: Here Are 15 Apps to Make Your Life Less (Income) Taxing Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:07 AM EST

    He’s compiled a list of the best smartphone apps to help you organize your records and file your tax return. Let’s start with the apps that help you organize your records. Your life will be easier if you use these apps throughout the year rather than trying to wade through a pile of receipts in January, but procrastination …

  • Don’t Get Stuck Without the Basics: 10 Pantry Staples to Start Any Meal Money Talks News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:50 AM EST

    This is why staple foods, which work well with many meals, are so important. In this video, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson shares the best staple foods to start any meal. They can be prepared in many different ways, from hard boiled eggs to grilled eggs. Pasta has long been a staple food item filled with fiber …

  • Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have agreed to pay a combined $35.7 million settlement for their participation in an alleged mortgage kickback scheme with a now-defunct Maryland-based title company. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the banks referred thousands of consumers to Genuine Title for real …

  • Tax Hacks 2015: How to Use Your Tax Refund to Change Your Life Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 11:44 AM EST

    Taxpayers received, on average, $2,696 in refunds last year, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson shares his advice and tips in the video below. You earned it but chose to bank with the Treasury Department instead of taking it in your paychecks. Gather …

  • Survey: More Than Half of Americans Too Much In Debt to Save For Retirement Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 11:12 AM EST

    Ready or not, your retirement is approaching. More than half of American workers say they are too far in debt to save adequately for retirement, says the HSBC study, which surveyed 16,000 people online in 15 countries, including 1,000 in the United States. Watch the video and then read on for tips on retirement savings. …

  • Amazon Yanks Its Diapers for Design Change Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:33 AM EST

    Amazon needs to change its diapers. The diapers are part of Amazon’s new Elements line, which is available solely to Amazon Prime members. Among the selling points for Elements products, which also include baby wipes, is that they are ethically sourced, as we reported here earlier. In an email to customers, Amazon said …

  • Milk Turnaround Promises a Bright Spot in Your Budget Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:31 AM EST

    After seeing milk prices balloon to record highs in 2014, you’ll soon be able to drink in some savings in the dairy aisle. Just last year, dairy farmers were overwhelmed trying to meet the global milk demand. “With milk prices set to decline on the farm starting in January because of increased supply both in the U.S. …

  • FTC: Credit Report Errors Can Take Years to Fix Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 12:43 AM EST

    It can be a long, frustrating road between identifying an error on your credit report and getting the mistake fixed. In fact, the process can be so long and cumbersome that consumers give up, leaving unresolved errors on their reports, according to a report from the Federal Trade Commission. In its sixth and final congressionally …

  • Watch the Super Bowl for Free, No Cable Required Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM EST

    NBC announced it will provide a free, live stream of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The 11-hour video stream, dubbed “Super Stream Sunday” will begin with pregame coverage at noon Eastern Time, according to NBCUniversal. The stream will include the halftime show, starring Katy Perry. NBC live-streamed the Super Bowl in 2012, …

  • 10 Ways to Eat Healthier Without Paying More Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 10:30 AM EST

    According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, it could cost you an extra $550 per year or more to eat healthy. Using a menu plan and a list is a good way to ensure you are only buying food you’ll use.

  • It’s Not All Credit Scores: Other Things Your Lender Might Be Looking At Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 10:15 AM EST

    In the video below, Money Talks News money expert Stacy Johnson offers tips on how to improve your credit score.

  • Federal Judge Clobbers Dish for Telemarketing Violations Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 2:13 AM EST

    Have you received an annoying telemarketing call from Dish Network, even though your phone number is on the Do Not Call list or you’ve asked Dish to quit calling you? Dish Network has been found liable for more than 57 million telemarketing violations. A U.S. District Court ruled that the satellite TV company repeatedly …

  • Kiss-and-Drop Fee at the Airport: It’s Already Happening in the UK Money Talks News - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 12:56 AM EST

    According to the Telegraph, Scotland’s Aberdeen International Airport is the latest U.K. airport to impose a “kiss and drop” charge. Although airport users are understandably frustrated with the new fee, airport officials say the move was necessary for safety reasons and to reduce traffic congestion. We have been aware …

  • Tax Hacks 2015: Avoid These 10 Common Filing Mistakes Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 11:07 AM EST

    Money Talks News finance expert Stacy Johnson spoke with Tom Sawyer, a CPA with Sawyer & Latimer PA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to uncover some of the most common tax-time mistakes. On its list of common tax mistakes, the IRS puts wrong and missing Social Security numbers at the top. Long gone are the days in which you …

  • Yes, You Can Afford College: 4 Tips for Getting Scholarships Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 10:20 AM EST

    Now, let’s look at scholarships, which can ease your burden, or even pay the whole way. If you are a parent, the more you can help your busy students, the more scholarship money they are likely to earn. Here are some helpful things to know about getting scholarships. My children received thousands of dollars in scholarship …

  • Payday Lenders Pony Up Record Fine for Deceiving Borrowers Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 4:31 AM EST

    In a record-setting settlement, the Federal Trade Commission has recovered $21 million from two payday lenders accused of deceiving borrowers by charging them undisclosed, bloated fees. According to the FTC, AMG Services, Inc. and MNE Services, Inc. will waive another $285 million in customer charges as part of the settlement. …

  • ‘Breastaurants’ Thrive as Other Eateries Struggle Money Talks News - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 4:15 AM EST

    Times have been tough for such casual restaurant chains as Red Lobster and TGI Friday’s, where growth has stalled or even declined. But it’s a different story for restaurants whose main course is served ...

  • Experts ID Top Threat to Global Stability: ‘Staggering’ Inequality Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 6:00 PM EST

    It is cliche, but unfortunately true, and it describes the biggest threat to the global economy, according to experts gathered in Switzerland this week. The report, which incorporates contributions from 700 global experts, analyzes 31 global risks, measuring each risk in terms of its likelihood and potential impact. The …

  • Yes, You Can Afford College: Completing the FAFSA Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 2:23 PM EST

    In fact, the National Center for Education Statistics says enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities increased 37 percent between 2000 and 2010. There are great options for financial aid out there. The government makes federal student aid available in the form of grants that don’t need to be paid back, student loans …

  • Are Private Schools Really Better Than Public? Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 11:35 AM EST

    Public schools are close, convenient and oh so cheap, but private schools tantalize parents with the promise of a better start on a successful future. Many public schools are no longer truly free. Each year, you get a list of classroom supplies to buy, and there may be the unspoken expectation you’ll have a computer for …

  • Obama Wants to Tax the Rich to Cover Tax Cuts for the Middle Class Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 3:50 AM EST

    In an effort to shrink the widening gap between the middle class and the wealthiest Americans, President Obama will urge Congress to hike taxes and fees on the rich to cover tax breaks for the middle class. Obama will detail his proposal during his State of the Union address Tuesday, The New York Times reports. The plan …

  • Millennials Spend Big Bucks on Media Money Talks News - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 3:48 AM EST

    Millennials have been called the “generation that won’t spend,” but at least when it comes to their media-purchasing habits, that appears to be untrue. According to a recent report, this generation is ponying up some serious cash for movies, music, video games and other media content. Consultancy Deloitte predicts that …

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