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  • When people talk about “Sin City” in the United States, they’re most likely referring to Las Vegas. But a new study says America’s most sinful city is known by a different nickname: The Big Easy (or the ...

  • Southwest Airlines offers a companion pass to members of its Rapid Rewards frequent flier program. “I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop, because it’s such a lucrative benefit,” Matthew Goldman, chief executive of Wallaby Financial, which tracks credit card benefits, told The Wall Street Journal. Members of Southwest’s …

  • Score Free Frozen Yogurt in Celebration of This Little-Known Holiday Money Talks News - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 2:23 AM EST

    Who knew? Saturday, Feb. 6 is National Frozen Yogurt Day– and many yogurt shops across the United States are celebrating the frozen dessert by offering customers some pretty sweet deals. Although some ...

  • How Sleep (or Lack of It) Can Affect Your Bottom Line Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 6:10 PM EST

    Just one night’s lost sleep can cost you a bundle. Kashdan tells MoneyTalksNews.com that high-quality sleep is linked to better mental functioning, including self-control, a key to financial well-being. “Each of these abilities will help you in making healthy financial decisions by considering the short-term and long-term …

  • Coupon Site Can Slash Your Grocery Bill by $300 Per Year Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:00 PM EST

    General Mills is the company behind a couple dozen food brands — including Betty Crocker, Häagen-Dazs and Cheerios, to name a few. As of today, 26 coupons worth up to $20.05 in savings are currently available through Tablespoon, which is General Mills’ website and newsletter devoted to recipes and coupons.

  • Worried About Zika Virus? Beware These 30 Travel Hot Spots Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 3:24 PM EST

    The federal government now has issued travel alerts for 30 nations and territories because of the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus poses a double threat to many of these countries and islands, as they ...

  • How to Fight Internet Data Caps — and Avoid Bigger Bills Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:21 PM EST

    Comcast has been rolling out data caps in cities across the country. Comcast may be the first to do this, but if they can pull it off, they won’t be the last. Comcast says only about 5 percent of their customers exceed this number.

  • Ask Stacy: How Can I Contact My Representatives? Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 11:45 AM EST

    In last week’s Ask Stacy column, we had a very long reader question. This week we have one at the other end of the spectrum: Is there a way to contact our congressman by email, to voice our opinion or ...

  • Now Hiring: Home Depot Seeks 80,000 New Workers Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:59 AM EST

    “There’s no better time to join our team than spring, whether you’re a college student, recent grad or a veteran hoping to build a career, a retiree who wants a fun job, or anyone who simply enjoys home improvement,” Tim Crow, the retailer’s executive vice president of human resources, said in a statement. For the past …

  • Buyer Beware: 4 Problems Home Sellers May Try to Hide Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:51 AM EST

    “It’s not unheard of to see a home with termite damage in the tens of thousands of dollars,” Greg Bauman, a former senior scientist with the National Pest Management Association and a current vice president at Pest Control Technology, explained to HouseLogic. It probably would have been better to bulldoze the house.” Real …

  • This $55 Costco Membership Deal Throws in $80 in Cash and Savings Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:41 AM EST

    If you’ve ever thought about joining Costco, this might be all you need to finally take the plunge. LivingSocial is offering its customers a $55 Costco membership deal to attract new shoppers to the popular warehouse club. Keep in mind that this offer only works for new Costco members or former Costco members whose membership …

  • IRS Technical Difficulties Plague E-File, Other Features Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 6:45 PM EST

    The Internal Revenue Service reported Wednesday that “a number” of its tax-processing systems were unavailable following a hardware failure, and the federal agency anticipated that some of those systems would remain unavailable into today.

  • 5 Easy Steps to Keep Your Computer and Tech Safe in 2016 Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 6:10 PM EST

    Depending on where you live, it might seem premature to think about spring cleaning. Computer viruses are constantly evolving as hackers become more sophisticated, and you need anti-virus protection that’s configured to detect all the latest threats.

  • America’s 5 Most Sought-After Employee Benefits and Perks Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 4:00 PM EST

    Benefits play a key role for potential employees considering whether to accept a new job, according to Glassdoor. The jobs, recruiting and employer review website reports that nearly 3 in 5 people — 57 percent — say that benefits and perks are among their top considerations before accepting a job.

  • 13 Million Americans May Be Guilty of Financial Infidelity Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 3:30 PM EST

    About 13 million Americans could have bank accounts or credit cards that their partners are unaware of, a new survey indicates. The CreditCards.com poll found that 1 in 20 respondents living with a spouse or partner admitted to currently or previously having a checking account, savings account or credit card that their …

  • Zika virus is spreading rapidly. The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. Because of disturbing correlations between Zika and serious birth defects, among other problems, the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians recommends that pregnant women (in any trimester) or those considering …

  • Watch the video of ‘Gas Is Cheap, so Why Are We Still Paying Fuel Surcharges for Shipping and Travel?’ on MoneyTalksNews.com. In 2016, we need to update the old saying that nothing is certain except death ...

  • Date-Night Deal: Dinner and Movie Tickets (Worth $124) for Just $30 Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 2:55 AM EST

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you want to spoil your sweetie but you’re short on cash, we found a perfect date-night deal for you — a romantic dinner and a movie — valued at $124 — for just $30. Restaurant.com’s two full-price movie tickets and $100 Restaurant.com eGift card offer is going on now.

  • Could an Amazon Bookstore Be Opening Near You? Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 2:45 AM EST

    Amazon is king in the online shopping world. Launched more than two decades ago as an online bookstore, the Internet-based retailer diversified over the years and now sells millions of products ranging from food and household goods to electronics and apparel. Amazon launched its first physical store in November, going …

  • Here’s How You Can Score Free Pizza This Month Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 2:16 AM EST

    Papa John’s is following up Super Bowl Sunday with “Free Pizza Monday.” To qualify, you need to spend $15 online at Papa John’s on or before Super Bowl Sunday using the promo code SUPERBOWL50, then you can cash in on a free large pizza with up to three toppings — or these select menu items — between Feb. 8 and 28 using …

  • Quick Links to Amazon’s Valentine’s Day Deals Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 6:55 PM EST

    If you’re like me, Amazon is instrumental for holiday shopping, and this Valentine’s Day will likely be no different. But while their selection of fresh flowers may leave something to be desired, they’ve ...

  • The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 6:30 PM EST

    In addition to your credit reports, it’s also critical to see your credit score. Some banks and credit cards now offer the most widely used credit score, the FICO score, as a monthly perk for their customers. You’ll need your credit score to be in great shape if you want the best rates.

  • New Form of Identity Fraud Soars as Crooks Switch Tactics Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 5:00 PM EST

    Just as new chip-and-pin credit cards help shield us from one kind of identity fraud, crooks are turning to another way to commit crimes — and it’s harder to spot. Criminals increasingly are opening credit card and other accounts in victims’ names, says a new identity fraud report by Javelin Strategy & Research, a firm …

  • Meet the Butler Service for the 99 Percent Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 4:00 PM EST

    Need Batman’s butler, Alfred, to be at your beck and call, but haven’t got Bruce Wayne’s bucks? The service, Hello Alfred, was named after Batman’s butler by Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck. Alfred can give people that “25th hour in your day,” Sapone told CNN.

  • Surveys Show How Debt Weighs on Romance Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 3:30 PM EST

    Money remains a leading cause of stress in romantic relationships, according to surveys released ahead of Valentine’s Day. In a Country Financial Security Index Survey called “‘Til Debt Due Us Part,” more than 9 in 10 of the 1,000 respondents told the insurance company it is important to discuss finances with their significant …

  • Hate Valentine’s Day? Great Solutions for Singles and Skeptics Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 11:45 AM EST

    Valentine’s Day is not all hearts and flowers. For instance, love is not limited to heterosexual relationships, despite what Hallmark would have us believe with the copy in the vast majority (if not all) of their Valentine’s cards. If you hate Valentine’s Day, you may have more company than you realize.

  • These Are the 10 Best (and Worst) States to Retire Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 2:45 AM EST

    Where retirees choose to enjoy their golden years can have a big impact on their quality of life. Personal finance website WalletHub recently released its annual list of the best and worst states for retirees. WalletHub’s rankings are based on 24 metrics, including cost of living, affordability of health care services, …

  • Get 3 Free Bagels at Bruegger’s on Thursday Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 2:00 AM EST

    As the name implies, each Bruegger’s customer can take home three free bagels on Thursday from open to 11 a.m., according to a press release. All you need to do to take advantage of the free carbs is click here and provide your name and email address, after which you’ll be given a coupon for the free bagels. “Our annual …

  • CFL Bulbs Are Going the Way of the Dinosaur Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 1:19 AM EST

    General Electric says it’s flipping the switch on compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Although CFLs offered consumers a cheap, energy-efficient alternative to standard incandescent light bulbs, GE said on its media hub GE Reports that “few people will mourn the end of the CFL era.” Consumers have long criticized the …

  • You Can Get a Free $10 Walmart Gift Card in Less Than 30 Seconds Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 12:24 AM EST

    Now’s the time to join, because not only will you start getting a rebate every time you shop online, you’ll get a $10 Walmart gift card just for signing up . Ebates offers cash back at more than 1,800 stores and there are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in and no fees. There’s no “gotcha.” Stores pay Ebates a commission …

  • Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Near $1 Billion Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 8:05 PM EST

    Legalized recreational marijuana sales are on a roll, reaching nearly $1 billion in 2015, says a new report that predicts sales will continue to grow in 2016. Recreational sales for adults grew 184 percent to $998 million from just $351 million in 2014, according to the fourth edition of “The State of Legal Marijuana Markets.” …

  • 5 Music Streaming Services That Are Still Free Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 8:04 PM EST

    What it is: iHeartRadio describes itself as “a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming service.” It allows you to listen to thousands of live stations from across the country. Free vs. paid subscriptions: iHeartRadio has no paid subscriptions — everything is free.

  • Airline Passengers Land Free Snacks Again Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 5:55 PM EST

    The snacks begin this month on American’s transcontinental flights and will be available on all domestic flights by April, the airline said. If you fly United, you might like to try a stroopwafel, a Dutch-made toasted waffle treat with caramel middle, if you’re leaving by 9:45 a.m. You may eat it straight out of the package …

  • Tax Hacks 2016: What You Need to Know if You’re Self Employed Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 4:58 PM EST

    Like everyone else, if you’re self-employed, you’ll pay personal income taxes by filing Form 1040 on or before April 15. In addition, however, the self-employed also have to pay self-employment (SE) tax, which is a combination of Social Security and Medicare taxes. You probably know that when you’re an employee, 6.2 percent …

  • Sonic Offers Half-Price Burgers for Groundhog Day Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 3:31 PM EST

    There is a double dose of good news this Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s most famous furry rodent, failed to see his shadow at dawn. According to legend, that means the nation will get ...

  • No Degree? Here Are 10 of the Best Paying Blue-Collar Jobs Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 3:01 AM EST

    “Though it may require self-employment, the support of a labor union and, in some cases, not a small amount of risk to your safety, you can earn over $100,000 at a traditionally blue-collar job,” MarketWatch explains. Many of the highest-paying blue-collar jobs “are in the trades,” said Rutgers public policy professor …

  • At 57, the Iconic Barbie Doll Gets a Makeover — Several, Actually Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 2:54 AM EST

    With her flowing blonde locks, teeny waist, long legs, buxom chest and tiny stiletto-wearing feet, the iconic plastic Barbie has easily been one of the most recognized dolls in the United States. Mattel, maker of Barbie, recently unveiled a variety of new shapes and sizes, hairstyles, skin tones and eye colors for Barbie, …

  • Yogurt Wars Update: Chobani Ordered to Pull ‘Bad Stuff’ Ads Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 2:11 AM EST

    A federal judge has ordered Greek yogurt maker Chobani to yank its ads claiming that its rivals’ Greek yogurt products contain “bad stuff,” such as pesticides and chlorine. In issuing his ruling, Judge David Hurd of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, says Chobani’s ads were misleading, NBC reports. …

  • How to Slash Your Monthly Expenses Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 10:43 PM EST

    According to the Leichtman Research Group, the average pay-TV subscription service cost $99.10 a month in 2015, up 39 percent from 2010. Meanwhile, if The NPD Group is right, you may be on track to spend more than $200 a month for the privilege of watching television in 2020. After all, the Leichtman Research Group found …

  • The Way You Use ATMs Is Likely to Change This Year Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 4:00 PM EST

    JPMorgan Chase recently made national headlines when it announced new ATMs that will allow customers to withdraw cash with their smartphones — but the bank is not alone. The Los Angeles Times reports that Bank of America and Wells Fargo also will start introducing such ATMs over the next few months. Bank of America, Wells …

  • Income Gap Grows Between College and High School Graduates Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 3:30 PM EST

    The median annual wage of recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees increased from $39,992 in 2014 to $43,000 last year, according to the New York Fed. The data were released as part of the New York Fed’s new interactive Web feature, “The Labor Market for Recent College Graduates,” which is designed “to provide …

  • 6 Foods a Food-Safety Lawyer Would Never Eat Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 3:30 PM EST

    Every year, foodborne illnesses sicken 48 million people in the U.S., hospitalizing 128,000 of them and killing 3,000 of them, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Food-safety lawyer Bill Marler has represented victims in nearly every foodborne illness outbreak in the U.S. over …

  • Picked With Love: How to Get the Very Best Value on Valentine’s Flowers Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 12:15 PM EST

    Watch the video of ‘Picked With Love: How to Get the Very Best Value on Valentine’s Flowers’ on MoneyTalksNews.com. Fresh flowers are a wonderful gift to receive. But choosing them can be a confusing exercise. ...

  • Why Security Rules Are More Bewildering Than Ever for Air Travelers Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:45 AM EST

    In recent weeks, the government has made two surprising policy changes: First, the Transportation Security Administration announced that screening with a full-body scanner would no longer be optional for some passengers, and then the Department of Homeland Security said that soon your state-issued driver’s license might …

  • New Tools Help Identity Theft Victims Fight Back and Recover Money Talks News - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 11:45 PM EST

    Identity theft victims can fight back with new tools from the Federal Trade Commission’s one-stop IdentityTheft.gov website, agency officials say. The upgraded website, integrated with the FTC’s consumer complaint system, allows a victim to rapidly file an identity theft complaint and get a personalized recovery guide …

  • Beware the Perils of Crooked Tax Preparers Money Talks News - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 11:40 PM EST

    As the tax-filing season gets into full swing, many taxpayers turn to paid tax preparers even though there is plenty of free help available. Choose your tax preparer carefully, federal officials warn. “Avoid those who claim they can obtain larger refunds than others,” Stephen Boyd, special agent for the IRS Criminal Investigation …

  • Ex-NBA Star Marbury in Drive to Revive Cheap Sneakers Money Talks News - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 11:39 PM EST

    How much are a pair of sneakers worth to you? The base price of a pair of Nike’s customizable Air Jordan Spike 40 iDs is $220. Now a resident of China, where he plays for the Beijing Ducks, the former New York Knick says he’s working to bring back his Starbury sneaker line that will sell for around $15 a pair.

  • Last Year’s 12 Weirdest Excuses for Being Late to Work Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 5:19 PM EST

    What do the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Vaseline and a black bear have in common? Harris Poll conducted the nationwide survey of more than 2,500 hiring and human resource managers — largely from the private sector — and more than 3,200 workers across industries.

  • Despite Recovery, Wages Sink in 80 Percent of Big Metros Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 4:00 PM EST

    While many of America’s largest metropolitan areas saw robust growth during the economic recovery, median wages fell in the vast majority of these areas, and many residents did not achieve a higher quality ...

  • The 10 Wealthiest Colleges in the Nation Money Talks News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 3:30 PM EST

    Endowments netted an average return of 2.4 percent for the 2015 fiscal year — which ended in June — compared with 15.5 percent for the prior fiscal year, according to the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. The National Association of College and University Business Officers, or NACUBO, is a membership organization …

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