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  • Whether it’s for business or pleasure, one of the individuals on your shopping list seems always to be on the go. And while the destination may be exciting, very few of us actually enjoy the experience ...

  • The Most Irritating Airline Passengers Have Been Identified Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:26 PM EST

    The worst, most aggravating thing you can do on a plane is kick the seat of the passenger in front of you. That’s according to Expedia’s second annual airplane etiquette study, which revealed that the ...

  • Get Your Amazon Prime Order in 60 Minutes (in Manhattan) Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:18 PM EST

    If same-day delivery of your Amazon Prime items isn’t quick enough for you, you’re in luck. Now you can get more than 25,000 Prime items delivered to your door in an hour. The only catch right now is you ...

  • Many Americans Are Eager to Book a Trip to Cuba Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:15 PM EST

    It appears that many Americans want to experience the rum, cigars and beautiful beaches of Cuba. On the heels of President Obama’s announcement about new diplomatic relations with Cuba, including relaxed ...

  • Pop Quiz: Is It Better to Have a Tax Credit or a Tax Deduction? Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    At the risk of ruining the holiday season, we feel an obligation to inform you that tax time is right around the corner. Yes, shortly after you pack away the tinsel and tree trimmings, those W-2s and 1099s ...

  • Still Shopping for Christmas? 10 Last-Minute Money-Saving Tips Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:45 AM EST

    Christmas is right around the corner. Can you believe it? Even if you’ve waited until the last minute to wrap up your shopping, you don’t have to overspend. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson has some ...

  • Here’s Why We Have a Lawless Gotcha Capitalism Economy Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    If you want to know why Gotcha Capitalism persists so stubbornly in America — that is, corporations surviving on their ability to trick consumers — I can explain it to you in four words: No material financial ...

  • 9 Christmas Gifts That Keep Giving All Year Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:15 AM EST

    Every December, you join the masses of last-minute shoppers in an effort to select the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. But there’s always some doubt lingering in your mind. Maybe she ...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says Sprint has cost consumers tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges. According to a lawsuit filed by the CFPB, Sprint’s billing system ...

  • Consumer Reports Doesn’t Recommend Gift Cards — Here’s Why Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 8:43 PM EST

    If you’re planning on giving a loved one money this holiday season, go with paper, not plastic. That’s the recommendation of Consumer Reports , which said that cash and checks are best if you’re considering ...

  • Java Hack: Coffee Lovers Outsmart Keurig’s K-Cup Technology Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 6:29 PM EST

    Imagine if a lid on a coffee pod was preventing you from getting your much-needed morning cup of joe. It’s an unfortunate reality for many java lovers trying to use the Keurig 2.0 with an unlicensed K-cup. ...

  • 11 Gifts College Students Will Love Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    During my days as a college student, money definitely wasn’t growing on trees, so I was delighted each time a free meal, care package or gift card came my way. But now there’s so much more to choose from, ...

  • Amazon Launches Its Own Line of Diapers and Wipes for Prime Babies Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:07 PM EST

    Amazon is doing more than selling diapers now. It has developed its own ethically sourced diapers and baby wipes, dubbed the Elements line, that are being sold exclusively to its Prime members. According ...

  • The Best Ways to Avoid the Mall for Christmas Shopping Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    In less than a week, Christmas will be here, so you know what that means: last-minute shoppers are crowding the stores. But you don’t have to join the madness and spend hours maneuvering the packed malls ...

  • Your Next Loan Shouldn’t Be From a Bank Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:30 AM EST

    When Nicolas Castro needed some cash for his small business TeleMico, he didn’t find much help at his local bank. So he went online, spent a few minutes filling out a form and had thousands deposited in ...

  • Many Undergrads Are Clueless About Their Student Loan Debt Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:50 AM EST

    A surprising number of college freshmen are ignorant when it comes to the amount of student loan debt they’re taking on to cover their college costs. Just how clueless are these students? According to ...

  • 5 Sneaky Jeweler Tricks of the Trade Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:45 AM EST

    The lights and tinsel may not be the only things glittering around your Christmas tree. Jewelry is a gift-giving favorite, and nearly one-quarter of shoppers plan to give a little bling this holiday season, ...

  • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Say They’ll Die in Debt Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:40 AM EST

    In what may be one of the most depressing statistics you’ll read this year, nearly 1 in 5 Americans expect their debt to accompany them to their grave. That’s according to a new survey by CreditCards.com, ...

  • Don’t Have Renters Insurance? 6 Facts You Need to Know Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:37 AM EST

    When I moved into my first apartment several years ago, the landlord mandated that all tenants carry renters insurance. So I enrolled in a plan without giving it much thought. It turned out to be very ...

  • Many Drinkers No Longer Pop a Top on These 7 Beers Money Talks News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:35 PM EST

    Fewer Americans are cracking open a cold one these days. And if they are imbibing, there’s a good chance they’re drinking a craft beer or an imported lager, not one of the mass-produced, previously popular ...

  • Ask Stacy: How to Get Credit When the Only Credit You Have Is Bad Money Talks News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    Ever feel so low you have to look up to see bottom? That’s how it can feel when nobody wants to grant you credit, or even let you have a checking account. Talk about not being able to buy a break. Here’s ...

  • 6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than Spenders Money Talks News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:45 AM EST

    Doesn’t it seem as if spenders get a lot of good press? The woman with the flashy car, the guy with the obscene Rolex collection, the couple who leverage their McMansion to buy holiday gifts grab our attention ...

  • Watch out, Jeff Bezos. Jack Ma is knocking on the door. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, may soon find himself going head-to-head with Ma’s China-based e-commerce giant, Alibaba. Already, Alibaba is the world’s ...

  • Recovery From the Great Recession Has Not Been Colorblind Money Talks News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:31 PM EST

    The Great Recession took a toll on all Americans. But even though the economy has bounced back, the aftershocks have been especially hard on blacks and Hispanics, the result of which is an ever broadening ...

  • The Best Places to Work in the US in 2015 Money Talks News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:28 PM EST

    Great pay, awesome perks, and management that cares for its employees. Traits such as these helped Google win top honors as the best place to work in 2015. Glassdoor.com says its annual ranking is based ...

  • America Is Getting Lazier and Fatter Money Talks News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:12 PM EST

    Americans continue to struggle with obesity and slothfulness. That’s according to America’s Health Rankings , an annual state-by-state analysis of the nation’s health by the United Health Foundation. The ...

  • Some years back, a woman I know worked on the fringes of the film industry. She was invited to a bar mitzvah, one she knew would be packed with wealthy people. Because her budget wouldn’t allow for a super-expensive ...

  • Downsizing in Your Golden Years? Decluttering Tips for Seniors Money Talks News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:51 AM EST

    When you’ve got a home filled with a lifetime’s worth of stuff, there often comes a time when you’ve got to part with some of it. OK, a whole lot of it. Seniors, especially, have four compelling reasons ...

  • Ask Stacy: How Safe Are Budgeting Sites Like Mint and PowerWallet? Money Talks News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:07 AM EST

    After the data breaches at Home Depot, Target and others too numerous to mention, it’s safe to assume that at least some of your personal information, including the financial kind, may now already be in ...

  • 8 Things You Need to Know Before Inviting Your Parents to Move in With You Money Talks News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:45 AM EST

    Parents and kids both grow old, like it or not. Eventually, we swap roles. It can be a muddy transition, tangled with emotions and money stress. About a fifth of middle-aged Americans gave financial support ...

  • The States Where the Best (and Worst) Drivers Live Money Talks News - Sat, Dec 13, 2014 2:52 AM EST

    There are some rankings that you don’t want your home state to show up on. For instance, you don’t want to end up on the worst state flag list or the most miserable state list. And you most certainly don’t ...

  • Suspected Package Thief Gets a Stinky Surprise Money Talks News - Sat, Dec 13, 2014 2:45 AM EST

    A Washington, D.C., couple recently took sweet (and stinky) revenge on suspected package thieves. According to Consumerist, three packages had been snatched from their front porch since October. The couple ...

  • Federal Watchdog Goes After Student Debt Relief Scams Money Talks News - Sat, Dec 13, 2014 2:42 AM EST

    It’s stressful enough to be a student saddled with college loans, without also having to worry that you could be the victim of a so-called student debt relief program that turns out to be a scam . The ...

  • Shopping for Your Guy? Here Are 10 Things NOT to Buy Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    Shopping for men can be tough. Whether it’s the guy you just started dating or the man you’ve been married to for years, certain items should be no-nos when it comes to holiday gifting. In the video below, ...

  • 10 Awesome Yet Affordable Teacher Gifts Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:45 AM EST

    As the daughter of a teacher, the last day of school before winter break was always a bit like an early Christmas for us. On that day, my dad would come home from work loaded down with presents from his ...

  • The Restless Project: An Employer Can Force You to Stay at Work Without Pay Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    If you thought more hours with less pay is bad, what about more hours with no pay? Here’s another reason you probably feel restless at night, a phenomenon I’m exploring in The Restless Project. In case ...

  • These Cities Have the Hottest Job Prospects Early in 2015 Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:59 AM EST

    If you’re planning on searching for a job in the next few months, you might want to try looking in sunny Cape Coral, Fla. That’s according to a new Employment Outlook Survey from ManpowerGroup, which asked ...

  • Did You Buy Sensa? You Could Be Getting a Refund Check in the Mail Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:55 AM EST

    Sensa, a sprinkle-on weight-loss supplement, claimed that all you had to do was “sprinkle, eat and lose weight.” Sounds too good to be true, right? Unfortunately, it was, according to the Federal Trade ...

  • Survey: Spending on Gifts Is the Biggest Source of Holiday Stress Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:51 AM EST
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    The holiday season is upon us, and with it an unwanted visitor: stress. It’s really no surprise considering the extra money being spent on gifts, family dinners being planned, and extra holiday activities. ...

  • Should You Get a Store Credit Card? Money Talks News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:45 AM EST

    At checkout registers in department stores across the country, you can expect to receive a smile and a sales pitch. Well, at least a sales pitch. Store credit cards are moneymakers for businesses, and ...

  • Shopping For Your Girl? Avoid Everything on This List Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:28 AM EST

    A cyberpal of mine, Nancy W., is diabetic. So what was her husband thinking when he gave her a hot chocolate gift set from Walmart one recent Christmas? Apparently he wasn’t thinking at all. Just shopping ...

  • Here’s Why Hotels Put That Mysterious ‘Hold’ on Your Credit Card Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    It’s like an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” that plays itself endlessly for travelers. It happened to Judith Searcy when she stayed at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Oregon this summer. ...

  • Buyer Beware: Retailers’ Online Prices Aren’t Always Cheaper Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:30 AM EST

    You may compare the price of an item at several stores to make sure you’re getting the best bargain. But do you check a retailer’s brick-and-mortar store price with what it’s selling the item for online? ...

  • Before this fall, a stand-alone HBO video streaming service seemed like wishful thinking by those who’ve cut the cable cord but miss HBO’s quality shows. Now, it’s a reality, and it’s coming soon. According ...

  • 1 in 3 Americans Are Shopping Online at Work Money Talks News - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:18 AM EST

    Americans love to shop online, and many are doing it on company time. According to a recent survey by legal information website FindLaw.com, 35 percent of Americans admit to shopping online from their ...

  • 10 Great Kid Gifts for Less Than $10 Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:20 AM EST

    Christmas is almost here. Are you ready yet? If you’re still looking for some extra stocking stuffers or cheap presents for the kids in your life, you’ll definitely want to watch the video below. Money ...

  • Should You Tip Your Garbage Man? 9 Rules for Holiday Tipping Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    Ring ring-a-ling, ring ring-a-ling. It’s that time again. Time to wonder how much to spend on a holiday gift for your kindergartener’s teacher and how much to tip the garbage man … and the mail carrier, ...

  • Are You Making These 6 Costly Student Loan Mistakes? Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    New Mexico was the only U.S. state with an average student loan debt balance below $20,000 for the Class of 2013. However, it was still a whopping $18,656, according to a report by The Project on Student ...

  • Many Students Take More Than 4 Years to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree Money Talks News - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 12:19 AM EST

    If public universities were graded on the number of full-time students they graduated on time (within four years), most of them would fail. According to a new report from Complete College America, an Indianapolis-based ...

  • Your Cellphone Is Distracting You Even When You’re Not Using It Money Talks News - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:30 PM EST

    If you have a cellphone and it’s in your line of sight right now, it’s probably distracting you. That’s right. Even if you’re not actively using your cellphone, it’s still most likely keeping you sidetracked ...

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