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  • 7 Ways to Save at BJ’s Wholesale Club Money Talks News - 6 hours ago

    Meanwhile, lagging somewhere way off in the distance is BJ’s Wholesale Club — the little engine that could. This warehouse club offers great savings, and even a few perks you won’t find at its more widely known competitors. Following are seven ways to save at BJ’s — including a big one you won’t find at any other warehouse …

  • FDA to Regulate All Tobacco Products Money Talks News - 9 hours ago

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and hookah tobacco. Up to this point, the FDA has only regulated products related to cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Other products that now will fall under the FDA’s purview include cigars and …

  • Women now spend an average of $6,620 on being a bridesmaid over the course of their lifetime. That’s based on a survey by data company Priceonomics and e-commerce wedding company Weddington Way, which ...

  • In a recent report on what it calls “heavy overdrafters,” the nonprofit Pew urges the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to limit the amount, frequency or overall cost of overdraft fees. The Pew survey found that overdraft fees disproportionately affect less affluent people, younger generations and minorities.

  • If you’ve bought a home recently, you may have purchased or received a home warranty. Like a service contract that covers repairs to your computer, a home warranty is a company’s agreement to pay for fixing — and, if necessary, replacing — specified home components. A warranty typically covers kitchen appliances, plumbing, …

  • Text-message senders, beware: U.S. courts are moving ever closer to blaming the sender of a text for car accidents that occur when the recipient is driving and texting back. Gargiulo had received texts from both Joseph Gargiulo (relationship unclear from court documents) and Timothy Fend, whom the court describes as a …

  • How many times have you put off exercising because you simply can’t find the time? According to a new study, published in PLOS One, exercise scientists at McMaster University found that as little as one minute of intense exercise could have the same health benefits — in terms of heart health, respiratory fitness and muscles …

  • Holy Cash Cow, Batman: It’s Free Comic Day Money Talks News - 22 hours ago

    May 7 is the day you’ve been waiting for all year — Free Comic Book Day! Now in its 15th year, Free Comic Book Day — always held on the first Saturday in May — is exactly what its name suggests. It’s a day when you can visit your favorite participating comic book specialty shop and walk away with a free comic.

  • 5 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Don’t Look Last Minute Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 7:46 PM EDT

    It wasn’t long ago that if you forgot to buy a Mother’s Day gift before the holiday you were out of luck, especially if the recipient lived far away. Gripe about the modern world’s pace, but that speed ...

  • ‘Biggest Loser’ Teaches Tough Lesson About Weight Loss Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 4:30 PM EDT

    For the study, published online this week in the journal Obesity, researchers followed up 14 people who participated in the weight loss competition show “The Biggest Loser” six years ago. Only one contestant had kept off the weight lost during the competition. Most of the contestants “regained a significant amount of …

  • Millions May Get Pay Bump This Month — How About You? Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

    This change stems from President Barack Obama’s March 2014 directive for the Department of Labor to update regulations that define which white-collar workers are eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to data released by the White House last year, federal law currently guarantees overtime …

  • Why One-Third of This City’s Residents Want to Flee Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 3:30 PM EDT

    Thirty-four percent San Francisco Bay Area residents say they are likely to move out of the area in the next few years, according to a survey released this week by the Bay Area Council, a nonprofit that describes itself as a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization. “Losing even a fraction of that number …

  • 16 Tips to a Super Successful Yard Sale Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 12:15 PM EDT

    Yard sale customers like to start early, so open your sale by 8 a.m. There are even neighborhoods where yard sales are not allowed at all. There are a few things in life best done alone, but holding a yard sale isn’t one of them.

  • Airlines’ Profits Soar to Record Levels in 2015 Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 3:55 AM EDT

    According to Department of Transportation data, that’s a 241 percent increase over 2014’s $7.5 billion profit. While airlines are no doubt reveling in their profits, airline passengers are finding themselves paying a growing amount in fees on everything from picking a window seat to getting a snack, all while crammed into …

  • 9 Spicy Deals to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 3:43 AM EDT

    Cinco de Mayo is about more than tequila and Mexican-themed dinner specials. The date commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Now that you’ve had a little ...

  • New Lawsuit Claims Starbucks Overuses Ice Money Talks News - Wed, May 4, 2016 2:18 AM EDT

    Iced Starbucks drinks leave Stacy Pincus hot around the collar. Pincus is suing Starbucks for more than $5 million, accusing the coffee giant of overdoing the ice in its iced drinks so it can underfill the cups with the actual beverage, The Chicago Tribune reports. Starbucks’ cold drink cups have three black lines on …

  • Get a $5 Amazon Credit for Downloading a Free Game Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 6:24 PM EDT

    If you have an Android mobile device and have never downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore to that device, consider yourself $5 richer. If you don’t have an Android device or prefer movies to games, head over to Google’s app store, Google Play.

  • 10 Ways for Preteens to Make Money This Summer Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 5:05 PM EDT

    Child labor laws are completely awesome — unless you’re an ambitious 12-year-old. If all you want to do is get a summer job scooping ice cream, those laws can seem horribly unfair. For the preteen set, ...

  • The Reason Most Workers Lose Out on Higher Pay Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

    According to Glassdoor’s Salary Negotiation Insights Survey, 59 percent of employees accepted the salary they were first offered at their current or most recent job rather than negotiating. The survey of 2,015 American adults age 18 and older was conducted by Harris Poll and released this week. Dawn Lyon, vice president …

  • Newlyweds Admit to Keeping Financial Secrets Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 3:30 PM EDT

    More than 9 in 10 newlyweds cited financial responsibility as an important attribute in a spouse, yet many don’t practice it themselves, a new survey shows. The survey from credit-rating bureau Experian found that some newlyweds enter marriage either keeping financial secrets from their spouse, or not knowing basic financial …

  • How to Get a Perfect 850 FICO Credit Score Automatically Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 1:35 PM EDT

    These days the web is full of stories about how to massage your credit history and score to look your best to lenders. On this site and others, you’ve probably seen stories like “ 7 Fast Ways to Raise ...

  • 11 Great Pieces of Money Advice From Mom Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 12:15 PM EDT

    Watch the video of ’11 Great Pieces of Money Advice From Mom’ on MoneyTalksNews.com. In a few short days, it’ll be time to once again recognize the most important woman in many of our lives. Yes, Mother’s ...

  • Hungry? Bored? Broke? Chopped Salads to the Rescue Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    A chopped salad is a great way to make use of whatever you’ve got on hand in the kitchen. Experiment with ingredients to find flavor combinations you like. There’s just one rule: Use a knife — preferably a big chopping knife — to cut ingredients into bite-sized bits that are roughly the same size.

  • 4 Financial Planning Tips We Can Learn From Prince Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 6:20 AM EDT

    It’s been nearly two weeks since American pop superstar Prince was found dead in his Minnesota home. While fans continue to mourn the loss of the iconic singer-songwriter, Prince’s estate — worth an estimated $300 million — is in limbo because the singer didn’t have a will (at least not one that’s been discovered). It …

  • The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to save “thank you” to the hardworking educators that inspire, encourage and support children in the classroom and beyond. Tuesday, May 3, is National Teacher Appreciation Day. World of Beer: After class is done and your students have gone home for the day, kick …

  • How to Score Free Subway Sandwiches All Month Money Talks News - Tue, May 3, 2016 3:47 AM EDT

    The early bird gets the worm, or in the case of Subway’s May BOGO sandwich deal , the early bird gets a free sandwich. All May long, you can score a free 6-inch Subway breakfast sandwich with the purchase ...

  • How to Find Out If Your Neighbor Is Donating to a Politician Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 6:05 PM EDT

    The FEC is an independent regulatory agency of the federal government. All candidates for the presidency, U.S. House and U.S. Senate must report the details of their campaign finances to the FEC on a regular basis throughout their run for office. The FEC publishes that data online publicly, but so much information is …

  • $750 in Printable Coupons, Anyone? Here They Are Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 6:00 PM EDT

    A new month means another batch of printable coupons is available from Coupons.com . A huge source of printable manufacturer coupons, Coupons.com releases new coupons at the start of each month, and sometimes ...

  • Do Bank Coin-Counting Machines Shortchange Customers? Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 4:30 PM EDT

    Use of TD Bank’s coin-counting machines, called “Penny Arcade” machines, is free for customers, the bank’s website states. The primary plaintiff in the case, Regina C. Filannino-Restifo, opened an account at a TD Bank branch specifically to be able to use the Penny Arcade machines for free, according to the lawsuit. The …

  • How a Higher Credit Card Limit Can Help You Financially Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

    If you’ve never asked for a higher credit card limit, you’re part of a majority — who could be missing out financially. The results of a new Bankrate survey released today found that only 28 percent of cardholders have asked for a higher credit card limit. It might seem counterintuitive, but asking your credit card company …

  • Save Money on Lawn Care and Have the Best Yard on the Block Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    Visions of lush green lawns with shade trees and comfy outdoor furniture prompts many homeowners to spend exorbitant money and time on their yards every year. In fact, Americans spend about $40 billion each year and, on average, 73 work hours cutting grass, pruning and otherwise maintaining their plots, according to Choice …

  • South Dakota Clashes With Online Retailers in Sales Tax Battle Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 4:09 AM EDT

    In a legal battle that could influence existing federal tax policy, the State of South Dakota is suing four big internet retailers to force them to comply with the state’s new remote seller sales tax law. On March 22, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 106 into law. It requires out-of-state online retailers …

  • Frappuccino Fans: It’s Frap Happy Hour at Starbucks Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 4:07 AM EDT

    Starbucks’ Frappuccino Happy Hour — when the coffee chain giant sells your choice of Frap for half off — is going on now at the popular coffee chain, at least if you’re a Starbucks Rewards club member. If you’re not a Rewards member, you’ll have to wait until May 6 to get a half-off Frap, according to StarbucksMelody. …

  • Skin Cancer Can Be Deadly: Get in on Free Screenings to Lower Your Risk Money Talks News - Mon, May 2, 2016 4:05 AM EDT

    May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The first Monday in May – this year that’s May 2 – has been designated “Melanoma Monday.” It’s an effort to raise awareness about the deadly skin cancer and encourage people to check their skin on a regular basis. Although most skin cancers are not fatal, the same can’t be …

  • Ask Stacy: Is Life Insurance Necessary? Money Talks News - Sat, Apr 30, 2016 12:16 AM EDT

    When you’ve paid off the house, the kids are gone, the savings account is topped off, and your death is just an excuse for your remaining friends to get together and have a drink, your need for life insurance is over. In 2016, you can leave an estate of $5.45 million per individual, $10.9 million per married couple, without …

  • 7 Free or Cheap Ways to Boost Your Brain Power Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 6:05 PM EDT

    To date, the best evidence suggests that no “magic bullet” exists to improve brain functioning, according to a 2014 statement issued by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Exercise is perhaps the most thoroughly documented way to improve and protect brain health. …

  • How Americans’ Spare Bedrooms Are Worth $175 Billion Per Year Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 4:30 PM EDT

    How much money are you making off of your spare bedroom? The financial information site found that Americans’ spare bedrooms are collectively worth $174.9 billion per year. If each spare bedroom were rented out for $100 per week — which Finder.com says would be considered cheap in some parts of the country — Americans …

  • Good and Bad News About Comcast Data Plans Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

    The good news is that Comcast is about to start increasing data caps — more than threefold. The changes will take effect on June 1 and apply to Xfinity Internet customers in all of Comcast’s trial markets. Citing analyst Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson, CNN Money reports that only about 12 percent of Comcast customers …

  • Warren Buffett’s Annual Meeting to Stream for Free Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 3:55 PM EDT

    For decades, Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, has been a mecca for value investors seeking firsthand wisdom from the company’s legendary longtime leader, Warren Buffett. The 2016 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting — set for tomorrow, Saturday, April 30 — will be live-streamed for …

  • You Got a Fix for the U.S. Budget? Here’s Your Chance to Test It Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 4:21 AM EDT

    The Brookings Institution has developed a game for all you armchair federal budget experts out there. The computer game called “The Fiscal Ship” allows you to set up to three broad policy goals (such as shrink government, reduce inequality, strengthen defense, or strengthen the social safety net, among others) and then …

  • Watchdog Calls for Steering Wheels on Robot Cars Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 4:16 AM EDT

    Rather than let driverless cars shuttle us around in the future without hope of taking control, Consumer Watchdog called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate that any such cars include things like a steering wheel, brake and accelerator, so drivers can take over in case of an emergency. Google …

  • Everything Is Awesome if You Invested in Legos Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 3:44 AM EDT

    Legos have gone up in value faster than savings accounts or gold, according to a report by the The Telegraph. The big catch, as with many collectibles, is that it applies mostly to those Legos that haven’t been played with – the mint-in-box standard that also applies to classic action figures. Ed Maciorowski, founder …

  • 7 Ways to Save Cash at Kroger and Its Affiliates Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 9:13 PM EDT

    In fact, Kroger is the second biggest retailer in America, according to the National Retail Foundation. Following are seven ways you can cut costs — down to “free” for one item on this list — at Kroger. The next time you’re in Kroger, tell the cashier that you want to sign up for a Plus Card.

  • Report Reveals How Satisfied Retirees Built Their Nest Eggs Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 7:03 PM EDT

    The vast majority of today’s retirees are happy with their retirement preparation, according to financial services company TIAA’s recently released “Voices of Experience” survey. TIAA undertook the survey to find out what life in retirement looks like for its clients. “Retirees have a wealth of wisdom that we have asked …

  • The 25 Most Undervalued Cities in America Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

    Value investors hope to invest in an undervalued company, one that is trading in the stock market for a price below what the company’s financials indicate it’s worth. Financial data provider SmartAsset ...

  • Airfare Costs Continue Their Descent Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 3:45 PM EDT

    Airline ticket prices have continued to head south, the federal government’s latest data show. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s airfare report for the fourth quarter of 2015 , which was released ...

  • Save Money (and Space) by Purging Old Technology From Your Life Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 12:15 PM EDT

    Perhaps nowhere is the old saying, “out with the old, in with the new” more relevant than when you consider technology. With the right mix of technology you can eliminate a bunch of expensive devices and services. The Nielsen Co. estimated that this year there are about 116.4 million “TV homes” in the United States, about …

  • Beware: Phishing Is Still a Thing, Because It Works Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    Sometimes, people get tired of hearing the same old advice — but they need to hear it again anyway. Eat healthier. Exercise more. Spend less. And: DON’T CLICK ON ATTACHMENTS IN EMAILS YOU DON’T EXPECT. ...

  • How to Save $10 on Your Next Meal Out Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 6:53 AM EDT

    Whether it’s a date night, a family night, or a treat for Mom on Mother’s Day, there’s no reason to pay full price for your next restaurant meal. Amazon is currently offering discounts on gift cards that are good at several national restaurant chains. What you get: Two $25 Ruby Tuesday gift cards ($50 total value).

  • Lead Hazard to Children Is Not Just From Tainted Water Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 3:58 AM EDT

    When you hear about lead contamination or lead poisoning these days, there’s a good chance you immediately think of Flint, Michigan, where a spike in lead levels in the city’s drinking water reached crisis levels last year, making national headlines, spurring dozens of lawsuits and leading President Barack Obama to declare …

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