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  • Get This $45 Sam’s Club Membership and Save More Than $100 Money Talks News - 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    Sam’s Club is currently giving away more than $100 in savings with the purchase of a membership. The regular membership level, called “Sam’s Savings,” costs $45. Sam’s Club does not specify whether or not the other savings are available with membership at the business level.

  • If you dread being pulled into the boss’s office for some one-on-one time, you may be looking at the process all wrong. Rather than think of your review as a time when your boss picks apart your work habits, consider it your opportunity to lay out an argument as to why you’re the office MVP. Check in with human resources …

  • Airplane Ticket Prices Reach 6-Year Low Money Talks News - 4 hours ago

    Not only are some states seeing their lowest gas prices in 12 years, but now the average domestic airfare is as cheap as it’s been in six years. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s latest quarterly airfare data, released Wednesday, the average domestic airfare fell to $372 in the third quarter of last …

  • President Barack Obama’s final annual budget request, which he unveiled earlier this week, includes a proposal to expand access to retirement benefits. Open MEPs would allow multiple employers to offer retirement benefits through the same administrative structure, lowering employer costs.

  • 15 Golden Rules to Save on Every Purchase Money Talks News - 9 hours ago

    In fact, we call them our 15 golden rules to super savings, and here they are. Jewelry, furniture, appliances, and even video games and movies can depreciate faster than you can say “impulse buy.” Check out Craigslist, eBay and Half.com for practically new items being sold for a song.

  • Walk into a tax preparer’s office and you never know how good the advice you get will be, according to mystery shoppers who found few who filled out federal returns correctly. The National Consumer Law Center recently reported that last year, out of 29 tax preparation offices it tested, only two forms were completed correctly. …

  • If you buy a dozen roses this Valentine’s Day, you’ll pay out the wazoo! Florists typically hike the price of a dozen roses a whopping 100 percent or more on Valentine’s Day, according to CNBC. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual Valentine’s Day consumer spending survey, roughly half (54.8 percent) of …

  • Don’t let a broken iPhone screen get you down. You may be able to trade in your damaged phone and get up to $250 in credit for a new device with Apple’s recently updated iPhone trade-in program. Until now, Apple’s Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program only allowed undamaged iPhones to be traded in for credit.

  • 14 Top Valentine’s Day Freebies, Sales and Dinner Deals Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 6:10 PM EST

    It’s not too late to nab a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift at a bargain. If you plan to shop online, just be sure to confirm the retailer’s shipping windows and prices to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day, which is this Sunday. Amazon.com: The online retail giant’s Valentine’s Day store includes deals on an array of …

  • Amazon: Up to 75 Percent Off Jewelry, Free 1-Day Shipping Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 5:48 PM EST

    Last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers can breathe a little easier today. Amazon has marked down select jewelry styles by as much as 75 percent and thrown in free one-day shipping. But this is part of the ...

  • More Americans Quitting Their Jobs — And That May Help You Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 5:47 PM EST

    It’s also higher than it’s been since December 2006, before the recession started, MarketWatch reports. This level of quitting indicates workers are confident in their ability to find a new job. Economists believe that confidence will fuel stronger wage gains, according to MarketWatch.

  • Around 50 Sears, Kmart Stores to Close Earlier Than Planned Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 5:46 PM EST

    Attention Sears and Kmart shoppers: Your favorite store may soon close. Sears Holdings — the parent company of both stores — “will accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores, including, but not limited ...

  • Should You Buy Your Meds Through Online Pharmacies? Weigh the Pros and Cons Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 12:15 PM EST

    Watch the video of ‘Should You Buy Your Meds Through Online Pharmacies? If you think political debate is contentious, try listening to physicians, pharmacists and patient advocacy groups discuss overseas pharmacies. Most pharmacists, physicians and other U.S. health care professionals contend that ordering such medications …

  • Tax Time: Instead of Dread, Host a Tax Party Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 4:26 AM EST

    You can’t fight the tax man, they say, and unless you can afford expensive lawyers it’s probably true. So, what’s a taxpayer to do but party? Here are two ways to throw a tax party with ideas and tips ...

  • RIP, Little Cars — American Drivers Are Moving On Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 2:45 AM EST

    You’ve likely heard this popular expression: “Go big or go home.” It seems the majority of Americans have embraced the whole “bigger is better” attitude in everything from their physical body size to the square footage of their family home and even the size of the car they choose to drive. Americans’ obsession with all …

  • Hooters doesn’t want you to sit at home nursing a broken heart on Valentine’s Day. Instead, the restaurant chain is offering free wings if you’re willing to shred a picture of your ex. You can take the photo into a participating Hooters restaurant on Feb. 14 and shred it there in person or do it electronically on Hooters’ …

  • Motor Oil Lawsuits Offer Critical Lesson: Read the Fine Print Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 2:31 AM EST

    How closely do you check product labels before you make a purchase? After you read this story, you may find yourself poring over some product labels with a fine-tooth comb. A recent class-action lawsuit accuses Dollar General of selling obsolete motor oil without providing consumers with sufficient warning about the potential …

  • Why Gas Might Fall Below $1 Per Gallon This Year Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 5:00 PM EST

    Nine states are currently experiencing the lowest average gas prices in 12 years, GasBuddy reports today. The White House calls it “a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies,” but MarketWatch reports that the tax would likely not be paid by oil companies, who would instead pass it on to consumers.

  • Few Students Know the Basics of Their Own Loans Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 4:00 PM EST

    Rising college costs are often blamed for contributing to the nation’s exploding student loan debt, but a new study shows that uninformed borrowers might also contribute to the problem. LendEDU, a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance, surveyed 477 students about their loans and the financial aid process. …

  • 5 Super Easy Ways to Save Money Shopping Online Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 3:00 PM EST

    I love online shopping. It’s convenient and fast, especially in the winter months, when I want to avoid getting both my young kids all bundled up in their winter snow gear and strapped into their car seats ...

  • 5 Do’s and 4 Don’ts to Repair Your Credit Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 12:42 PM EST

    It pays to repair a broken credit report, but avoid scams that could cost you thousands. Removing negative items from your credit report can help improve your FICO score, making it easier to buy or rent a home, get insurance, buy a car — and sometimes even make the difference in getting a job. A higher credit score can …

  • The Next Netflix? YouTube to Debut Original Shows Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 2:55 AM EST

    Four new original shows and movies will debut on YouTube Red on Feb. 10. YouTube is the latest in a string of online-based services – including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Crackle – to launch original programming ...

  • Beware: Some New USB Cords Could Fry Your Laptop (and Phone) Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 2:47 AM EST

    The newest USB plug, known as a USB Type-C connector – with its reversible design and ability to deliver large amounts of power and data quickly – is now considered the power cord standard for all our devices. Have you used the new USB-C cords?

  • Get Free Food Today in Honor of National Bagel Day Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 2:30 AM EST

    Happy National Bagel Day. While this “holiday” might be a fake, real freebies are being given away today in the bagel’s honor. Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering a free bagel and shmear (the chain’s lingo ...

  • The 20 Most Romantic Cities in America Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 5:00 PM EST

    Alexandria, Virginia, is the most romantic city in the United States, if Amazon.com sales are any indication. The city located outside the nation’s capital again earned the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s annual ...

  • Thieves Target Shoppers Who Use Supermarket Self-Checkout Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 4:30 PM EST

    Scammers with skimmers who have traditionally targeted ATMs and gas station payment terminals are shifting their focus. When consumers swipe their cards, the skimmers scan the information and steal the data. Terminals at self-checkout lines share remoteness in common with ATMs and gas station terminals, as they are generally …

  • Coming to the USA: A $95 Sweatshirt That Its Maker Vows Is a Bargain Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 4:21 PM EST

    The maker of a $95 sweatshirt that may save you money while saving the environment is coming to America. Will you don this latest entry in sustainable fashion? Tom Cridland’s 30 Year Sweatshirt is a hit in the United Kingdom, where he launched his fashion company two years ago at age 23 with the help of a $9,000 government …

  • The Best-Selling Vehicle for 3 Decades Continues to Roll Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 3:30 PM EST

    The Ford F-Series was the best-selling vehicle of 2015, the 34th year it has claimed the honor, Ford announced upon releasing its December sales numbers. Strong demand for F-150 contributed to the performance, as F-Series broke through the 85,000 vehicle mark for the first time in a decade. For the year, F-Series sales …

  • 15 Gifts for Valentine’s Day: Spend Less and Rev Up the Romance Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 12:15 PM EST

    Watch the video of ’15 Gifts for Valentine’s Day: Spend Less and Rev Up the Romance’ on MoneyTalksNews.com. When it comes to planning Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie, take a cue from the field of ...

  • The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas) Money Talks News - Sun, Feb 7, 2016 11:15 PM EST

    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 ...

  • How to Get a Year (or More) of Free Flights on Southwest Money Talks News - Sun, Feb 7, 2016 11:11 PM EST

    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 ...

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