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  • The price for regular gas has dropped to or below $3 a gallon at two-thirds of gas stations across the U.S., CNN Money says. According to AAA, Monday’s national average price of $3.04 a gallon for regular was the lowest it’s been since December 2010. Wednesday’s average was $3.02, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge …

  • According to Money columnist Brad Tuttle, lottery sales have slumped or aren’t meeting expectations in Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri. In Maryland, Powerball sales were 41 percent lower last month than they were a year ago. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, told The Baltimore …

  • A staggering 47 percent of American workers don’t participate in a work-based retirement plan. According to CBS MoneyWatch, those who don’t are typically small-business employees and part-time and low-income workers. Part of the problem is that a retirement plan isn’t made available where they work. Bureau of Labor Statistics …

  • Pop Quiz: Can You Profit When Stocks Fall? Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Stock market investing can play a crucial role in life, especially if you’ll be depending on savings to keep you afloat during your retirement years. The longer we live, the more money we’re going to need, and stocks, while risky, can provide better returns than other types of investments. “By and large, people are pretty …

  • Cold Is Coming: 10 Ways to Winterproof Right Now Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Forecasts by the Weather Channel and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fall somewhere in between, Time says. In summer, fan blades should rotate counterclockwise, pushing cool air down. In winter, fan blades should move clockwise. If your fan has a remote switch or control, watch the direction of the …

  • The Federal Trade Commission has sued AT&T, alleging the telecommunications giant deceived smartphone customers who signed up for unlimited data but saw their mobile Internet speed reduced, by up to 95 percent in some cases, once they used a certain amount of data. The Federal Trade Commission filed its complaint Tuesday …

  • Monthly Bills That Can’t Help Your Credit, But Can Hurt It Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    Many renters think their on-time rental payments are helping to boost their credit score. Respondents wrongly believe that cable and Internet fees (53 percent), utilities (54 percent) cell phone bills (52 percent) and rent (48 percent) are routinely reported to credit bureaus. According to Money, TransUnion and Experian …

  • Hundreds of Americans Surrender Citizenship to Avoid Taxes Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

    More than 5.5 million Americans living abroad are tempted to renounce their U.S. citizenship. That was the finding of a new survey by deVere Group, a financial advisory firm, which revealed that 73 percent ...

  • A Simple Way to Invest Your Retirement Savings Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 2:18 PM EDT

    Americans, we have saved $21.7 trillion for retirement in our 401(k) accounts, IRAs and pensions, says AARP. No wonder funding your own retirement is intimidating. If you want to dive deeply into it, retirement saving and investing can be complex. For a simple, manageable approach, watch the video below where Money Talk …

  • 7 Things That Prove Cheaper Isn’t Always Better Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:44 AM EDT

    If you have a membership to Consumer Reports, check out their ratings. Check out car seat reviews and buy the best one you can afford. In addition, an old car seat could be expired. If you really can’t afford a car seat or booster of any kind, go to SeatCheck.org and search for a car seat inspection site in your are …

  • Ask Stacy: Should I Buy Gold? Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    In a recent Forbes article, Survey Participants Remain Bearish On The Gold Price Outlook, out of the 26 bullion dealers, investment banks, futures traders and technical-chart analysts surveyed, 16 were bearish (negative) on the near-term price of gold. As I said above, gold can be a decent way to hedge against inflation …

  • Apple Pay Blocked at CVS, Rite Aid Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:54 AM EDT

    It’s been in use for just a week, but already some retailers are rejecting Apple Pay, the tech giant’s new mobile payment system. According to NPR, CVS and Rite Aid have disabled access to Apple Pay and other “swipeless” payment systems, including Google Wallet and PayPal. While the companies haven’t said why they’re …

  • Is Student Loan Debt Really Delaying Homeownership? Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:52 AM EDT

    Student loan debt has ballooned to more than $1 trillion in the U.S. According to Liz Weston of Reuters, student loan debt is just one of several reasons that young people aren’t purchasing homes, and it’s not the most important factor. Student loan debt “is having an impact, but it’s on the margin,” said Mark Zandi, …

  • Are You Sick of Black Friday Sales on Thanksgiving Day? Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:49 AM EDT

    Black Friday is far from a one-day shopping event. Over the past several years, major retailers have opened their doors earlier each year, infringing on the Thanksgiving holiday. Last year, many stores opened their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving night, and Kmart went as far as to open at 6 a.m. Despite some consumers’ …

  • 14 Creative Ways to Date When Money’s Tight Money Talks News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    If they’re still willing to give it a shot, that’s great news, but you’ll have to do a little legwork, think outside the box and search for creative but low-cost date ideas to keep things spicy. Money Talks News’ Stacy Johnson offers five inexpensive but romantic date ideas in this video.

  • How to Avoid a Delayed Flight and Other Air Travel Woes Money Talks News - Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:38 AM EDT

    Travel expert George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog offers tips on how to prevent common air travel dilemmas. “Airlines are required to cover up to $3,400 for domestic travel, but much less for international flights, and they will depreciate the value of the contents,” he said. You can check the scores by calling the airline …

  • IPhone 6 Feature Prevents Law Enforcement From Accessing Your Data Money Talks News - Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT

    You might love the new iPhone 6, but it’s not a sentiment shared by law enforcement. According to The New York Times, the new iPhone “encrypts emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phone’s user, and that Apple says it will not possess.” Law …

  • Go Big or Go Home: The Million-Dollar Halloween Costume Money Talks News - Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:28 AM EDT

    It seems the days of cutting a couple of holes in a white sheet and dressing up as a ghost for Halloween are long gone. People are spending more on their Halloween costumes these days. “There’s no question that the variety of adult, child and even pet costumes now available has driven the demand and popularity of Halloween …

  • It’s coming. Like pumpkin spice flavoring, the holiday travel season will soon be here. In a very short time, you’ll be joining the masses as part of the annual exodus to visit people you haven’t seen ...

  • 7 Reasons Why Your Debt Repayment Plan Isn’t Working Money Talks News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    People across the nation are charging more on their credit cards, signaling growing confidence in the economy. Says credit bureau Equifax: Equifax’s new National Consumer Trends Credit Report revealed that consumers in each of the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas increased credit card debt in the second quarter …

  • Target May Be Starting a Free-Shipping War Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    Target is hoping for a turnaround from last year’s disastrous holiday shopping season, which was marked by a massive data breach that left the company reeling. According to Target, oversized handling fees may still apply on some purchases. Target’s sales dropped 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, a result of a …

  • Who is the Richest Person in Your State? Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

    With an estimated net worth of $81.5 billion, Gates is also the richest man in the world. Wealth-X, a Singapore-based firm that compiles data on the world’s ultra wealthy, recently released a list naming the richest person in each U.S. “People like Micky Arison, who inherited Carnival cruises from his father, and Forrest …

  • MasterCard Introducing Fingerprint-Scanning Credit Card Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT

    If you are wary about swiping your credit card to make a purchase, you’re not alone. A new credit card from MasterCard is aimed at providing consumers with peace of mind when charging their purchases. MasterCard is working with Zwipe, a fingerprint technology company, to offer a new payment card that includes a built-in …

  • Dentists’ Tricks of the Trade: Don’t Get Drilled by Dental Bills Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    According to the Mayo Clinic, dental disease may be linked to health issues such as premature birth and low birth weight, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart), osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson explains the tricks of the trade …

  • 7 Tidbits of Financial Advice You Should Ignore Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    At some point, we’ve all been given financial advice that left us scratching our heads in confusion. For instance, CreditCards.com says bad financial advice is usually at least one of the following: Credit cards are evil Credit cards are lifeless;

  • Are Your Car’s Airbags Safe? Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 12:32 AM EDT

    Federal highway safety officials are urging car owners “to take immediate action” to replace the faulty airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the defective airbags from Takata Corp. pose a potentially deadly risk if you get in a wreck. Vehicle owners in areas with high humidity, including Florida, …

  • ‘Doctor’ Regularly Appearing on National TV is a Fake, Says Texas AG Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    Lindsey Duncan claims to be a naturopathic doctor when promoting his nutritional supplements on TV shows like “The View” and “Dr. Oz.” The attorney general is charging Duncan with unlawfully referring to himself as a naturopathic doctor, a field not recognized by Texas law.

  • UPS Rates Set to Climb in 2015 Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

    The cost of using a number of UPS shipping services is going up but, fortunately, not until the holidays are over. The Atlanta-based package delivery service announced its planned rate hikes Monday. On ...

  • 5 Lies Retailers Tell (And How to Avoid Falling for Them) Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:06 AM EDT

    When I began freelance writing, I worked almost exclusively as an advertising copywriter. It could mean many things once you examine the fine print.

  • How to Lose the Most Money Possible When You Buy a Car Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:01 AM EDT

    On average, Kelley Blue Book says, new cars lose (depreciate) 60 percent of the original purchase price in the first five years. Plug in your numbers and click on “calculate” to see your monthly payment amount.

  • Bank With Citibank? You’re About to Pay a Lot More Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:56 AM EDT

    The new year will bring higher fees for Citibank customers. According to CNN Money, Citibank is hiking monthly fees for checking accounts in January. Citi Rewards checking fees will go from $20 to $25, and basic checking will be bumped from $10 to $12. You can avoid paying the fees if you meet Citibank’s minimum balance …

  • Security Expert: Uninstall Your Flashlight App Immediately Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:10 PM EDT

    Security experts say some of the most popular flashlight apps for Android phones could be stealing data from your phone, including your location, phone number, contacts list or, potentially, your mobile banking information. According to cybersecurity company SnoopWall, the top 10 Android flashlight apps all have malware …

  • FTC: ‘Free’ Products Aren’t Free Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

    You’ve likely seen companies advertise products that promise dramatic weight loss results and add to the temptation by offering free trials for the product. The reality: the company can’t support, or deliver on, those weight loss claims. In its first action against companies accused of violating the Restore Online Shoppers’ …

  • Are You Wasting Your Money Buying Organic Food? Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:52 AM EDT

    After all, organics can cost significantly more than conventional food. Pricing obviously varies by region, but a 2011 survey in Maine found that organics cost an average of 68 percent more than conventional foods.

  • Ask Stacy: Should I Borrow From My Retirement Account to Pay Debts? Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    My question is, I have some money in my retirement account. Is it better to borrow some of that money to pay down debt if you don’t have any other additional financial resources coming in to pay down the debt, or should you keep funding retirement and paying down the debt slowly as best as you can? Can you borrow from …

  • Apple Pay Begins: What You Need to Know Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:47 AM EDT

    Apple Pay, a new payment service, will enable users to pay for purchases at more than 220,000 retailers by using just their phone and a thumbprint, USA Today said. If you don’t have Apple’s newest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or the newest iPad (the not-yet-released Air 2 and Mini 3 will work only with in-app purchases), you’re …

  • Get Your Drink On for Cheap in These Cities Money Talks News - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 4:18 AM EDT

    If you’re strapped for cash and pining for an ice cold beer, Baton Rouge is the place to be. In stark contrast to the cheap suds in Baton Rouge, Chicago and Aurora, Illinois, tie for the most expensive beer in the nation, charging $13.32 a six-pack, MarketWatch said. So why does the price of alcohol vary depending on …

  • Obama Makes Government Credit Cards Safer Money Talks News - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    Anyone can have their credit card declined, even the president of the United States. President Barack Obama’s credit card was declined in September after he dined with the first lady at a New York City restaurant, CNN said. Obama said: Obama recounted the story at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last Friday, …

  • 20 Ways (and 30 Apps) to Make Your Smartphone Pay for Itself Money Talks News - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:04 PM EDT

    Alas, despite your deep affection for your smartphone, that little piece of electronic joy may be eating a hole in your budget. Money Talks News finance expert Stacy Johnson has put together a collection of ways your smartphone can both save and make you money. 10 ways to save money with your smartphone You can also …

  • You may want to think twice before filing a claim on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Share your experiences below or on our Facebook page.

  • How to Avoid Getting the Flu (or Worse) On an Airplane Money Talks News - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    People who are sleep-deprived get more infections than those who get adequate sleep,” Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious disease expert with the Mayo Clinic, told Frommers. Virk also noted the importance of staying hydrated.

  • Liar Labels: Is That Farmers Market Food Really Local? Money Talks News - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

    Take the food that you purchase from a farmers market. As detailed in Modern Farmer, a farm apprentice working in New England said his employer was selling produce grown at farms across the country at a local farmers market and passing it off as his own. According to Money, food and drink labels are often “vague, meaningless …

  • HBO Without Cable: It’s Planning a Stand-Alone Service Money Talks News - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:26 PM EDT

    If you love HBO but you’re not a fan of cable, this news will make you giddy. The premium cable network plans to offer a stand-alone online service next year, and you don’t have to be a cable TV or satellite customer to subscribe. This move will further push HBO into a head-to-head rivalry with Netflix. According to …

  • The Cost to Treat Ebola: $20,000+ Per Day Money Talks News - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:25 PM EDT

    Ebola is not only deadly and contagious, it’s expensive. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan racked up as much as half a million dollars in medical bills in less than two weeks before dying at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Oct. 8. According to Bloomberg: Both Texas Health Presbyterian and the Liberian …

  • Pop Quiz: Can a Store Force You to Spend $10 to Use a Credit Card? Money Talks News - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    “They” would be our credit cards, and that large figure represents the number of global credit transactions that took place two years ago, according to The Nilson Report. We may love to use our credit cards, but how much do we really know about them? The man on the street batted .500 on our credit card questions. True …

  • Survey: These Airlines Have the Cheapest, Most Comfy Economy Seats Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    A recent traveler survey by fare-comparison site Airfarewatchdog.com reveals which domestic airlines have the most comfortable economy seats. “Apparently, even 1 or 2 inches makes all the difference,” said George Hobica, president and founder of Airfarewatchdog. “JetBlue is famous for giving passengers more legroom than …

  • Ask Stacy: Why Are Stocks Tanking, and What Should I Do? Money Talks News - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 12:12 PM EDT

    As I write this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plummeted more than 6 percent in the last five days. What’s happening to the stock market? Much of what’s happening to the stock market is panic. What’s being shouted in the Wall Street theater, however, isn’t “fire,” it’s words such as “Ebola,” “Ukraine,” “European …

  • What’s In McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets? Now You Can Find Out Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 8:47 PM EDT

    You’ve likely seen the picture of coiled bright pink goop that was rumored to be the filler in McDonald’s chicken nuggets. McDonald’s recently launched a tell-all social media campaign dubbed “Our Food. Your Questions.” Faced with slumping sales in the U.S., McDonald’s is attempting to be more transparent about what actually …

  • FTC: Beware Mystery Shopper Scams Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 8:35 PM EDT

    While being a mystery shopper can be fun, sometimes an offer is too good to be true, and it can cost you. According to the Federal Trade Commission, many unwitting Americans have fallen victim to mystery shopper scams. In a recent scam, people are receiving emails offering them a secret shopper job at stores like Home …

  • It Pays (Literally) to Be a Dad Money Talks News - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 8:28 PM EDT

    According to a new report by City University of New York, men without children earned 40 percent less than working fathers in 2010. While dads brought home a median salary of $49,000, their childless counterparts earned $29,000. Dads in their prime earning years, ages 35 to 49, had a median personal income of $54,500. …

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