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  • Your Messy Desk May Be a Good Thing Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 5:49 PM EDT

    Struggling to keep your office space clean and organized? Earlier this month, Kathleen Vohs – a University of Minnesota marketing professor and consumer psychologist, presented her work linking disorganized work spaces to creativity at the Yale School of Management’s Art, Mind + Markets conference, Inc.com said. Vohs’ …

  • Survey: Many Americans Admit They Lack Basic Money Skills Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    A survey conducted by RetailMeNot and The Omnibus Co. — just in time for Financial Literacy Month – found that just 52 percent of respondents could live for more than a month on what they have socked away in their savings accounts. Many people are in dire need of financial literacy. Trae Bodge, senior editor for The Real …

  • You can’t be financially secure without these 10 products Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT
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    Instead, look for a free checking account. Along with your checking account, sign up for a debit card. Make sure it has a Visa or MasterCard logo and can be used like a credit card. Although I know that some people are fans of credit cards, my personal experience has shown the temptation to overspend when buying on credit …

  • Download a Coupon and You Give Up the Right to Sue Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 2:57 PM EDT

    You might want to think twice before you “like” Cheerios on Facebook in exchange for a discount or download a 50-cent Hamburger Helper coupon. General Mills, the food conglomerate that includes Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Progresso, Bisquick and various other brands, introduced a revised legal policy earlier …

  • Estate-Planning Documents You Need Right Now Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 2:18 PM EDT

    In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson explains what you’ll need. You can include any funeral provisions you’ve made and your instructions. If you’re married, each spouse should have a separate will, AARP says.

  • The Smart Way to Sell the Family Silver for Cash Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    “It seems these days on every corner next to the nail parlor, you see a place with a sign: ‘We buy gold, we buy precious metals,’” says Steve Yvaska, The Antiques Advisor. An expert in American silver, he appraises antiques and writes a column on antiques and collectibles for the San Jose Mercury News. Begin your education …

  • Work a Year, Get Fired, Make $58 Million Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:05 PM EDT

    Apparently getting the boot as Yahoo’s chief operating officer isn’t so bad. Henrique de Castro left Yahoo with a $58 million severance package, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that was made public this week. CNN Money said de Castro’s golden parachute is one of the biggest ever given to …

  • Awful, Underpaid and Stressful: The Top 10 Worst Jobs for 2014 Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:52 PM EDT

    The tree fellers hold the dubious honor of worst job for 2014. That’s according to CareerCast.com, which released its 26 th evaluation of the best and worst jobs for the year. CareerCast evaluated the income, outlook, environmental factors, stress, and physical demands of 200 professions across a wide variety of industries, …

  • Here’s a Bill in Congress You Should Get Behind Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:29 PM EDT

    You could gain free access to your credit score under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. According to consumer advocate Bob Sullivan, the “Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act,” sponsored by Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, would be an important step in helping consumers understand …

  • TurboTax Fights Against Simplified, Free Tax Filing Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:48 PM EDT

    While that may sound great to you, it’s the last thing TurboTax owner Intuit wants to happen – and they’ll seemingly go to any length to try and stop it. According to ProPublica, Intuit has spent $11.5 million on a federal lobbying effort in the last five years to fight against bipartisan legislation for a return-free …

  • 7 Easy Ways to Obtain Credit When You Don’t Have Any Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:32 AM EDT

    You need a good credit history to snag the best deals on loans, yet it’s very difficult to get credit without a borrowing history. If a friend or family member has exceptional credit and faithfully pays their bills on time each month, request to be added as an authorized user to that person’s credit card.

  • 5 Stupid Things You Spend Your Money On Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    There’s a good reason for it: Some statistics indicate that as many as two-thirds of gym memberships are never used. You’re going through the checkout, spending your hard-earned cash, and the clerk asks if you want to add the extended warranty. If the manufacturer gives you a year warranty and the extended warranty is …

  • Tying the Knot After 30? Get Out Your Checkbook Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:34 PM EDT

    If the couple is over age 30, that number increases to 30 percent, according to David Wood, president of the Association of Bridal Consultants. Just 10 years ago, only about 15 percent of couples covered the costs of their wedding.

  • Fight With Your Spouse? You Might Just Be Hungry Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT

    According to Bloomberg, research released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that dieting, skipping a meal, or just being hungry can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to spousal interactions. Brad Bushman, the lead study author, said the findings are some of the first to depict the relationship …

  • Your Tax Refund Is Safe From Social Security Seizure, at Least for Now Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:55 PM EDT

    The Social Security Administration is backing off the controversial practice of seizing tax refunds to collect on decades-old debt. Acting Social Security commissioner Carolyn Colvin issued the following statement Monday: I have directed an immediate halt to further referrals under the Treasury Offset Program to recover …

  • Americans May Be Expanding, But Food Is Shrinking Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:10 AM EDT

    So too have cookies, crackers, peanut butter and a host of other products you buy every week. Then keep reading to learn more about which products are getting smaller and how you can fight back. The incredible shrinking product packages Here’s a sampling of products that have dropped their size but not their prices, …

  • Feds Snatch Kids’ Tax Refunds to Pay Off Parents’ Old Debts Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:08 PM EDT

    If the government finds that your parent was overpaid for Social Security survivor benefits, you could be on the hook to pay it back. A Maryland woman named Mary Grice found out the hard way that someone in her family was allegedly overpaid by Social Security in 1977. Grice’s father died in 1960, and his five children …

  • Heartbleed: Change Your Passwords Now! Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 5:25 PM EDT

    Chances are you’ve heard a lot about the massive Heartbleed security bug in recent days. According to Mashable, Internet companies left vulnerable to Heartbleed scrambled to quickly update their servers and develop a security patch. Each of the sites has developed a security patch to protect users’ data.

  • Can You Get One of the New Subprime Mortgages? Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Wells Fargo hit the news recently with the announcement it had dropped its minimum credit score for FHA-insured mortgages from 640 to 600 (the maximum is 850) — into subprime territory. “In recent months, a handful of lenders have said that they’re willing to go as low as 580,” writes The Wall Street Journal. Borrowers …

  • A Bank Fee That’s So Insulting, It’s Unbelievable Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:06 PM EDT

    A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 70 percent of banks, up from 58 percent in 2013, have verbiage in their contracts that prevents customers from suing the bank on their own or as part of a class-action lawsuit. As if that’s not bad enough, some banks require that consumers who bring suit against the …

  • Why Do Tax Laws Still Punish 2-Income Families? Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 9:15 PM EDT

    When it comes to paying taxes, two-income married couples can be at a disadvantage. According to National Public Radio, “secondary” wage earners are sometimes penalized by a tax code provision that dates back to the Ozzie and Harriet days — the so-called marriage penalty. It’s when a married couple pay more income tax …

  • You Could Get the Boot for Renting Out Your Space on Airbnb Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:36 PM EDT

    Renting out your apartment on Airbnb could land you in the doghouse with your landlord, or worse – evicted, and looking for a new place to live. According to SFGate, a number of Airbnb hosts have received violation notices from their respective local planning departments and eviction notices from landlords. Airbnb is …

  • 13 Simple Ways to Save on Summer Vacation Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    The good news is that you can still take a decent summer vacation without breaking the bank. 7 Rental Car 'Gotchas' and How to Avoid Them

  • Don’t Store Your Tax Return — Toss It Out Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    The other day I picked up my tax returns from the accountant. Digital storage has become so ubiquitous and competitive, you can now store your tax returns, as well as every other piece of paper you’ll ever touch, for free.

  • Prepare for Orange Juice Sticker Shock Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 9:22 PM EDT

    You better enjoy every drop of that glass of orange juice, because it’s not cheap. Florida, the source of the majority of oranges used to make orange juice in the U.S., experienced an unusually cold winter, plus a fruit disease (citrus greening) has stunted orange growth, leading to the smallest orange harvest in nearly …

  • Comcast ‘Wins’ Contest for America’s Worst Company Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT

    The award for America’s worst company for 2014 goes to … Comcast. But in the end, Comcast held the lead in the annual poll, the Consumerist said. This is not the first time Comcast has received the dubious distinction of being named the country’s worst company. Consumerist said Comcast won in 2010 as well.

  • 7 Steps to Make Millions With Your Bright Idea Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 2:50 PM EDT

    Step 2: Develop a business plan The next step is to create a business plan. Prior to the 2011 passage of the America Invents Act, the first person to invent a product retained exclusive rights to sell or license it for 20 years.

  • 15 Ways to Cut Your Fine Dining Bill in Half Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 2:07 PM EDT

    You don’t have to keep wishing on a star that you’ll one day be able to afford fine dining establishments. Most fine dining establishments share their daily special online, in the waiting area or via the server once you are seated. If you can do so without going overboard, check out deal websites, such as Groupon or LivingSocial, …

  • Pepsi Made With Real Sugar? You Got It Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 3:33 AM EDT

    Pepsi is trying to please your taste buds with something new this summer. In June, Pepsi will reportedly launch its trademark Pepsi cola, plus vanilla and wild cherry flavors, all made with real sugar, instead of the much criticized high fructose corn syrup. USA Today said Pepsi, like much of the soda industry, has experienced …

  • How Much Does Your Doctor Bill Medicare? Now You Can Find Out Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:50 PM EDT

    Some doctors are getting rich off of Medicare. A new study shows that the top 1 percent of doctors and other medical providers accounted for 14 percent of the nearly $77 billion in Medicare billing recorded for 2012. Medicare is the government health insurance program for those 65 and older. One Florida ophthalmologist …

  • It’s OK to Refuse a LinkedIn Request Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 4:29 PM EDT

    You don’t have to accept LinkedIn connection requests from everyone. But if you’re going to turn down an unwanted request on LinkedIn, do it respectfully, or be prepared to pay the price. Kelly Blazek, who ran an online Cleveland jobs bank listing, made headlines earlier this year when she sent a scathing rejection response …

  • 10 Bad Money Habits That Rob You Blind and How to Quit Them Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:56 AM EDT

    The good habits we’ve made carry us along almost effortlessly. That’s positive. It lets us focus on the things that need our attention most. But as you work to pay off debt, save and get your financial ...

  • 10 Fun and Inexpensive Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Are you looking for some fun and inexpensive things to do with your children this weekend? They can even take turns creating their own treasure map and hidden treasure for everyone else to find.

  • More Moms Are Staying Home, But Not Because They Want To Money Talks News - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 4:17 AM EDT

    A new study shows that American mothers are increasingly staying home with their children, reversing a decades-long modern family trend. According to the Pew Research Center: The recent turnaround appears to be driven by a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors, including rising immigration as well as a downturn …

  • Bank of America Ordered to Pay $727 Million to Customers Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 10:02 PM EDT

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Bank of America to pay $772 million in fines and compensation to settle allegations that the bank swindled millions of customers with deceptive marketing and billing practices for credit card add-on services. Roughly 1.4 million consumers were affected by Bank of America’s …

  • You Might Be a Better Tax Preparer Than the Pro You’re Paying Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 5:48 PM EDT

    You might want to think twice before hiring a so-called tax professional to prepare your taxes. The Government Accountability Office released the findings of an audit of tax preparers this week, and the results are surprising. USA Today said the GAO’s small undercover study focused on 19 tax preparers selected at random …

  • Swag Isn’t Really Free, Says the IRS Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:25 AM EDT

    Swag, apparently short for “stuff we all get,” must be reported on federal income tax returns. The taxable income reported should be equal to the fair market value of what’s in the gift bag. The TaxProf Blog says, “These gift bags are not gifts for federal income tax purposes because the organizations and merchants who …

  • Say Goodbye to Slow Wi-Fi Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:21 AM EDT

    Buckle up, Wi-Fi speeds are about to triple. That’s the latest word from Qualcomm . The company claims that new router technology, the result of seven years of research, will allow networks to communicate ...

  • 10 Money Matters to Discuss Before Marriage Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Among these are your personal finances and how you plan to handle money matters as a couple. Unfortunately, a survey of engaged couples by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling “revealed that 68 percent of respondents held negative attitudes toward discussing money with their fiancé, with 5 percent indicating the …

  • Are Home Prices Slipping Out of Buyers’ Reach? Money Talks News - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Last year Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson warned that the window for buying an affordable home was about to close. One big reason inventories of homes for sale are tight is that millions of homes still are underwater.

  • Soon You May Be Able to Charge Your Phone in Less Than a Minute Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 9:06 PM EDT

    StoreDot, an Israeli startup, reportedly claims it has the technology to charge a phone from 0 percent to 100 percent in less than 30 seconds. The prototype battery and charging combo was unveiled at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv this week, Digital Trends said. The charger was designed for the Samsung …

  • Why People Won’t Brown-Bag Lunch, Even Though It Makes Great Sense Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 3:41 PM EDT

    Sitting at your desk with leftover spaghetti and a salad may not sound like the most exciting way to spend your lunch break. Huffington Post contributor Jillian Berman, who saves about $1,550 a year by regularly packing her lunch, wanted to find the answer to that question. She talked to Cornell University behavioral …

  • No Kids? You Should Pay More Taxes! Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 3:18 PM EDT

    Nonparents should pay higher taxes so that lower- and middle-income parents can receive a much-deserved tax break. That’s the proposal of conservative Slate.com columnist Reihan Salam. The least we can do is offer them a bigger tax break,” Salam, who is childless, said. “Childless by Choice” from New York City said, …

  • Ask Stacy: Why Should We Pay for Obama’s Vacations? Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 2:01 PM EDT

    Mrs. Obama, her two children and her mother, along with staff and security people, are flying to China in Air Force Two for a vacation that the American taxpayers are paying for. However, we can take comfort in the fact the plane she used wasn’t an Air Force One 747, but an Air Force Two 757 that’s much less expensive …

  • The 4 Best Ways Proven to Help Smokers Quit Money Talks News - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    I got that number using the American Cancer Society’s smoking cost calculator. Researchers have been looking for years at results from nicotine patches and gum, classes, buddies, medicines and behavioral techniques. “Use of effective treatments can almost double to triple rates of successful smoking cessation,” the CDC …

  • You Might Want to Put That Diet Soda Down Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 4:43 PM EDT

    If you’re an older woman, you may want to think twice before you bring that can of diet soda to your lips. “Our findings are in line with and extend data from previous studies,” says Ankur Vyas, a fellow of cardiovascular diseases at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the lead investigator of the study. …

  • 8 Personal Finance Tips From ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 3:50 PM EDT

    I went to the midnight movie premiere of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” last Friday and am still reeling from all the explosions and hand-to-hand combat. Despite the comic-book colors and pow! zap! action, “The Winter Soldier” is a smart political thriller with enough modern paranoia to allow both conservatives …

  • How to Survive When Your Income Drastically Drops Money Talks News - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    “If you’re a two-income family, see if you can live on one or one and a half incomes,” advises Gail Cunningham of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. 10 Ways to Save Money When You're Making Minimum Wage

  • Labor Market Back to 2008 Pre-Crisis Peak — Finally Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 4, 2014 9:50 PM EDT

    The job market hit a major milestone in March, as it finally recovered all of the private-sector jobs lost during the recession. Overall, 192,000 jobs were added in March, but the unemployment rate remains at 6.7 percent. Businesses and nonprofits shed 8.8 million jobs during the 2007-09 recession; The potential labor …

  • Your Grandma Probably Loves the Internet Money Talks News - Fri, Apr 4, 2014 8:19 PM EDT

    But a new study says that America’s senior citizens are embracing technology, slowly but surely. The key findings of the Pew Research Center’s “Older Adults and Technology Use” include: Only 27 percent of seniors use social networking sites. According to Pew, two groups of senior citizens emerged during their resear …

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