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  • ‘Pokemon Go’ Captures New App Record Money Talks News - 20 hours ago

    If Pokemania hasn’t captured your attention yet, this fact from Apple might augment your reality: “Pokemon Go “was downloaded more in its first week than any other app in a first week in the App Store, ever. Apple didn’t specify just how many downloads that was, though. Since shortly after its July 6 debut, “Pokemon Go” …

  • If your company offers no retirement savings plans, you’re likely not setting enough money for retirement. Five states — California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon — are leading the way and are scheduled to begin enrollment soon. Others are considering legislative action to help fill the retirement savings …

  • It turns out, everyone — even some of the world’s top chefs — enjoy a fast food fix from time to time. Bloomberg’s chief food critic, Richard Vines, asked some of the world’s top chefs to name their favorite fast food restaurant. Five Guys : Heston Blumenthal, a top chef with England’s Fat Duck restaurant, says the Virginia-based …

  • 18 Cheap Stain Removers You Can Make at Home Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 6:05 PM EDT

    You’re ready for this little emergency, and quickly empty a carton of salt on the spill. You can do this with a spray bottle, or wet a white towel with the mixture. Many homemade stain removal methods are even simpler.

  • 10 Cities Where Your Income Is Worth More Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 5:00 PM EDT

    If you’re looking to earn a good living without paying a high cost of living, consider a Texas city or a college town. Most of the U.S. cities that offer the most bang for your buck are in Texas, or are ...

  • How Your Next Smartphone Will Be More Shatterproof Than Ever Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 4:55 PM EDT

    In lab tests, this Gorilla Glass 5 survived face-down drops from 1.6 meters high onto rough surfaces up to 80 percent of the time, according to Corning. Watch the video of ‘How Your Next Smartphone Will Be More Shatterproof Than Ever’ on MoneyTalksNews.com.

  • Amazon Now Offers Discount on Student Loan Interest Rate Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s perhaps the biggest Amazon Prime perk to date: help paying for college. Amazon.com has teamed up with Wells Fargo to offer a new interest rate discount of 0.5 percent, the bank announced Thursday. It’s available to Amazon Prime Student subscribers who apply for any of Wells Fargo’s private student loans.

  • Brilliant Home Hack: Use Kitty Litter to Clean the Trash Can Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 5:18 AM EDT

    Cat litter is amazing stuff. You can also use it to deal with the nasty liquid and smell that sometimes collects at the bottom of the trash can. Simply scoop kitty litter into the can — enough so it generously covers the bottom.

  • Trump Says His Run Is Making Him Richer — Here’s What the Numbers Say Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 5:00 AM EDT

    The path to high political office is often lined with gold. Win or lose, presidential nominees achieve major name recognition, something that can pay big dividends in the form of book advances, TV contracts ...

  • Here’s an Easy Way to Score a Free $5 iTunes Gift Card Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 3:50 AM EDT

    Apple really wants you to try out Apple Pay. The tech giant is trying to lure new users to its mobile payment service by offering its iPhone and Apple Watch customers (in the United States and the United Kingdom) a $5 iTunes gift card to sign up for the service. The new Apple Pay promotion (and $5 iTunes gift card) is …

  • DOJ Acts to Halt Proposed Health Insurer Mega-Mergers Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 3:02 AM EDT

    The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block two proposed mergers that would reduce the number of large, national health insurance companies in America from five to three. The lawsuits, which were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday, aim to stop Anthem’s $48 billion takeover of …

  • Want to Attend the Rio Olympics? Some Tickets Are Getting Downright Cheap Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:51 AM EDT

    There are just two weeks to go until the Olympic Games get underway in Rio de Janeiro. Have you ever wondered how much a ticket to watch the Olympics in person would set you back? “The women’s water polo tickets are only $15! The USA plays in the session I bought,” said Larry, a member of Las Vegas’ News 3 Team Rio, who …

  • 5 Strategies That Make It Fun to Live on a Budget Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:50 PM EDT

    If you think the words “budget” and “fun” don’t belong in the same sentence, perhaps you are looking at budgeting all wrong. If you’re competitive by nature, these five strategies can put spending and saving money in a whole new light. The easiest way to game yourself into saving money is seeing how long you can go without …

  • Shutterfly Offers $20 Off a $20 Purchase — and 10 Other Deals Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:48 PM EDT

    Shutterfly is currently offering a rare discount of $20 off a purchase of $20 or more. Shutterfly sells photo prints and a variety of items and gifts that you personalize with your own photos. Watch the video of ‘Shutterfly Offers Off a Purchase — and 10 Other Deals’ on MoneyTalksNews.com.

  • Worker Satisfaction Rises to 10-Year High Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 4:10 PM EDT

    Job satisfaction rose for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. It’s also higher than it’s been any year since 2005, with 49.6 percent of U.S. workers now satisfied with their jobs. “The rise in workers’ job satisfaction is directly influenced by labor market improvements, and the latest annual job satisfaction trends mirror …

  • Motorists Need Roadside Assistance In Record Numbers Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 3:50 PM EDT

    New and improved car designs don’t appear to reduce our need for roadside assistance. The nonprofit AAA reports this week that it rescued a record 32 million drivers last year, according to a new study. In the process, AAA saw more battery, flat tire and key problems than ever before.

  • FAA Bill Is ‘Amazing Win’ for Travelers Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    After months of debate over the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and at an apparent impasse over privatizing air traffic control, Congress has settled on a compromise — with some unexpected benefits for the average air traveler. The House and Senate have agreed on an extension that would fund the agency …

  • Couple Whose Toddler Was Killed by Alligator Decline to Sue Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 2:57 AM EDT

    A dream vacation to Disney World in Florida last month turned into a nightmare for Matthew and Melissa Graves of Nebraska, when their 2-year-old son, Lane, was killed by an alligator at a Disney resort. “Melissa and I are broken,” Matt Graves writes. Lane Graves was wading in ankle-deep water at the Seven Seas Lagoon …

  • Chill With a Free Iced Tea Today Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 2:41 AM EDT

    McAlister’s Deli wants to help you beat the heat today, July 21, by giving you a free glass of its famous sweet tea for #FreeTeaDay2016. All you need to do is head to your nearest McAlister’s and ask for a free tea. You’ll get a free 32-ounce sweet tea to enjoy during McAlister’s eighth-annual free tea day.

  • Obamacare Premiums Set to Jump 13.2 Percent in This State Money Talks News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 2:34 AM EDT

    Just two months ago, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was lauded for helping California reduce its uninsured rate to 8.1 percent last year — a record low for the Golden State (which had a 17 percent uninsured rate in 2013) and a full percentage point below the national uninsured rate for 2015 of 9.1 percent. …

  • Special K Ads Criticized for Nutrition Claims Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 7:56 PM EDT

    Under the relevant regulation, general health claims must be supported and accompanied by a “specific authorized health claim,” according to the ASA. The agency did not consider the claims in the Special K ads to be sufficiently supported. The first ad in question — for a product called Special K Super Porridge 5 Grains …

  • Sam’s Club Offers Free Day Pass, Cookie to ‘Pokemon Go’ Players Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 7:53 PM EDT

    Sam’s Club is luring in Pokemon Go players with a new promotion. The wholesale club chain is offering a free one-day shopping pass and free cookie to players of the popular new smartphone game through July 31. This promotion was recently announced on the Sam’s Club Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • 5 Smart Ways to Save on Wine, Beer and Spirits Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 6:05 PM EDT

    Whatever your drink of choice, we remind you that alcohol must be enjoyed in moderation. Limiting your alcohol consumption is not only good for health — it’s a wise way to ensure the well-being of your wallet!

  • Back-to-School Shopping? Earn Double Cash Back Here Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 5:00 PM EDT

    You’ll also earn cash back — during this back-to-school promotion and in the future — on purchases from any of more than 2,000 retailers that partner with Ebates. Ebates receives a commission from retailers for referring shoppers to those retailers, and Ebates then shares that commission with shoppers. Every time you …

  • How to Make Extra Money Buying Locally, Selling Globally Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    If you were in a Target or Walmart toy section recently, you might have noticed the Jenga Quake game on clearance for $15.28. — those price differences represent an opportunity for you called retail arbitrage. Retail arbitrage can work for many types of products, not just games.

  • Need Cash? 10 Companies Hiring Part-Timers to Work at Home Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 2:00 AM EDT

    Some of the most highly coveted job opportunities today are part-time remote work positions. As a freelance writer who works less than five hours a day, five days a week, I’m fortunate to be able to work in one of these highly sought-after jobs (thanks, Money Talks News!). Watch the video of ‘Need Cash?

  • What Older Americans Fear More Than Death Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 1:25 AM EDT

    When it comes to retirement, Americans are scared — and not about falling ill or choosing a spot to settle down. American retirees are fearful that they’ll outlive their retirement savings. In fact, older Americans fear running out of money more than they fear death itself.

  • Being a Grandparent Can Take a Big Toll If You’re Not Careful Money Talks News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 1:13 AM EDT

    According to my folks, being a grandparent is pretty much the best thing ever. An AARP study found that 1 in 4 grandparents spend a whopping $1,000 or more each year on their grandkids. “And considering that many grandparents are also retirees, that’s a lot to spend for folks living on a fixed income,” The Motley Fool …

  • 20 Industries, Jobs With the Most Optimistic Workers Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 8:35 PM EDT

    Global economic uncertainty brought on by — among other things — the volatile race for the U.S. presidency might be contributing to America’s slow recovery from the Great Recession, lackluster economic growth and stagnant wages for most American workers. For example, the real estate, rental and leasing industry, and the …

  • Top Tips for Faking a Tan Without Frying Your Wallet Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 8:34 PM EDT

    Rates of melanoma — the deadliest type of skin cancer — have doubled over the past few decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following tips will help you buy such products for as little as possible, while also making your faux glow last for as long as possible.

  • Microsoft Offers Free Laptop — but There Is a Catch Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 4:30 PM EDT

    Take Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade challenge, and you’re guaranteed to walk away with something for nothing. For the challenge, Microsoft is offering to upgrade your device to the Windows 10 operating system in less than a day for free. This offer is available through July 29 in Microsoft brick-and-mortar retail stores …

  • Social Security Increase Unlikely for Second Straight Year Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

    Retirees beware: 2017 could prove to be the second consecutive year of stagnant Social Security benefits. The latest estimates from the board of trustees overseeing the Social Security and Medicare trust funds show that Social Security benefits are expected to increase by 0.7 percent at best and zero percent at worst next …

  • 13 Ways to Have Your Dream Vacation for Half the Price Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 12:45 PM EDT

    To get started, check out our Solutions Center to compare credit cards that offer deals to suit different spending styles, travel habits and other needs. When you consider which credit card rewards program makes the most sense to you, don’t forget to factor in the miles you will receive if you are approved for the card …

  • The Other Way American Airlines Is Quietly Changing Its Rewards Program Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 3:30 AM EDT

    Come Aug. 1, American Airlines is adopting a revenue-based model for its AAdvantage loyalty program, a significant change from its current miles-based system. American Airlines didn’t make an announcement or notice about the new rates it’s using with partner airlines, even though they go into effect in less than two weeks, …

  • Starbucks and McDonald’s Cutting Porn From Their Offerings Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 3:09 AM EDT

    Starbucks and McDonald’s are among the many businesses that provide complimentary Wi-Fi access for customers. “This simple act of corporate responsibility is good for the public and for customer service,” Enough Is Enough President Donna Rice Hughes said in a statement. “We commend both Starbucks and McDonald’s for leading …

  • U.S. Marijuana Stores Take on a New Look and Feel Money Talks News - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 3:04 AM EDT

    From alleys and street corners to upscale retail stores in trendy shopping areas — legal marijuana shops have changed the way consumers shop for cannabis in the United States. Now that 25 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, many Americans are heading to medical and recreational …

  • 10 Ways to Get Free Lodging on Your Summer Vacation Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 9:04 PM EDT

    AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels will average $185, while a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel will average $144 nightly. Following are 10 ways to cut your lodging expenses to zero. If you have accumulated a substantial amount of credit card points, put them to use.

  • 2016 Election Freebies You Can Grab Right Now Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 6:05 PM EDT

    OK, admit it: You are just as tired of the 2016 presidential election as I am. This week, Republicans will gather in Cleveland to officially crown Donald Trump as their nominee. Democrats will follow suit next week in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton.

  • Monday Only: 84 Percent Off Restaurant Gift Certificates Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 5:06 PM EDT

    For today’s deal — which is available until 11:59 p.m. PT — $25 restaurant gift certificates are $4. Restaurant.com sells printable gift certificates for less than their face value, allowing you to enjoy a meal out without paying full menu prices. While this might sound too good to be true, the eateries that partner with …

  • Mystery Philanthropist Gives More Than $55,000 in $100 Bills Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 4:50 PM EDT

    Lynn has also been writing about the donations since 2013, when Cub Scouts received $900 worth of $100 bills that had been folded up and nonchalantly left on tables from which the Scouts were selling popcorn and candy. Most recently, the Statesman Journal wrote about a Benny bill found by retired pediatric dentist Jeff …

  • 5 Delicious Ways to Save on Ice Cream Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 4:47 PM EDT

    Just about everybody screams for ice cream, and those cries will only get louder this Sunday, July 17, which is National Ice Cream Day. It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Perhaps you overdid your July 4th celebration …

  • 4 Questions Retirees Should Ask Before Moving Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 12:15 PM EDT

    Who doesn’t love reading real estate listings? It’s fun to dream, and lists of the “best places to retire” are fodder for the imagination. However, you wouldn’t want to rely on such lists for making a ...

  • Coffee Habit Can Be a Real Drain on Your Wallet Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 5:16 AM EDT

    Coffee consumption in the United States is expected to dip from 24 million 132-pound bags last year to 23.7 million 132-pound bags this year. Many Americans have ditched traditional roast and ground coffee brewed in a coffee pot in favor of single-serve coffee pods. In fact, more than one-quarter of households in the …

  • Blast From the Past: Nintendo to Relaunch Classic NES Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 5:02 AM EDT

    Nintendo plans to re-release the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (circa 1985) this fall. The new NES will look identical to the old NES, but it’s smaller and you can hook it up to high-definition televisions.

  • Herbalife Agrees to $200 Million Settlement, Overhaul Money Talks News - Mon, Jul 18, 2016 4:59 AM EDT

    Herbalife, the multilevel nutritional supplement marketer, has to pony up $200 million in consumer redress and also restructure its U.S. business operations as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. “This settlement will require Herbalife to fundamentally restructure its business so that participants are …

  • Save $700 With July Printable Coupons Money Talks News - Sat, Jul 16, 2016 12:16 PM EDT

    Turn on your printer — Coupons.com has released a new batch of free printable coupons for July . You’ll find opportunities to save on scores of items, including everything from foods — such as cereal and ...

  • Brilliant Home Hack: Kitty Litter for Nasty Spills Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 3:49 PM EDT

    Watch the video of ‘Brilliant Home Hack: Kitty Litter for Nasty Spills’ on MoneyTalksNews.com. Spills are a messy, inevitable part of life. From Junior tipping his cup of grape juice in the kitchen to ...

  • Home Insurance Deductible Savings Vary by State Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 3:41 PM EDT

    How much money you stand to save by increasing a homeowners insurance deductible depends on the state you call home. “A higher deductible is a signal to the insurance company that the homeowner is less likely to file claims because they are agreeing to a higher threshold for doing so.

  • Consumer Advocates Blast Proposed GMO Food Labeling Law Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 3:31 PM EDT

    Congress has passed a controversial bill that would add information about GMOs to food labels. Having been approved Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives on a 306-117 vote, the legislation is now headed to the president’s desk. President Barack Obama has indicated he will sign the bill.

  • 6 Smart Tricks to Save at T.J.Maxx Money Talks News - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 12:37 PM EDT

    Shopping at discount retailers like T.J.Maxx, Ross or Marshalls is a great way to get good deals on everything from clothing and purses to beauty products and specialty kitchen items. Sure, you may spend more time in these stores, perusing rack after rack of shirts and dresses and aisles teeming with discounted luggage, …

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