Amazon: Woman Pays $7,000 To Ship Toilet Paper

Emily Hanford-Ostmann  |  May 22, 2018

Never take free shipping for granted! That’s what a Georgia woman learned after being charged more than $7,000 in shipping for about $88 worth of toilet paper on Amazon. It turns out, any shopper could wind up paying an outrageous shipping cost if you don’t pay close attention to the total cost of your order. …

Map Shows The Salary You Need To Afford A Home In Every State

Brittany Anas  |  May 12, 2018

Chances are you’ve considered how much money you would need to earn in order to buy a home. The answer, of course, depends largely on where you live. To give you an idea, finance website HowMuch.net recently crunched the housing affordability numbers for each state. To arrive at its estimates, the website layered in several factors. The team …

Target Baby Wipes Part Of Class-Action Settlement

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 11, 2018

If you’ve purchased baby wipes from Target, listen up. You may be entitled to a Target gift card and/or free product coupons as a result of a class action lawsuit. The Up & Up Wipes Class Action Settlement claims that certain Up & Up flushable toddler wipes manufactured by Nice-Pak and sold at Target were, in fact, not …

If You Used This Acne Drug, You Might Be Eligible For Some Of A $20M Class-action Settlement

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 4, 2018

Anyone who suffers from acne knows how challenging it can be to manage. While you can try changing your diet or use DIY solutions involving Listerine or honey, sometimes more is needed — like prescription drugs. Over the last several years, if you used the prescription drug Solodyn to treat acne or any other skin condition, you …

Good Neighbor Next Door Program Helps Teachers, First Responders Buy Homes

Chelsea Davis  |  May 4, 2018

Are you a law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency medical technician? If you are, first we want to thank you for your services. And second, you might be eligible to buy a home for 50 percent off — read on to learn more. How? Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Good Neighbor …

7 Ways To Get Around Amazon Prime’s New $119 Fee

Clint Davis  |  May 2, 2018

This month, the price of an Amazon Prime membership will rise for the first time in four years. The company announced the change in April, after declaring that its profits were at an all-time high. The rate hike means subscribers to the service — which gives users access to a vast on-demand video library, free …

Spend $75 On Baby Care Items At Target And Get A $15 Gift Card In Return

Augusta Statz  |  May 2, 2018

You’re likely already a fan of shopping at Target — and that’s partly due to all of the ways you can save when you shop at the retailer. There’s also some kind of unspeakable allure of roaming those well-stocked aisles that only true Target fans can understand. But whether or not you’re officially a “Target mom,” …

The Story Behind The Treasure This Millionaire Hid In The Rocky Mountains

Kate Streit  |  April 23, 2018

Buried treasure sounds like the stuff of legends, but 87-year-old millionaire Forrest Fenn says it’s real, and he knows exactly where it is. The wealthy antique dealer claims he hid a treasure chest worth millions back in 2010, and he says that only he knows its location. The treasure is supposedly located somewhere in the …

Only one popular insurer doesn’t raise rates after no-fault accidents, study finds

Tricia Goss  |  April 19, 2018

You take pride in being a safe driver. You never text while driving or allow other distractions to take your focus away from the road. You try to avoid speeding, slow down at yellow lights and stop for pedestrians. Then, out of the blue, it happens. Someone rear-ends you at a stop sign, runs a …

Existing Home Sales And Prices Hit Record High

Have You Been Putting Off Repairs To Your Home? You’re Not Alone, According To A New Survey

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 19, 2018

While buying your own home is an incredible feeling, owning it can be pretty stressful. Aside from monthly bills, the upkeep alone can be a lot of work. And we’re not just talking mowing the lawn or shoveling your driveway. Sometimes, it can feel like as soon as you fix one thing, there’s something else …

Panel Recommends Major Tax Law Changes

17 Tax Day Freebies And Deals

Emily Hanford-Ostmann  |  April 16, 2018

Phewww! Tax Day 2018 is nearly a thing of the past. Hopefully your taxes are filed and squared away. Remember Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17, which is later than usual. It was pushed back two days because of the weekend and because of Emancipation Day — a holiday celebrated in Washington, D.C. Since no …

13 Last-Ditch Ways to Avoid Being Broke in Retirement

Nerd Wallet  |  April 11, 2018

There’s a common anxiety dream that involves walking into a classroom to discover it’s the day of finals and you haven’t cracked a book all semester. Then there’s the waking dream a lot of Americans have — the one where you’re getting ready to retire but haven’t saved enough money to cover expenses if you …

How to save for retirement without a 401(k)

CNN  |  April 10, 2018

When it comes to retirement saving, a 401(k) is often considered the gold standard. A 401(k) certainly makes saving easier. The money is taken directly from your paycheck, before you get a chance to spend it elsewhere. Making contributions lowers your taxes, and some employers even match the amount you save. But a third of …

How Schools Can Teach Kids To Be Smart Consumers

Nerd Wallet  |  April 6, 2018

Most financial literacy efforts in schools don’t improve people’s behavior later in life. That could be because we’re focusing on the wrong things. Trying to teach teenagers how to shop for a mortgage, for example, may be an exercise in futility. The information simply isn’t relevant to them — yet. By the time they are ready …

Medicare Advantage plans will soon cover things like groceries, air conditioners

CNN  |  April 6, 2018

Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next year. On April 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expanded how it defines the “primarily health-related” benefits that insurers are …

Cuba Poised For New Realities As Diplomatic Ties With U.S. Are Restored

Here’s how much money air-drying your clothes really saves

Natalie Gould Tomko  |  April 5, 2018

There are simple pleasures in life — like the smell of laundry after its dried in the sun — that just can’t be substituted. My grandmother had several permanent clotheslines in her yard and my mother often dried our laundry outside as well. Come to find out, they didn’t just hang clothes to dry because …

Trying To Get Out Of Debt? There’s A Social Network For That

Natalie Gould Tomko  |  April 5, 2018

Debt isn’t your typical cocktail conversation, but it’s an important conversation nonetheless. About 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt, be it credit cards, car loans, student loans or a mortgage. So with this many of us in debt, why don’t we talk about it? In a society where there’s a social network …

3 Money Lessons We Can Learn From ‘Roseanne’

Nerd Wallet  |  March 27, 2018

On March 27, the Conner family is coming back to prime time, thanks to the revival of ABC’s “Roseanne.” The popular sitcom starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as husband and wife Roseanne and Dan Conner ran for nine seasons before its final episode aired more than 20 years ago. The comedy followed the life …

Toys R Us is just the latest nostalgic retailer to die

CNN  |  March 15, 2018

Another one bites the dust. Bankrupt Toys R Us is closing all of its U.S. stores. The toy retailer struggled for years to compete with Walmart and Amazon, amassing mountains of debt while suffering from poor sales. In September, it finally filed for bankruptcy. It’s the latest in a long line of once-beloved retailers and …

These Specific $1 Bills Might Actually Be Worth Hundreds Or Thousands Of Dollars

Megan Fenno  |  March 9, 2018

As you may have heard, there’s a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card that’s expected to fetch more than $3 million at auction this spring. Even those with no experience in collecting know that old, mint-condition (as the Mantle card supposedly is) baseball cards can sell for serious dough. But would you believe that you could …

Chris Madden Emerges As A Competitor To Martha Stewart

13 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About JCPenney

Brittany Anas  |  March 8, 2018

JCPenney is one of the country’s largest department stores, with about 875 stores in the United States and a brand that’s become synonymous with suburban malls. At this one-stop shop, customers can shop for clothes and appliances, and also get a haircut, take family photos and pick out a new pair of eyeglasses. Yet, the …

Our Favorite Paper Towel Brands

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 7, 2018

Why We Like It: This well-known brand has been cleaning up messes in homes for years. The two-ply paper towel also comes in select-a-size, allowing you to use less or more, depending on the size of the spill. Why We Like It: These paper towels are made with pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests and …

Debit Card Fraud Is On The Rise—Here’s How To Protect Your Card From Being Compromised

Nerd Wallet  |  March 6, 2018

Fraud at the ATM can lead to money being drained from a bank account, and consumers have a new reminder to check for fraudulent charges. FICO reported today that the number of debit cards compromised at ATMs and merchant devices in the U.S. rose 10 percent in 2017 over the previous year. It’s a less extreme increase than …

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If you are tired of waiting for your tax refund, here are 4 simple ways to get your money faster

Nerd Wallet  |  March 5, 2018

Waiting for your tax refund can be like looking at fresh doughnuts that bakeries display in big cases behind the register. They’re tantalizingly close, but you can’t just jump over the counter and grab one — you have to wait until the cashier hands it over. It’s a sticky blend of anticipation, impatience and frustration. …

Tax Consultants Prepare For New Tax Guidelines

Why Tax Refunds Aren’t Fun Anymore

Nerd Wallet  |  March 5, 2018

The typical advice about what people should do with their tax refunds — save for retirement! pay off debt! — ignores how little wiggle room many families have with their finances. Tax refunds averaged $2,895 last year, and were the largest single cash infusion received all year by 40 percent of the checking account holders …

Equifax says hackers stole even more information and data than previously reported

CNN  |  March 3, 2018

Cybercriminals exposed millions more people’s personal information in the Equifax hack than the company reported last September. Equifax said the breach surfaced 2.4 million more Americans’ names and drivers license numbers — less data than was exposed from the millions of other victims. Equifax said it will notify the new victims directly. It will offer …

SUCCESS Game is a great way to teach personal finance skills

Channel 5 News  |  March 1, 2018

Can a board game help high school students prepare for the “real world?” “This game is great it’s called SUCCESS,” said Maplewood High School student Malachi French. NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tennessee stopped by Maplewood High School, where the game is being played as a way to learn about finances, making smart investments and donating to charity. Here’s what …

5 pieces of tax advice that are actually baloney

Nerd Wallet  |  February 28, 2018

The world is full of tax advice this time of year, but not all of it is good. Here are five misguided, worthless or flat-out bad pieces of tax advice that tax pros say they wish never existed. 1. Bad Advice: Get An Extension — You’ll Have More Time To Pay Your Taxes! Why it’s …

How To Keep Your Money Safe And Secure While Traveling

Nerd Wallet  |  February 28, 2018

An overseas adventure can be a lot of fun, but there are potential hazards that travelers should take into account when planning trips. The risks of international travel don’t include just your physical safety; your financial security can easily be jeopardized by scammers and thieves if you aren’t careful. Here are some tips and tricks …

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Say These Two Words To Get Upgraded To First Class On Your Next Flight

Kate Streit  |  February 28, 2018

Flying first class is a luxury that not many can afford. Sure, you can try to charm yourself into an upgrade, but that seems like something that only works in the movies, right? According to British author Tilly Bagshawe, there are just two little words that can get you upgraded to first class in a …

This Is How You Can Get Your Kids A Free Birthday Phone Call From Their Favorite Nick Jr. Characters

Sarah Kuta  |  February 27, 2018

If your children are big fans of Nick Jr. shows, this is a super fun way to help them celebrate their birthday. When you sign up for the Nick Jr. Birthday Club, your children can get a free, personalized phone call on their birthday from one of their favorite characters. Get a phone call from …

5 car negotiating secrets for people who absolutely hate haggling

Nerd Wallet  |  February 27, 2018

A short stint as a car salesman taught me that dealers are pros who negotiate all day for a living — and they always have the home field advantage. Later, while buying dozens of test vehicles for an automotive website, I was on the other side of negotiations, and experienced the tricks dealers use to …

This is one family’s plan for paying off $60,000 without sacrificing their lifestyle

Marie Rossiter  |  February 26, 2018

How does a married couple who earns more than $100,000 a year live most of the time on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis? It sounds kind of crazy, but I can tell you from personal experience it happens more often than you think. A debt-driven lifestyle has been robbing us of our peace of mind for years. …

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5 Class-Action Lawsuit Payouts From Popular Brands You’ll Want To Know About

Natalie Gould Tomko  |  February 23, 2018

Keeping an eye out for class-action lawsuit settlements has long been a favorite activity for budgeters and penny pinchers. Turns out, you can make a little money from taking a few minutes to fill out some forms. While some pay just pennies, others pay enough to take the family out to dinner or to stick in …

Why Debt Settlement Can Make a Bad Money Situation Worse

Nerd Wallet  |  February 22, 2018

It’s a spiral no one wants to experience, but many have: You lose a job or suffer a costly illness. The bills pile up. By the time your finances stabilize, calls from collectors are pouring in. In this situation, debt settlement — where creditors agree to settle your debts for less than you owe — …

How 12 Olympians Pinched Pennies to Chase Gold

Nerd Wallet  |  February 20, 2018

We’re used to hearing stories of triumphant Olympians overcoming all odds to achieve their dreams. But for many, staying afloat financially is a lesser-known hurdle as they ski, skate, jump, flip and twirl their way to gold. NerdWallet talked to athletes competing in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea—and one former Olympian—about all things …

These Are The Best Cars To Buy New Rather Than Used

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 20, 2018

When it comes to buying a car, there’s a lot of factors to keep in mind. Price, of course, but also safety, reliability and whether you should buy a new or used vehicle. Typically, we’re all told that a brand new car is a crappy investment—it starts losing value as soon as you drive it …

How To Track Down Lost 401(k) Cash (and Other Unclaimed Money)

Nerd Wallet  |  February 20, 2018

In the hurried days of a big move to a new job, there’s one valuable item workers are neglecting to pack: the money their former employer invested for them in a 401(k). There’s a lot of lost retirement savings without its rightful owners. Exactly how much is unknown—there is no one comprehensive national database on 401(k) or other …

An Amazon Fulfilment Centre Prepares For Black Friday

This couple keeps receiving free items from Amazon—but they want it to stop

Kate Streit  |  February 15, 2018

Coming home and seeing that a package you ordered from Amazon has arrived is one of those small pleasures that can make your day. However, one couple from Acton, Massachusetts, has been inundated with packages from the online retailer. The problem is—they didn’t order them. Since October, Mike and Kelly Gallivan have received more than …

5 ways your grocery store is similar to a casino

John Matarese  |  February 15, 2018

If you think grocery stores are arranged for your convenience, you probably haven’t been inside one recently. They are designed to get you to spend as much money as possible, and a recent report from the casino industry says many of them are carefully laid out, just like a casino, to get you to stay longer …

Where should you put your money if you think the market will crash?

CNN  |  February 14, 2018

Where should I put my money now if I believe the stock market is going to crash? — Jerry, Virginia If you really believe the market is headed for an imminent crash, there are all sorts of places you could invest your money. You could move it all into cash, you could buy gold or …

Olympic Rings at Madureira Park in Rio

13 Money Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Olympics

Brittany Anas  |  February 8, 2018

Curious how much it costs to host the Olympics? South Korea is prepared to spend $13 billion to host the Winter Olympics in the newly constructed PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. (That’s a steal compared to the $50 million paid by Sochi). For those interested in the economics of the Olympics, here’s what’s going on behind-the-scenes, money-wise. (Spoiler …

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This is what Americans have to say about giving gift cards as Valentine’s Day gifts

Chelsea Davis  |  February 6, 2018

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and as much as people like to knock it as a Hallmark holiday, it’s a pretty big deal for the lovebirds of the world. Whether you’ve been married for decades, been dating for just a few months or have a Tinder date planned for Feb. 14, you simply can’t show …

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Love Pancakes? Here’s How You Can Get A Free Short Stack From IHOP

Sarah Kuta  |  February 5, 2018

Mark your calendar now so that you don’t forget: National Pancake Day is coming. On Feb. 27, we must collectively celebrate this delicious, fluffy breakfast staple. And IHOP wants to help—they’re offering us all a free short stack of pancakes on Feb. 27 in honor of the holiday. You can your free short stack anytime …

3 Tips To Remember When Using An Allowance To Teach Your Kids About Responsible Spending

Nerd Wallet  |  February 5, 2018

Here’s an idea: Hand your teenagers hundreds of dollars in one lump sum and leave it up to them to manage the money for the next, say, six to 12 months. Anyone who’s ever had or been a teenager may quail at the thought, but experts say this approach actually can work much better than …

Toyota's New Prius Hybrid Cars To Go On Sale In October

The top 15 cars that owners keep for at least 15 years

Clint Davis  |  January 25, 2018

It’s common knowledge that once you drive a new car off the lot, it immediately loses a ton of its value. But some cars hold onto their worth much longer than others. A new study shows which vehicle models have lasted the longest for their original owners over the past 30 years. The automotive research …

This chart shows where the super rich store their money—and we can all learn from it

Kate Streit  |  January 24, 2018

Have you ever wondered how the wealthy live? And perhaps more importantly, what they are doing with all their money? This chart below from Visual Capitalist breaks down how people of different net worth tiers (from $10,000 up to $1 billion) keep their assets. A person’s net worth is calculated using a number of factors, …

How Ellen Pompeo Negotiated $20 Million Per Year For Her Role In ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Kate Streit  |  January 22, 2018

Ellen Pompeo has been the star of the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2004. As the main character in a long-running and popular show, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Pompeo earns the big bucks. Just how big, however, might surprise you. What’s more, she didn’t always command her current salary and wasn’t …