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Retirees, Transform Your House Using Smart Home Technology
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Retirees, Transform Your House Using Smart Home Technology

Going high-tech allows you to control your lights, locks and many appliances with voice activation and can help you age in place. Here's what to consi…
September 22, 2021
Complain and Be Heard
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Complain and Be Heard

Getting our money back for the extended warranty and gap insurance we didn't want took patience and persistence.
August 31, 2021
Think Twice About Applying for Credit
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Think Twice About Applying for Credit

Credit card issuers are offering a lot of incentives, but your credit score could suffer.
August 27, 2021
Complain and Get Results
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Complain and Get Results

Use these tried-and-true strategies to get companies to listen to you.
August 26, 2021
19 Things You Can't Return to Amazon
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19 Things You Can't Return to Amazon

Before tossing these items into your virtual shopping cart, be sure to read Amazon's return policy first.
August 16, 2021

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New Perks From Our Best Rewards Cards
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New Perks From Our Best Rewards Cards

No annual fee, new tiered rewards and more cash back are some of the offerings.
July 24, 2021
25 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco
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25 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco

Many of warehouse club Costco's store-branded Kirkland Signature items get high marks for quality and value. Check out our picks.
July 21, 2021
21 Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi
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21 Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi

The German supermarket chain is known for low prices, but not every item on Aldi's shelves is a bargain. See our list of the best and worst buys.
July 14, 2021
8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to the Carolinas
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8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to the Carolinas

From the picturesque beach towns to cozy mountain communities, North Carolina and South Carolina offer retirees plenty of incentives.
July 12, 2021
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?
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How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?

The annual cost of an Amazon Prime membership has remained steady for both new and renewing members, even with new competition and the surge in busine…
July 9, 2021
How Much Does an Amazon Prime Membership Cost?
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How Much Does an Amazon Prime Membership Cost?

The cost of an annual Amazon Prime membership has remained steady, even as Amazon struggled during the COVID-related lockdown and new competition aros…
July 8, 2021
Think Twice Before You Close a Credit Card
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Think Twice Before You Close a Credit Card

Even if you’re no longer using it, closing an account could ding your credit score.
June 24, 2021
The Most Popular Items Sold on Amazon Prime Day
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The Most Popular Items Sold on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day moved up to June 2021 after a dive into October in 2020. Here are the most popular items sold this week.
June 23, 2021
Staunton, Va.: The Perfect Place (for Me) to Retire
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Staunton, Va.: The Perfect Place (for Me) to Retire

Why not head farther south? Virginia is retiree-friendly, it doesn’t tax Social Security, and it has no estate or inheritance tax.
June 23, 2021
Keep Moving Costs in Check
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Keep Moving Costs in Check

If I've learned anything, it's that moving is almost always more costly and time-consuming than I anticipate.
June 18, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2021
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The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2021

Prime members can plan their Prime Day purchases in advance to efficiently score the biggest and best deals throughout the two-day event.
June 14, 2021
Winning With SPACs Is a Long Shot
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Winning With SPACs Is a Long Shot

With SPACs, you're betting on companies with short track records and uncertain futures – and relying on someone else to find them.
May 26, 2021
Super Deals and Discounts for 2021
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Super Deals and Discounts for 2021

Consumer prices are popping as the economy reopens, and that means finding good values is more important than ever. We uncovered bargains on everythin…
May 25, 2021
Credit Card Perks for Car Rentals
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Credit Card Perks for Car Rentals

Certain cards can boost your status in a rental company’s loyalty program and give you an edge.
May 24, 2021
18 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores
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18 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores

These discount retailers stock plenty of bargains, but some of the merchandise isn’t worth the buck.
May 14, 2021
Getting a Used Car Deal in a Tight Market
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Getting a Used Car Deal in a Tight Market

Cars are scarce and prices have gone up. Use these strategies to find the best values.
April 29, 2021
4 Ways to Use Mobile Wallets
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4 Ways to Use Mobile Wallets

Beyond contactless payments, mobile wallets let you send money to a friend, get cash-back rewards and more.
April 28, 2021
Home Upgrades that Pay Off
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Home Upgrades that Pay Off

Some affordable renovations recoup most of their cost when you sell.
April 24, 2021
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021? The Dates May Have Leaked
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When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021? The Dates May Have Leaked

Circumstances beyond its control forced Amazon to move its annual Christmas-in-July Amazon Prime Day blowout sale in 2020 to October. It looks like Pr…
April 22, 2021
The Hazards of Buy Now, Pay Later
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The Hazards of Buy Now, Pay Later

Breaking up payments can make a big purchase seem cheaper, which can tempt you to overspend.
March 31, 2021