Alpha Consumer

April 2010


8 Questions for the Constantly Broke

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If you find yourself nervously checking your bank account balance before payday, then perhaps it’s time to make some changes. Before swearing off restaurants or cutting up your credit card, ask yourself the following 8 questions, which are designed to help get you back on top of your finances.

Do I ...

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personal finance

Beware of the Latest Check Scam

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The check and accompanying flyer look deceptively realistic: “Publishers Clearing House presents PCH Search & Win,” it says, before declaring the recipient an “InstaPrize” winner of $1 million. An enclosed check contains what appears to be an initial payment of $3,990. Even a reasonably skeptical ...

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How to Escape From Debt

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As a personal finance reporter for The Washington Post, Nancy Trejos spent her days interviewing people about their credit card debt and writing about how to be a smart spender. Meanwhile, her own bills were piling up. At one point, she even had to call her parents – immigrants who had earned a ...

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Get Free Food on Tax Day

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After slogging through your tax paperwork and writing a check to Uncle Sam (or, if you’re lucky, collecting a refund), it’s time to reward yourself for all that hard work. Dozens of restaurants, from the sit-down seafood chain McCormick & Schmick's to ice cream shop MaggieMoo's, are offering free ...

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Test Your Insurance IQ

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Now that the health insurance reform bill has become law, it’s a good time for a quick check-up: Do you have enough coverage? Your own health care isn’t the only area that deserves a second look. Many Americans fail to take out enough life insurance but end up taking out too much insurance for ...

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personal finance