My Money

April 2012


The Myth of Free Checking

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In the shadow of the Occupy Wall Street and Bank Transfer Day movements lurks a poorly kept secret. While many banks and credit unions market their checking accounts as free, consumers are paying more fees than ever. What, in theory, could be free, is actually costing us a princely sum.

And the ...

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7 Foolish Grocery Shopping Mistakes

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Grocery stores are designed to encourage extra purchases while making you think you’re getting the best prices in town. Knowing how to shop at your neighborhood grocery store can help you steer clear of some common marketing tactics and avoid making costly mistakes.

Here are seven foolish grocery ...

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shopping

10 Quick Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances

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With the tax-filing deadline behind us, now is a perfect time to get your financial house in order. Like other aspects of our lives, our finances can get a bit messy if we don’t take the time to straighten them out from time to time. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to make sure ...

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6 Shopping Habits Hurting Your Budget

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If you’re struggling to keep that budget in order, make sure your day-to-day shopping habits aren’t to blame. Certain habits can make you more likely to spend money you don’t have and buy things you don’t even need. Planning ahead can help you get your spending on track, but there are a few other ...

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Tax Moves for Procrastinators

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The deadline for filing taxes is just around the corner. Thanks to the 15th falling on a Sunday and Emancipation Day falling on the 16th, taxes this year are due on April 17. For the procrastinators among us, the extra two days offer a refreshing reprieve.

It also gives us two more days to make sure ...

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personal finance
taxes

8 Forgotten Credit Card Perks

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One day, while browsing my local Apple store, a young couple came into the store in tears. They just purchased an iPad about five hours ago and, in their zeal, managed to drop it on the floor. The screen was badly cracked. They were wondering if Apple could do anything for them but, unfortunately,

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personal finance
credit cards
credit

7 Simple Ways to Save Money on Healthy Food

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Eating a diet of mostly unprocessed, wholesome, raw, and even organic foods can help you maintain a healthy weight and even give you more energy. However, healthy food doesn’t always come cheap. Free-range eggs, organic chicken, and many organic fruits and vegetables are often priced at a premium ...

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6 Ways to Save on Easter Shipping

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Easter is just around the corner. Maybe there’s someone in your family, or a good friend, who would appreciate an Easter basket, a box of cookies, or a bouquet of flowers this year. If you need to ship your Easter present, you’re going to have to think fast, because Easter is fast approaching.

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