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5 Scary Wedding Scams to Avoid This Season

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Weddings require many important decisions and the wrong call can mean the difference between an unforgettable wonderful day and a day that makes you angry every time you think about it. The often unreasonably high expectations of families and friends and at least one spouse-to-be only makes matters more fraught. With such a high level of stress, it’s only a matter of luck that mistakes don’t get made. Scam artists are counting on that. There […]

  • Summer vacation

    How Staying Off Social Media Can Keep You Safer & Happier This SummerSocial Media, Lifehacking

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    Let’s face it, there’s no bigger downer than working all day and coming home to images of other people’s awesome vacations — that is, nothing except maybe coming home to find out you’ve been robbed or had your identity stolen. According the Pew Research Center, 65% of adults use social media, and among people aged 18 to 29, the percentage skyrockets to more than 90% of the population. For a family with kids, a staggering […]

  • Tax return

    4 Last-Minute Tax Moves You Can Make on Dec. 31Financial Literacy, Lifehacking, Personal Finance

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    Why hello there, Procrastinator. I know you’re busy wondering how 2015 got away from you, but here’s some good news: 1. Clean Your Closet If you itemize deductions, you might want to take some time to round up unused clothes and household items, and donate them before Dec. 31. “Take a picture of what you’re donating, make a complete list of items and value, and get a receipt,” said Gail Rosen, a certified public accountant based in Martinsville, […]

  • Debt

    4 Ways to Jump-Start Your Debt Repayment Plan in 2016Financial Literacy, Lifehacking, credit

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    Paying down your debt is a popular and noble goal to work toward. Of course, getting to that zero balance is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are some ways you can make the task a bit easier and increase the odds you’ll stay on track. Here’s how to jump-start your debt repayment plan in 2016. 1. Keep Your Other Resolutions New Year’s can be a great time to rebalance your budget — which will in turn […]

  • Credit Cards

    The Hidden Bonus of Paying Off Credit Card DebtLifehacking, credit, Personal Finance

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    In theory, nobody wants to be in debt. But when credit card bills arrive, we don’t exactly rush to pay them. And when we do, we may not pay the full balance. Understandably, we don’t want to be separated from our money. We earned that money, it’s hard to see it come into your bank account and exit just as quickly. But racking up high balances on your credit cards, even if you continue to […]

  • Are Smart Homes a Privacy Risk?Lifehacking, Technology

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    Imagine the home of the future. While these smart homes may not be connected to transportation pods like in “The Jetsons” or have pizza hydrators like in “Back to the Future Part II,” one thing’s for sure: Abodes will be increasingly high-tech, relying on the Internet to function. The enhanced connectivity in smart homes could result in a rise in hacking risks. In 2015, things that were not Internet-enabled in the past — like thermometers and […]

  • How to Find and Close Your Old Online AccountsLifehacking, Personal Finance

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    I remember my first online accounts. I just wish I could find them. When I was a teenager, there was some blogging or profile site most people in my school had, and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Friendster, MySpace, Xanga or LiveJournal — I really have no idea). I do remember my page having a black background and lime green text, and there was […]

  • 7 Reasons to Get Your Credit ScoreLifehacking

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    In a recent Credit.com survey, 36% of people said that the last time they saw their credit score, they were applying for a loan. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s also not the ideal time to find out what’s going on with your credit… especially if you discover there’s a problem. I’m Adam Levin and this is the Wall Street Journal Credit Minute. You should be checking your credit scores before you need them, […]

  • The Laziest Ways to Improve Your Credit ScoreFinancial Literacy, Lifehacking, Money

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    You can be pretty lazy and still help your credit. I’m Adam Levin and this is the Wall Street Journal Credit Minute. Credit can be confusing, overwhelming, and sometimes, downright depressing. Many people with credit problems never get help because they don’t know where to start, or they think it’s all just too difficult and they figure, why bother. But the reality is that there are some pretty simple rules you can live by to […]

  • Vacation Safety Travel Tips – Part TwoLifehacking, Consumer Protection

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    Don’t let the blissful distraction of a summer vacation turn into a stressful return to the real world. I’m Adam Levin and this is the Wall Street Journal Credit Minute. Thieves are banking on your head being in the clouds while you’re on vacation. Meanwhile, they’re picking your pockets or hijacking your documents and personal information. Here are a few ways to stay safe while you’re away. Put your wallet in your front pocket or […]

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