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Best Free Resources for Continuing Education

As much as we may want to follow the excellent, oft-given advice to “never stop learning,” in the real world continuing our educations past grade school and college can be difficult. Higher education doesn’t come cheap, and it’s hard to make room in our already busy lives filled with family ...

The Secret to Getting Generic Drugs Even Cheaper

Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box ...

The Secret to Gettign Generic Drugs Even Cheaper

Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box ...

Could a Generic Drug Ever Be Unsafe for You?

Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box ...

How To Get Generic Drugs Even Cheaper

Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box ...

How To Shop for Term Life Insurance

It's distressing to me how few people with young kids have life insurance. The problem is the insurance that's best for people with dependents is not touted by the industry as a general rule. Stay-at-home spouses have a special need for life insurance. A new survey from Salary.com finds the ...

Clark's Advice on Money Management for Couples

Do opposites attract, or do you look for a person who handles money like you in a relationship? How to handle money in a relationship Clark and his wife have long called themselves "the MasterCard logo couple." The consumer champ came into the marriage with "cheap" stitched across his forehead. ...

4 Ways To Opt Out of Junk Mail

In the aftermath of the Anthem breach, I've recommended people do a credit freeze. Yet there's a question that has poppued up again and again about what happens after you freeze your credit. When someone freezes their credit, they may get a letter in their mailbox asking if they want ...

Smartphone and Data Plan Guide for 2015

The cost of monthly cell phone service is dropping. The change for your wallet is the best since the last big wave of discounting began 15 years ago. Plans and services are morphing in many different directions at once. That makes saving money more complicated and requires you to decide ...

Fake IRS Phone Scam Making the Rounds

Just before the holiday rush, scamsters are working overtime trying to get your money in a continuing phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service reports sophisticated IRS impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment. In some cases they're also impersonating local law enforcement and threatening you with immediate arrest unless ...

14 Red Flags That Will Get You Audited By The IRS

Are you doing your taxes? Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has put together a list of things that will get you flagged by the IRS this tax season. Here are 14 audit red flags that will trip you up You make too much money. The IRS will target those with incomes ...

14 Red Flags That Will Get You Audited By The IRS

Are you doing your taxes? Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has put together a list of things that will get you flagged by the IRS this tax season. Here are 14 audit red flags to beware of You make too much money. The IRS will target those with incomes above $200,000. ...

Smartphone and Data Plan Guide for 2015

The cost of monthly cell phone service is dropping. The change for your wallet is the best since the last big wave of discounting began 15 years ago. Plans and services are morphing in many different directions at once. That makes saving money more complicated and requires you to decide ...

Get Your Free Credit Score

Your credit score shouldn't be a mystery. Now there's a new way you may be able to see your FICO score for free every month. I've long talked about CreditKarma.com, which allows you to see your non-FICO credit score for free. CreditKarma is a totally free service that makes money ...

Free apps could save your credit score

Nobody likes having bad credit. Thankfully, there are free apps that could keep you from forgetting about bills and damaging your credit score. The secret to great credit is really no secret at all. More than a third of your credit score is made up of how well you pay ...

Now Is the Time To Use Your Gift Cards

Got a gift card you don't want? Did you know there's a way to turn it into cash you can use to buy something you really do want?! Why you can't sit on those gift cards Every Christmas, people give me gift cards and then apologize. The word got out ...

Don't Give Your Social Security Number at These Places

When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not? My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don't do it, unless I know it's absolutely, positively required for what I'm doing. Companies and institutions ask for our Social Security numbers like they're ...

Facebook Privacy Policy Changes To Benefit Users

Facebook is about to offer users a more hands-on way to manage their privacy on the 1.28 billion person social network. Here's a look at how the new Facebook privacy policy will impact users According to a recent post on its blog, Facebook will default all new user accounts to ...

3 Apps To Earn Cash Back On Groceries

It seems like every week we hear about food prices going up again.  First, beef prices. Then, it was milk and eggs. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the price of fresh fruits and vegetables will rise 6% in the coming months. That’s due in part to ...

The Best Ice Cream Is Also The Cheapest

For as far back as I can remember, I have been thrifty. Some would say "cheap," and I have no problem with that word. But all through the years, I have had a mantra: There is one thing in life on which I will not compromise and that's ice cream. ...

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