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NerdWallet: 0% credit card offers can provide holiday relief — if used wisely

December 6, 2023, 8:18am Business

It’s hard to say what kills the holiday buzz more: Putting away the festive decorations or a mountain of credit card debt that swells with every interest charge. Read story

Millennial Money: What the 2024 Social Security COLA could mean for your retirement

December 5, 2023, 7:51am Business

Social Security benefits for millions of people will rise by an average of over $50 a month starting in January, thanks to the Social Security Administration’s 3.2% annual cost of living adjustment for 2024, announced on Oct. 12. The change will immediately put more money in current retirees’ pockets, but… Read story

Palmer: Smart steps to take when helping your grandchildren financially

December 4, 2023, 7:50am Business

In his early 20s, Chris Chen’s nephew dreamed of becoming a professional photographer, but to pursue that dream, he needed equipment that cost over $5,000. His nephew worked hard to save $1,500, then his maternal grandmother provided an additional $750. Chen, a certified financial planner in Newton, Massachusetts, covered the… Read story

Burns: Are you selling your TV viewing time too cheap?

December 3, 2023, 6:00am Business

The last time I watched TV ads was in my dentist’s office. Read story

Hiltzik: An exhaustive debunking of the dumbest myths about Social Security

December 3, 2023, 5:13am Business

Myths and canards about Social Security and its supposed fiscal troubles have steadily proliferated over the years. But it’s rare to find them all concentrated in one place as they were in a recent article on the online news site Slate. Read story

Weston: Companies’ deceptive ‘dark patterns’ online cost you money — here’s how to fight back

December 2, 2023, 5:28am Business

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How to gain confidence in your retirement strategy: 5 areas you must address

December 2, 2023, 5:08am Business

When you stop working for a living and have to rely on your savings to fund your retirement, it can be stressful. No longer do you have the safety of your next paycheck to tide you over. You’ll need to have your finances for the next couple decades (or more)… Read story

NerdWallet: As Airbnb falters, hostels seek to compete

November 29, 2023, 7:52am Business

Once a niche market for frugal, globetrotting young people, hostels are becoming a popular form of alternative lodging. No longer just rows of bunk beds, some hostels now offer private rooms and amenities like rooftop pools and spas. Read story

Millennial Money: 5 steps to creating financial boundaries during the holidays

November 28, 2023, 7:45am Business

Marketing ads, family functions and holiday gift-giving culture can make it feel impossible not to spend, or for some, overspend. According to a 2023 survey from NerdWallet, around half of Americans (52%) incurred credit card debt when shopping for gifts during the holidays last year, and almost a third (31%)… Read story

Bankrate: Why are store cards so much easier to get?

November 27, 2023, 5:22am Business

Some types of credit cards are easier to qualify for than the rest, either because they require collateral or because they come with limitations. Falling into the latter category are store credit cards, which can only be used within a single type of store or a family of stores. That… Read story