Nest Egg

Increasing the value of your retirement nest egg

At one time, a wage earner in the United States could put earnings into a bank CD for retirement and live on the interest. But with the cost of living rising faster than interest rates, that is no longer possible. There are many other investment strategies a wage-earner can use during his or her working
Gas prices

Rising gas costs a sign of economic recovery?

Some industry analysts are saying that the rising cost of gasoline is driven, at least in part, by higher demand as the U.S. recovers from the economic downturn. Others say the economy is suffering because of inflated fuel prices. Indications of economic recovery A variety of recent reports give strong indications of continued recovery in
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Budget Busters – What the Heck is That?

Ruin Your Credit with These Habits… Commercialism is everywhere, and one can’t seem to survive without being expected to run up credit card debt. It’s the “gotta have it now” syndrome, and it is ruining your health. Think you are immune to this syndrome? Let me ask you: do you have at least one credit

Retail firms begin backlash against extreme couponing

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of buzz about “extreme couponing.” Shoppers obsessively clip coupons and buy large amounts of goods for pennies. Large retail firms are taking notice, and there is a growing backlash against copious quantities of coupons. Coupon use skyrocketing thanks to dour economy and reality television Throughout
Cremations sign, A France and Son, London, UK

How to start a mortuary business the right way (Pt. 2)

If you’re looking to start your own mortuary business, be prepared to spend some cash. Keep reading here for more on the necessary steps to help make your new business a success. CLICK HERE if you missed the beginning of this article. How to start a mortuary business step 5 – Measure your competition With

Cost of private school would increase at Hogwarts, too

Students from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania calculated what one year of tuition would cost at the fictional Hogwarts school from the “Harry Potter” series. The school devoted to teaching witchcraft and wizardry would cost more than a year at Harvard University, and real private schools are becoming more expensive, too. Witch-hazel League versus Ivy Fans
Foreclosed home

Make sure a foreclosure is not a former meth lab before buying

A sort of bright side to the sad state of the housing market, as it were, is that a large number of foreclosed homes are available at a discount. However, be careful while shopping, as that foreclosure could be a money pit or worse, a former meth lab. Oregon couple sickened by former meth lab
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Outstanding Valentine’s gift ideas for men

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and good sons, friends, boyfriends and husbands everywhere will be buying the women in their lives presents to celebrate the occasion. For the most part, however, men don’t get to join the present parade. If you have one and want to show your man some love this Feb. 14, here
Banana Republic

Two new partners sign on to Create Jobs for USA

A few months ago, Starbucks launched a nonprofit effort called Create Jobs for USA, which provided funding for loans to small business owners who intend to create jobs. Now, Google and Banana Republic have signed on to help raise money for the fund. Create Jobs for USA First funded by Starbucks, the Create Jobs for

Patients about to save money as Lipitor goes off patent

Lipitor, the best-selling prescription drug in the world, recently went “off patent” as the copyright on the drug has expired. Patients taking the drug can expect to save a lot of money as it and other brand-name drugs go generic. Save money on overdraft fees with installment payday loans. Best selling drug of all time
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How to set up a 529 plan as a gift

A 529 savings plan is, simply put, a safe way to invest money for future college expenses. 529 plans were set up as a way for parents to plan for future college expenses, but 529 plans can also be a great gift for nieces, nephews or other children in your life. Basics of a 529
Oil on canvas painting Home, Sweet Home by Winslow Homer (1836-1910).

How buying art for cheap fits your life and budget

Do you think that art has no place in your life? Have you considered the possibility that you lack intelligence or a soul? Or maybe a lack of money is the root cause. If so, here are some tips for buying art for cheap to spruce up your home décor and charm someone you’re trying

Walmart expanding check-cashing business

For years, Walmart has very limited check cashing services to customers. On Monday, the company announced it would cash practically all pre-printed checks for 2 to 4 percent of the face value. Despite this and other major retailers making similar moves, in-store check cashing is still an expensive and in-demand service. Walmart’s check cashing business
costs of business

The basic recurring costs of business

Running a business means having a good handle on the costs that you will be incurring to keep your business running. Even if you are in a low startup cost business, such as an online or service-based business, there are certain expenses you will need to pay on a regular basis. Licenses Business licenses are

Lawsuits begin over potential Missouri payday loan cap

A legal battle has emerged over efforts to get a payday loan interest cap on the ballot in Missouri; two lawsuits have been filed against the potential measure. The law would follow similar legislation in other states that caps the amount of interest payday lenders can charge at 36 percent. Missouri the latest state to
Home underwater

Short sales on the rise in aggressive mortgage market

Homes in foreclosure, or approaching foreclosure, made up nearly one-fourth of all U.S. residential home sales in the final quarter of 2011, according to a new report by RealtyTrac. Lenders have been approving more short sales and cutting their losses. Up for quarter, down for year In the third quarter of 2011, only 20 percent
Obama pride

Obama schools young on student loan hike – Pt. 1

President Obama is currently traveling the nation, appealing to college crowds about an impending student loan rate hike. Ironically, Mitt Romney is saying pretty much the same thing on the issue. President appeals to college students President Obama made his pitch on college campuses in Boulder, Colo., and Chapel Hill, N.C., earlier this week. He