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Secret Consumer Scores

Secret Consumer Scores

They're not credit scores, but they can cost you big They know what you buy. They know what you eat. They know whether you're healthy. "They" are data-tracking and analysis companies, and they compi...

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Minor Traffic Tickets Have Big Hidden Costs

Minor Traffic Tickets Have Big Hidden Costs

Most people know that serious violations such as drunk driving can cause insurance premiums to rise. But relatively minor moving violations—such as driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit,...

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Why Are Contracts So Complex?

Why Are Contracts So Complex?

Have you looked at a contract lately—whether it’s from a bank or an insurer or a car-rental company? Easy to understand? Not! But we can do something about that. “Today’s consumers have more...

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How to Hide: Keep Your Movements, Your Purchases and Your Past Private

How to Hide: Keep Your Movements, Your Purchases and Your Past Private

People have the right to hide their pasts—as long as they are European. That essentially was the ruling of the European Union's highest court in May, which said Google must grant requests by individ...

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The Verdict on Prepaid Legal Plans

The Verdict on Prepaid Legal Plans

Prepaid legal plans promise to provide a lawyer’s help when you need it for a modest subscription fee of $20 to $30 per month (more for businesses). That sounds like a great way to protect yourself ...

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Rules for Giving Kids Allowance

Rules for Giving Kids Allowance

Are you spoiling your child $5 at a time or creating the next financial superstar? This is the bottom line on rules for giving your kids allowance. Bottom Line/Pe...

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The IRS May Be After You

The IRS May Be After You

Who's Getting Audited and What to Do If It's You IRS audit rates are trending downward, but that doesn't mean you should feel safe—approximately 1.5 million Americans still will be audited this yea...

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You Can Still Retire Even If You’ve Saved Nothing

You Can Still Retire Even If You’ve Saved Nothing

Baby boomers are in trouble. They’re nearing retirement, but many have very little, if any, money saved. Now what? This is the bottom line on how to retire comfortably...

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How to Get Your Grown Kids Out of Your House

How to Get Your Grown Kids Out of Your House

Are your grown kids eating you out of house and home? Is your empty nest getting a little too crowded? Here is how to get your grown kids out of the house and off your p...

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How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Congratulations! You are thinking about life insurance. It can be kind of creepy to think about, and it can be really confusing to sort out the details. We can help! ...

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