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5 Reasons Americans Are Unhappy

The economy may be improving, but many Americans are still miserable. Some people recently expressed surprise that New York City — the home of Broadway, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park — was ranked as the No. 1 city where Americans are...

How Menus Trick You Into Spending More

The next time you’re perusing a menu, treat it with the same caution you would a pot of last month’s stew. That’s because higher priced and unhealthy items are strategically presented to look the most appetizing. Two recent and separate analyses...

5 Ways to Reduce Financial Stress in Retirement

Planning financially for retirement can seem like an impossible task at first. I can't promise that the following five ways will eliminate 100 percent of your financial stress in retirement or provide you total peace of mind but I've found that...

Never Get Cheated by Car Mechanics Again

What’s a car owner to do when his trusted auto mechanic leaves the business to run a funeral home? Such was the unlikely scenario I found myself facing a few years ago. I had been seeing the same mechanic almost since I bought my first car in...

What Would You Pay for an Hour of Complete Silence?

If your day is spent among screaming children, honking traffic, yapping coworkers, blowhard bosses and fitful sleep, this thought has almost certainly crossed your mind: Why is it so hard to find some peace and quiet — even for just an hour? Now,...

Dying Doesn’t Make the Taxman Go Away

When a loved one dies, someone must step up to handle the resulting financial matters. Often the person is named in the decedent’s will as the estate executor, but if there’s no will, the probate court can appoint an executor. It’s often the...

Who Still Uses Paper Checks? Crooks

Two groups remain loyal to the paper check: American businessmen and crooks. Dead-tree checks remain the preferred mode of payment for half of U.S. businesses, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. Fraudsters bank on this fact: Checks were...

Don’t Get Credit Cards From These 5 Stores

Buyers beware: The insanely high interest rates on some stores’ credit cards make the markups they add to merchandise look like child’s play. According to a survey of 61 major retail credit cards released Thursday by CreditCards.com, a...

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