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Aug 30, 2014 by Kurt
Uh-oh, now I have to try to live up to Mint.com’s “expert” label.
Aug 28, 2014 by Kurt
The “experts” say you need to save at least a million dollars to retire comfortably. What’s Money Counselor’s carefully considered comment? HORSE HOCKEY!
Aug 26, 2014 by Kurt
A story told by Stuart Mclean on the CBC radio show The Vinyl Cafe struck a chord with me, and I think it will with you too.
Aug 21, 2014 by Kurt
The most recent hack perpetrated by crooks in Russia compromised more than a billion username / password combinations. What should you do?
Aug 19, 2014 by Kurt
In this extended excerpt from the 7th edition of “Investing for Dummies,” Eric Tyson explains the steps you should take before launching into an investment program.
Aug 14, 2014 by Kurt
An upcoming change in the formula for the most popular credit score means medical debt in collections will ding the debtor’s score a bit less, non-medical debt a bit more.
Aug 12, 2014 by Kurt
Consumers with overdraft protection attached to their checking account pay four times higher fees—nearly $30 per month on average—than bank customers with no overdraft protection.
Aug 7, 2014 by Kurt
Tempted by an ad or offer guaranteeing a loan or credit card regardless of your credit history? Watch out: you may be looking at an “advance-fee loan” scam.
Aug 5, 2014 by Kurt
There’s nothing quite like the exhilarating feeling of quitting a job that’s a bad fit. Seems the woman who made the...
Jul 31, 2014 by Kurt
Millennials: Andy Smith of The Mutual Fund Store says you’re a “wuss” if you don’t turn over your money to Wall Street. Do you find that a convincing sales pitch?
Jul 29, 2014 by Kurt
As a fellow personal finance blogger recently described, a consolidation loan can be a useful tool in paying off debt. Or it can be a self-deception that lets the borrower live beyond his or her means even longer.
Jul 24, 2014 by Kurt
Nearly 60% of Millennials’ income goes to repay debt. No wonder they’re consuming less than Boomers did.
Jul 21, 2014 by Kurt
LendingTree’s invitation to take out a loan to remedy too much debt is like advising an alcoholic to drink more to get straight.
Jul 10, 2014 by Kurt
Are you struggling with debt? Here’s another installment in a Money Counselor series on readers’ real life battles with and victories over debt.
Jul 7, 2014 by Kurt
I share my latest picks for three pieces of online content with the power to help you make better money choices (the Diamonds), and one that can put the bite on you (the Dog).
Jul 1, 2014 by Kurt
The U.S. Declaration of Independence: a great read!
Jun 26, 2014 by Kurt
We’ve signed up our first tenant for our recently inherited farmhouse. Here’s what I learned about the process.
Jun 24, 2014 by Kurt
I’m not too poor but I am too cheap to buy only organic food varieties. Here’s how I decide when to buy organic.
Jun 19, 2014 by Kurt
Question: When is a 174% loan APR promoted as a deal? Answer: When the regular APR is 600%! That’s this payday lender’s unabashed pitch for its noxious product.
Jun 17, 2014 by Kurt
If you’ve got debts you can’t pay, “debt settlement” may have crossed your radar (probably through a cheesy tv commercial) as a possible way out.
Jun 12, 2014 by Kurt
I’m collecting ‘debt stories’ for publication on Money Counselor through a regular series. Do you have a story, whether good, bad, or ugly?
Jun 9, 2014 by Kurt
Are you one of 70 million “underbanked” Americans? A new documentary called “Spent” publicizes your plight with the aim of spurring changes that will save you money and make life a bit easier.
Jun 5, 2014 by Kurt
For a vivid image of small investors shooting themselves in the collective foot—again—check out this simple graph.
Jun 3, 2014 by Kurt
What’s your mentality: Spend now and save later? Save now and spend later? Something in between?
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