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‘Women on 20s’ campaign wants Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

Filed under: Finances on June 17, 2015 @ 8:41 am

Not only do American women earn 78 cents on the dollar of what a man earns, but they’re also vastly underrepresented on U.S. currency.

A group of women launched a campaign to change that, with the goal of putting a woman’s face on U.S. dollar bills by 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage. Yes, technically Susan B. Anthony (my namesake) is pictured on the $1 coin, but fewer than 800 million of those coins were minted before it fell out of favor. The Women on 20s campaign hopes to replace Andrew Jackson (who helped pass the Indian Removal Act of 1830) from the $20 bill in favor of an influential woman. (more…)

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5 financial lessons learned from dad

Filed under: Finances on June 10, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

Dad taught us to ride a bike and drive a stick shift. Whether by positive example (a change jar on the dresser) or through a cautionary tale of what not to do (toss the credit card bills), we also picked up money habits from our dads.

With Father’s Day approaching, I reflected on five important money lessons my dad passed down to me.
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Why my brother chose a card with an annual fee

Filed under: Credit Card Tips on June 5, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

Now that he’s learned to use credit responsibly and has built up a good credit history, my 28-year-old brother recently decided to up his credit card rewards game and apply for a card with an annual fee to get a larger signing bonus and other perks. Since I’d recently done the same thing, he asked my advice on choosing the right card.

Here’s a look at the areas we discussed.
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Can mystery magazine mean mystery card charge?

Filed under: Fraud and Privacy Issues on June 3, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

A few months ago, mysterious magazines addressed to my husband — ones he’d never ordered — started arriving in the mail.

It was an odd combo: Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and Midwest Living. First, I wondered if he’d randomly ordered some subscriptions from a niece or nephew doing a school fundraiser. But I figured he would have picked magazines he’d actually read, maybe Wired or Vanity Fair.
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Study: More cardholders carrying balances

Filed under: Credit Card Tips on May 27, 2015 @ 11:07 am

If you have a good job and steady paycheck, but can’t seem to get ahead financially, you’re not alone. One survey shows many U.S. employees still struggle with debt, cash flow and saving.

For example, the 2015 Employee Financial Wellness Survey by audit, tax and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 47 percent of full-time employees carry balances on their cards. That’s up from 45 percent last year, according to PwC’s report on the survey.

And even more Gen X and Gen Y employees — 52 percent — consistently carry credit card balances, up from 51 percent for both groups last year.
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5 ways to protect your identity from the Anthem breach

Filed under: Fraud and Privacy Issues on May 20, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

I stayed pretty calm when I learned I’d been a victim of the Target data breach, and later the one at Home Depot. But when I fell prey to the Anthem data breach a few months ago, I lost my cool.
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How to cut costs on smartphones

Filed under: Finances on May 13, 2015 @ 10:33 am

I was really happy when I discovered a cellphone provider that charged by usage and cut my bill in half. But I recently found a downside: Expensive smartphones don’t always last for long.

Last year, I wrote about the no-contract  cellphone provider Ting and how happy I was with the company. I cut the bill (for both me and my husband) from $135 a month with T-Mobile to between $60 and $75 a month. But to use the service, I had to buy my own phone, which cost over $250.
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Join our Google+ Hangout on medical debt

Filed under: Google Plus Hangout on May 8, 2015 @ 9:55 am

It’s not just designer shoe addictions or getting in over your head with house and family expenses that causes debt woes.

In fact, more than half of all debt listed on credit reports is medical in nature. That’s according to a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that found medical debt accounts for 52 percent of all reported debt.
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Lost purse: 4 prep steps

Filed under: Fraud and Privacy Issues on May 6, 2015 @ 9:25 am

I’ve always known I should take steps to prepare for a lost purse, but I always put it off for another day.

A few weeks ago, I was doing last-minute cleaning to get ready for a party my husband and I were hosting. I shoved a bunch of stuff into a drawer — my purse included — then forgot what I’d done.
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Don’t expect to cash in from Target’s class action lawsuit

Filed under: Fraud and Privacy Issues on April 29, 2015 @ 8:56 am

Target recently agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class action lawsuit over the big data breach that may have affected more than 100 million consumers, including me. But that doesn’t mean big bucks for victims.
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