What We Can Learn from TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates”

There are spenders. There are savers. And then, there are cheapskates. Extreme Cheapskates is a new show on the TLC network that showcases the incredible — and often questionable — measures some people will take to save money. Ranging from the mildly inconvenient (only showering at the gym) to the potentially illegal (taking expired food fro...


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Do You Need to Know Your Credit Score?

Knowing your credit score is just one part of being an informed consumer. But even if you know that magical three-digit number, do you know what it actually means? Here's a quick overview. What is a credit score? A credit score is a three-digit number that reflects the information in your credit report. Most people are familiar with the FICO mode...


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How Do You Plan To Pay Off Your Student Loans?

Most college graduates incur student loan debt as they finance their education, and you can’t rent a car, book an airline flight or purchase anything online without a credit card. Repaying those debts is where most people struggle, however. Debt reduction solutions do exist, and you can successfully follow a debt management program. Here’s how....

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Does it Make Sense to Lease a Vehicle?

I am frequently asked if leasing is ever a good idea. The answer is no. Before you get all excited about tax credits and buying a depreciating asset and all that stuff, let me qualify my statement. If you are a CPA or have an MBA and earn at least $100,000 a year you can make your own financial decisions without consulting with anyone. If you ar...