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Is being lazy costing you money?

Planning a trip soon? Consider flying a week before Labor Day, when airfare is cheapest. Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury/Getty Images As you map out your family’s mid-summer vacation during these “dog days of summer,” don’t let the grueling heat zap your motivation to stay on top of your personal finances. After all, being lazy can be costly. […]

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Credit score: You’re doing it wrong

Hero Images/Getty Images About half of Americans have checked their credit score within the last year. That might not be often enough. A new survey suggests there is a strong correlation between regularly checking your credit score and exhibiting good credit behavior. How regularly? 7 times a year. FREE TOOL: Check your credit score and […]

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Clinton a consumer advocate? Not always

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post/Getty Images Hillary Clinton this week likely will be championed as an advocate for the underdog consumer, but this hasn’t always been the reality. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president will enter her party’s national convention in Philadelphia carrying a mixed record […]

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The DNC and your paycheck

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images The party platform drafted for this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia tackles a slew of issues that affect workers, ranging from the minimum wage to equal pay. Here’s how a Democratic win in November could potentially impact your paycheck. Minimum wage In the past year, protests by minimum-wage workers have […]

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Leak exposes Social Security numbers of DNC donors

Just days before the start of the Democratic National Convention, thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails have been leaked. Drew Angerer/Getty Images If you’ve donated money to the Democratic National Committee within the last 1 1/2 years, you may want to consider freezing your credit. WikiLeaks published donor names, addresses, Social Security numbers and […]

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Sneaky ways Pokemon Go could cost you

Doug Whiteman So, you’ve caught the fever and are officially hooked on Pokémon Go. The app game has attracted a cult following, and children and adults alike have been spotted around the world glued to their smartphones, hunting Charizards and Squirtles. Pokémon Go is a “free-to-play” app, but the game has cost some players a […]

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Melania mess highlights plagiarism dangers

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Internet had a field day with Melania Trump’s convention speech this week, following the discovery that passages showed striking similarities to both Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic convention and Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The woman who wants to be the next first lady is […]

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What Drake can teach your kids about money

Drake and his mom, Sandi Graham, take in a Toronto Raptors game. Rick Madonik/Getty Images My kids are never going to be as wealthy as Drake, but if I can instill in them the character the multi-platinum selling rapper apparently possesses, they’ll be plenty rich. Last weekend, the 29-year-old Drake posted to his Instagram account […]

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The Republican convention and your job

A worker carries a sign for the Louisiana delegation amid preparations for the arrival of visitors and delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. DOMINICK REUTER/Getty Images The Republican platform proposal drafted for this week’s party convention in Cleveland has stirred some controversy over its far-right positions on issues of the family and marriage, […]

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Recent grads, avoid this money screw-up

sturti/Getty Images If you recently tossed your cap into the air and received that pricey piece of paper — also known as a college diploma — the hiring outlook is looking bright for you. The job market has been getting stronger each year for new graduates, and that trend is likely to continue. Recent data […]