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Who loses in a government shutdown?

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images Congress returns Tuesday from its spring recess and will have until Saturday, President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, to prevent the government from running out of money. The thought of a government shutdown makes many U.S. consumers cringe, especially if they depend on the federal government for medical care, retirement benefits […]

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Caution! 6 financial roadblocks ahead

asiseeit/Getty Images 20s: Student loan debt Borrowing money for college can be a smart investment. But be cautious, or a loan you take out in your 20s can cause a lot of stress when you get married, buy a home or save for your children’s college education. Do this instead: Beware of those seemingly friendly […]

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How Brexit could affect your travel

Tom Bonaventure/Getty Images After the United Kingdom officially parts ways with the European Union in about two years, Americans could see fewer flying options abroad — and longer passport lines when they do travel. The upside: Your trip could be cheaper. “Brexit creates that opportunity to spend outside the U.S.,” says Bodhi Ganguli, lead economist […]

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4 money lessons from popular movies

Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images 4 money lessons from popular movies We can learn a lot from movies. About ourselves, about the reality that surrounds us, about what we want in life and about the roadblocks that stand in our way. We go to the movies to escape reality but also to reflect on our own […]

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How much do movers cost?

Andrey_Popov/Getty Images You’re counting down the days until you can leave your current digs and move into your new home. You’re excited to move, but not so excited about the move itself. Are you dreading the idea of packing up and hauling all your stuff yourself? Do you find yourself asking how much do movers […]

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4 things US consumers must do before Brexit

Thomas Barwick/Getty Images Buy a house U.S. mortgage rates initially plunged following the Brexit vote, but now sit more than 0.4 percentage points higher than the 52-week average, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. Yet they remain historically low, and economists believe Brexit aftershocks could continue to put downward pressure on mortgage rates, […]

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How much do solar panels cost?

  Solar power offers many benefits: reduced carbon footprint, lower electricity bills and a possible increase in your home’s value. The cost of installing solar panels was once prohibitive but the decline in prices has made converting to solar energy not only affordable but cost effective, in many cases saving homeowners and business owners money […]

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How much do contacts cost?

Africa Studio/Getty Images Contact lenses are a popular alternative to glasses, but how much do contacts cost? Because there are a variety of contacts available to treat a wide range of problems, some types of contacts can cost twice as much as other types. When figuring out how much you’ll have to pay, you should […]

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How much do dentures cost?

Adam Gault/Getty Images Dentures, which are also known as false teeth, are removable prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure, which you can remove from your mouth at any time. The most cost-effective dentures today are those made with traditional plastic prosthetic teeth, but even more expensive porcelain cosmetic dentures typically cost less than dental […]