Household Expenses

Household Expenses

Hidden Home Energy Costs

These common always-on appliances can add thousands of dollars to your yearly electricity bill.

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Secrets of Getting What You Want When You Complain to Customer Service

There are things you can do to vastly improve the odds that you will get the resolution you deserve as a consumer.

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Home and Car Repairs Are Biggest Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

By understanding how people use emergency funds, you can avoid ever having to use yours.

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Most People Without Savings Are Not Worried Enough

Most Americans are much too comfortable with their level of savings even if they shouldn’t be.

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“Free” Isn’t Always Free

Some things marketed as “free” are not free at all—fees are hidden in the small print. Freebies that carry a…

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Your Age Determines How Generous You Are with Tips

What age group is the cheapest of the cheap when it comes to tipping? The answer may surprise you.

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Beyond the Thermostat — Ways to Save More on Cooling Costs

Heating and cooling systems typically are responsible for the greatest portion of home energy bills. Here are ways to stay…

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Lifetime $10 Park Pass for Seniors to End August 27

Get a lifetime senior pass from the National Park Service before the cost soars. Currently, any US citizen 62 or…

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To Debt-Proof Your Holidays…

Americans spend an average of $712 per person on holiday gifts.* Those who rely on credit cards and make minimum…

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Save Big Bucks at Year’s End

These last few months of the year are a great time to save yourself a lot of money in medical…

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Say “No” to an Extended Warranty

What's better... Extended warranties are almost always a bad deal for consumers. Warranty providers analyze product breakdown histories and repair…

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Trick to Reduce Your Phone Bill

My colleague recently called his local phone company to cancel one of his two residential phone lines. The customer service…

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How Money Experts Bill and Mary Staton Trimmed Their Own Budget by $10,000

Financial advisers have plenty of suggestions for trimming the family budget -- but what savings strategies do these financial pros…

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Painless Ways to Save $2,000 a Year on Your Energy Bills

Most families could trim their energy bills significantly without sacrificing any quality of life. Using the following easy ­energy savers…