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Equifax, the CFPB, Forced Arbitration, and You

Recently the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax had a huge security breach that affected 143 million people, and you’re probably…
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Victims Wade in Insurance Fine Print After a Hurricane

In the devastating wake of recent hurricanes, hundreds of thousands of Americans must work to rebuild their lives. Storm damages…
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Avoid Used Car Dealer Fees Like a Boss

The car salesman has become a cultural cliche for representing shady deals. Most people know that used car dealers specifically…
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lease abstraction tools

You’ll Utilize Lease Abstraction Tools If You Know What’s Good For You!

While that title might seem like an extreme saying to apply to lease abstraction, it’s really a serious topic. Hidden…
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Savvy Senior Living; Financing Elderly Home Care

The costs of caring for aging parents or grandparents can be emotional as well as financial. As the number of…
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airbnb-regulations

Be the Host With the Most Despite Airbnb Regulations and Fees

Launching in the summer of 2008, Airbnb taught the world that there is an alternative to both hotels and couch-surfing. Nearly…
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The Damage of Hidden Fees When Investing

Investing is meant to be a tool for building wealth, but the fees associated with investing could be secretly costing…
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The Offers Are Not What They Seem – Avoid Hidden Hotel Charges

Your stay at a resort should not rival the unexpectedness of a stay at The Twin Peaks Great Northern Hotel. You…
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Bank Overdraft Fees – WHY?!?

Of course no one wants to charge themselves more than they actually have in their bank account. But when your…
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hidden fees in america

Financial Review Experts Conduct Survey on Hidden Fees in America

How much do you think you’ve spent on hidden fees in the last year? Really think about it. Do you…
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How Net Neutrality Affects You; Protection from Hidden Fees

Across the internet this week, thousands of websites and individuals participated in a Day of Action to support net neutrality.…
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Can the Hidden Fees of Concert Tickets be Avoided?

Summertime and concerts go together like winter and snowball fights. Whether it’s Lynyrnd Skynrd or Ariana Grande, you’d pretty much…
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cfpb-and-student-loan-forgiveness

Changes Planned for CFPB and Student Loan Forgiveness

With new regulations from President Trump and Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act, the future of the CFPB is in doubt and…
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Freedom from Hidden Fees on Independence Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that if we are honest and hard-working we will have the opportunity to…
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Why Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act is ‘Very Bad’ for You

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines to pass Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act. Republicans put…
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hidden-costs-of-wedding-venues

Avoid the Hidden Costs of Wedding Venues + Vendors

It’s the time of the year again where every other weekend you’re either making an appearance as a guest at…
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schumer box

Inside Schumer’s Box – Understanding Credit Card Fees

What is a Schumer Box? Passed all the way back in 1968, the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) requires issuers…
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benefits of leasing vs buying a car

Benefits of Leasing Vs. Buying a Car – Wheels & Deals

Got a tax check that’s burning a hole in your pocket and thinking about some new wheels? Or maybe you’re…
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Life-Changing Personal Finance Podcasts for Millennials

First Things First - On Both Millennials and Podcasts What is a millennial? Surely you’ve heard this term, but if…
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unexpected fees on vacation

Don’t Get Nickel and Dimed by Unexpected Fees on Vacation

More than one third of Americans take a vacation (over 50 miles away from home) each year. And it’s likely…
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Helpful Tools to Avoid “Retirement Planning for Dummies”

Navigating retirement plans can be challenging, even to investors, lawyers, accountants, and believe it or not, the Internal Revenue Service…
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Why and How to Review Club Membership Contracts Carefully

From country clubs, to beach clubs, athletic clubs, or fight club, a membership contract can get you into more trouble…
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tuition-free college is not totally free

Tuition-Free College is Not Totally Free, is it?

First things first: Can anything ever be totally free?!? We all know that some things are too good to be…
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Know Your Repayment Options for Private Student Loans Because Payback’s a B****

Repayment (or, payback, if you will) on a private student loan is generally more complicated than on federal loans (aka…
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why is student debt skyrocketing

Why is Student Debt Skyrocketing? – How College Fees Can Ruin Your Own Plans to Launch

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” they say. And it's true. You know, the…
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Questions to ask when leasing office space

5 Big Questions to Ask When Leasing Office Space

Is your company growing, downsizing, or rightsizing? For startups and larger firms alike, it can be a very exciting moment…
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trump administration looks to restructure the cfpb

Trump Administration Looks to Restructure the CFPB

It is no secret how President Donald Trump feels about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Dodd-Frank Act.…
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hidden fees when buying a car

Hidden Fees When Buying a Car? Leave ‘em in the Dust!

Buying a car can be stressful. After you find the car you want, then you have to negotiate the financing.…
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Simplify Your Contract Review Checklist

Whether you’re signing for a car loan, apartment lease, or gym membership, somewhere you’ll be faced with fine print. Navigating…
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hidden fees when buying a house

The Next Generation of Hidden Fees When Buying a House

As the Trump Presidency begins, anxieties linger about cuts in government spending, stock market uncertainty, and even some fears of…
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Top 12 Hidden Costs of Apartment Lease Contracts

You read that correctly, all TWELVE! of the unexpected fees you could end up paying, some before you spend the first night…
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gym membership rip offs

Gym Membership Rip Offs and How to Avoid Their Burn

The Burn of Gym Membership Rip Offs We're almost two months into the new year, and if your resolution was…
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The Future of Consumer Protection Under President Trump

  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, was established after the economic crash of 2008 to put rules in place for…
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hidden-fees

How Trump’s America Could Change Policy on Hidden Fees

With the upcoming inauguration of the 45th President, the entire country is waiting with baited breath to see how Mr. Trump…
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Why Reading the Fine Print in Contracts is Important

Why Reading the Fine Print in Contracts Is Important, Even Though It’s Boring as Hell Have you ever tried to…
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FeeBelly: Your Fine Print Detective (Now On Your Phone)

We are excited to announce FeeBelly is now live and available for download from the iPhone app store! However, Android…
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