American Shopping Holidays; 25 Facts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Last year, about 137 million Americans – about half of our adult population – flocked to malls, shops, and their favorite retailers on Black Friday. They’re spending big bucks, as U.S. consumers will throw down about $61.4 billion in sales this year, up from $41 billion in 2008. (In total, we’re expected to spend about $682 billion this holiday season!)

The name “Black Friday” actually came ...

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How often should you check your credit?

When was the last time you checked your credit? Was it six months ago? The last time you refinanced or purchased your home? Or even years ago, so far back you’re not even sure?

Well, just like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, getting your oil changed, and filing your taxes, you should be checking your credit report carefully at regular periods.

However, studies show that ...

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In Debt we Trust?

I came across a statistic the other day that gave me pause and made me reflect upon what so many people are doing wrong when it comes to their finances.

According to recent surveys, about 50% of Americans die completely broke.

Even worse, most people pass away not only with a net worth of zero but addled with significant debt. In many cases, that debt obligation is then ...

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Are you (or your partner) committing financial infidelity?

Money and relationships are inextricably tied, each exerting significant influence upon the other. Don’t believe me? In 2009 – during the dark days of the real estate crash and Great Recession – there were more foreclosures than marriages in the U.S.

I know what you’re thinking – there we an unprecedented number of foreclosures at that time, but the data on divorces during those financial hard ...

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Everything you need to know about appraisals

If you’ve bought ot sold a home or even refinanced your mortgage, you’ve surely encountered the term “appraisal.” But what is it? An appraisal is just an informed evaluation from a professional appraiser. It attempts to define the market value, which is used by banks, lenders, and buyers and sellers.

It comes after a thorough and detailed inspection of the property in question, at which point ...

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25 Frightening financial facts!

Our economy seems to be rolling along nicely, with a full recovery from the Great Recession and the stock market hitting record levels. But is all well and good with the economy when it comes to American consumers spending, debt, savings, and retirement?

Here are 25 frightening financial facts to ponder:

1. 52% of Americans are spending ...

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30 Facts about the gym and fitness industry that will surprise you!

Over the past few decades, fitness has climbed from a P.E. class and garage weight set afterthought to a multi-billion dollar industry. Getting people to work out and try to be healthier has also never been more necessary, as according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 70% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, including 35% that are considered obese.

But just signing up ...

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Death by a Thousand Hidden Fees

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably tightening your budget and watching what you spend. But it’s not just the cost of goods and services that’s eating up your paycheck, but also the hidden and unnecessary fees that are being lumped in by companies just to try and bleed a few more dollars out of ...

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