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How Thieves Create Fake Identities With Kids’ Social Security Numbers

July 12th, 2018

Identity theft, or identity fraud, once meant crooks were churning out fake credit cards. But as that became easier to detect, a more insidious crime has evolved: the creation of completely new identities.


Don’t Let Puppy Love Blind You to the Expense of a Dog

July 02nd, 2018

How much is that doggy in the window? More than you may think.


Fresh Ways to Save Some Green at the Farmers Market

July 02nd, 2018

The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than “tomayto” versus “tomahto.” And buying fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets offers opportunities to save money in ways you might not find at a grocery store.The produce sold at most supermarkets is typically harvested before it’s ripe, says Chris Curtis, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets. Then it’s transported — often long distances — before arriving at the store, she says. The many people involved in getting a tomato from the vine to the store and, finally, into your tote may get a slice of your payment, Curtis says. That doesn’t leave much for the farmer.When you buy a tomato at a farmers market, however, “almost all of your dollar is going directly to the grower,” Curtis says. That grower picked the produce ripe, soon before selling it. A recently harvested peach tastes better than that “hard little green ball” sold at large retailers, she says.


How to Lower Your Energy Bill

June 27th, 2018

Energy bill too high? It might be time to consider the physics behind your energy use. The scientific attributes of heat and energy mean particular appliances and factors affect your utilities bill disproportionately.


A Few Things We’re Watching - Pt 3

June 01st, 2018

Foreign currency movements routinely impact the revenues and expenses of corporations and have done so to an even greater extent over the last several decades of globalization.


5 Survival Strategies for Camping on a Budget

May 31st, 2018

Exploring nature and sleeping under the stars can be viewed as an economical vacation. But buying gear and booking campsites or renting an RV can add up.


8 Ways to Get Cheap Movie Tickets

May 31st, 2018

Grab a movie ticket, snacks and a seat. As the lights dim in the theater, take a look around. Spoiler alert: The person sitting next to you might have paid less to see the same movie.


Rake in Cash at Your Yard Sale

May 31st, 2018

Your yard sale hosting strategy can determine whether you rake in cash or waste a day. If you pull it off, others get to enjoy the items collecting dust in your home while you pocket extra money.


6 Smart Ways to Travel Cheaply

May 21st, 2018

Memorable vacations can come with a price tag you’d rather forget. But with proper planning, smart research and a flexible attitude, you can travel cheaply and still have an experience worth remembering. Here’s how.


Planning for Single Seniors

May 15th, 2018

More and more seniors are finding themselves alone and without nearby relatives to help them with financial management. Persons in this situation will need to find an alternative—friends or professionals who can fulfill the roles that might otherwise be handled by family members.