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Family Finances: Drive Down the Cost of Your Phone!

Filed under: Budgeting, Family Finance
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June 18, 2010
Your budget’s best friend ... or worst nightmare?

Your budget’s best friend ... or worst nightmare?
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Just get a fancy new smartphone? Hidden fees and costs from your phone plan can drive up your credit card balances and bloat your telecom bills beyond your worst nightmares.

But there are ways you can fight back to “trim the fat” and still benefit from the great features of modern phone technology. If you take a few steps to be savvy, you can enjoy your phone and keep your credit card payments low.

Here are a few tips.

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Budget Alert! Be Mindful of PayPal Debit and Credit Offers

Filed under: Budgeting
Tags: , — Written by: Simos
June 11, 2010
Money you don’t see can “fly away” before you know it

Money you don’t see can “fly away” before you know it
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Many experts contend that, for day to day expenses, cash is preferable to credit if you want to maintain a budget.

The reasons go beyond the obvious: if you regularly use cash instead of credit, you don’t have to worry about interest, fees, debt, or credit card payments, of course.

But there’s a bit more to it than that: handling cash gives us a tangible reminder of our budget and allows us to “see” money going to use.

With the rising number of people using PayPal for small business, bills, and more, it can be easy to lose money if you’re not careful about where it’s going! (more…)

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UWSA Wall Street Reform Update

Filed under: Banks
Tags: — Written by: Simos
June 4, 2010
Is Washington’s reform push “the end” for big banks’ casino capitalism?

Is Washington’s reform push “the end” for big banks’ casino capitalism?
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America’s love for its financial elites is at an all-time low. Everywhere you look, ordinary folks are in revolt against abusive debt collectors, becoming savvy about debt refinancing, and “moving their money” – not only to cards with lower interest rates, but to different (and smaller) banks. But there’s arguably no greater sign of a change in the air than the amazing speed with which Wall Street reform has taken shape over the last few weeks. At UWSA, we want to make sure you understand what “Wall Street reform” means for you on Main Street, so here’s an overview of the situation. (more…)

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