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Stories, ideas, tips and links for a better financial life.


New! 2019 see near-record Halloween spending

Date Posted Posted on October 29, 2019

It’s almost scary how much we spend on Halloween. 172 million of us will celebrate the holiday and, according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation, we’re poised to spend an average $86.27 per person this year, just short of last year’s record $86.79. That’s $8.8 billion in total U.S. consumer spending, down from last year’s $9 billion. The survey attributes at least some of that drop to consumer uncertainty regarding our country’s ongoing trade war with China.

Be a superhero to local kids

Date Posted Posted on September 11, 2019

This Sunday, September 15, our friends at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County are hosting their 10th annual Superhero Run 5K & Kids 1K at the Broadmoor Campus near the Domain in Austin. In addition to the races, the event features a dance party and adult/children/pet costume contests with trophies and prizes.

School your students on common money mistakes

Date Posted Posted on August 22, 2019

Sending a student off to college can be exciting and heartbreaking. Speaking from personal experience, it can be a little scary, too, especially if your son or daughter — who, you’re certain, was just chasing the ice cream truck and practicing for the middle school talent show yesterday — is headed far away.

Getting cash from the Equifax settlement? Think again.

Date Posted Posted on August 2, 2019

Remember the Equifax data breach of 2017? In September of that year, the consumer credit reporting agency (which collects data on more than 800 million consumers worldwide) announced that some personal information of 147 million United States consumers had been exposed.

Here are 10 reasons credit unions beat banks

Date Posted Posted on July 15, 2019

When you’re looking for a convenient and trustworthy place to host your financial transactions, you’ve got a few choices: credit union, bank, mattress or shoebox. Putting aside those last two, here are 10 reasons why you should choose to trust a credit union over a traditional bank.

These financial podcasts are on the money

Date Posted Posted on June 12, 2019

Not much of a reader? Perhaps you want to put that commute time to good use. Maybe you get bored while jogging or working out.

The new royal baby: What 7 pounds means in American dollars

Date Posted Posted on May 6, 2019

Babies are bundles of joy. Precious gifts. Tremendous responsibilities. And expensive, right? Wait ’til you see the numbers related to the new Royal baby Sussex, just born to Meghan Markle and England’s Prince Harry. He’s a healthy 7 pounds, 3 ounces (the new baby – not Harry).

Here’s how we’re spending – and spending for -- Easter

Date Posted Posted on April 19, 2019

Are you celebrating Easter this year? Roughly 8 in 10 of you are, according to the National Retail Federation, and you plan to spend an average of $151 on the holiday. That’s a total of more than $18 billion in expected spending.

Our labor market is hot (and our temps are climbing, too!)

Date Posted Posted on April 4, 2019

Looking for a job? You might be in the right place at the right time. According to the Wall Street Journal, Austin sports the #1 hottest labor market in the United States.

Fake Check Scams: What they are and how you can protect yourself.

Date Posted Posted on March 22, 2019

You’ve just posted an item for sale online. You soon receive an email message from a party who is interested in making a purchase. They arrange to send you a check, but then contact you again and claim that they accidentally wrote the check for an amount greater than the purchase price. You are asked to deposit the check and wire them the difference.

Save on dinner or dessert with these Pi Day deals

Date Posted Posted on March 14, 2019

Happy Pi Day! Stuck for dinner plans? The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet/numerical constant that describes the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter can help you save tonight! Just take advantage of one of the National Pi Day pizza deals offered Thursday, March 14 only at these national chain stores and eateries.

The top-paying job in Texas is a snooze

Date Posted Posted on March 1, 2019

Insider pinpointed the highest-paying job in Texas … and it just might put you to sleep.

When it comes to identity theft, the best offense is a good defense

Date Posted Posted on February 22, 2019

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but when somebody engages in identity theft – fraudulently using stolen bits and pieces of your personal information for financial gain – it can also be a sincere pain in the you-know-what.

On Valentine’s Day, warm hearts meet cold cash

Date Posted Posted on February 14, 2019

Don’t waste arrows, Cupid – those things can be expensive!

Americans will break spending records this Valentine’s Day, according to a National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics survey. This, in spite of the fact that the percentage of people who actually celebrate the holiday continues its 12-year downward trend (cue sad music).

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