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Home no loan: Should you pay off your mortgage early?

Home no loan: Should you pay off your mortgage early?

Terry Moore stands outside her condo in American Fork, which she chose to pay off with insurance money after her husband died. Photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Michael De Groote Grace Dunklee Cohen wasn’t...

 

Saving moms: Mothers doing better than they think in teaching kids about money

Saving moms: Mothers doing better than they think in teaching kids about money

Sara Tetreault smiles with her two children on the Oregon coast. Tetreault blogs on “stylishly frugal living” at GoGingham.com. (Brad Tetreault, Tetreault family photograph) Michael De Groote PORTLAND, Ore. — When Sara Tetreault...

 

Some iPhone apps are pricey

Some iPhone apps are pricey

This is a screen shot of Ubiquitous Muffin’s $220 “Water Globe”app, which is “a set of interactive screen toys” on an iPhone. (Ubiquitous Muffin) Michael De Groote A.J. Shepherd, who blogs at Three Thrifty Guys,...

 

Part-time America gets push from health care law

Part-time America gets push from health care law

Eric Schulzke In the minds of many employers, the Affordable Care Act is brought to them by the numbers 29 and 49 — and by the letters N and O. A shock hit 10,000 part-time workers for the state of Virginia, including large numbers of adjunct...

 

Blame worsening traffic congestion on a better economy

Blame worsening traffic congestion on a better economy

INRIX released its annual Traffic Scorecard. (PRNewsFoto/INRIX) Michael De Groote After decreasing for the last few years, traffic congestion is getting worse again, a new study says. “In the first three months of this year, traffic...

 

Sales tax threat stalks online mail-order empires, but will it really hurt them?

Sales tax threat stalks online mail-order empires, but will it really hurt them?

In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service (UPS) driver in Palo Alto, Calif. States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed...

 

Are college students to blame for slowly recovering economy?

Are college students to blame for slowly recovering economy?

In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, graduate student Pedro Ramirez is photographed on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. (Jae C. Hong, AP) Amberlee Lovell Student loans may not be the culprit for the...

 

Even with no late fees, credit card overdue payments are dangerous

Even with no late fees, credit card overdue payments are dangerous

Some credit cards offer a no late fee charge. It is dangerous to not pay a credit card bill on time however, even with these cards, according to Credit.com. (Shutterstock) Amberlee Lovell Although they won’t be charged for it, paying a credit...

 

Americans pay less for taxes, but don’t get as much in return, The Atlantic says

Americans pay less for taxes, but don’t get as much in return, The Atlantic says

John F. Coakley, who works in Paterson, files his taxes before going to work on Monday April 15, 2013. The Paterson Post Office on Ward St is crowded with last minute tax filers. (Tariq Zehawi, AP) Mercedes White During tax season Americans...

 

Loving kids to debt: Older Americans in trouble for ‘helping’ children

Loving kids to debt: Older Americans in trouble for ‘helping’ children

Connie and Kay Wells in their home in West Valley City, Utah with photographs of their children and grandchildren behind them. (Michael De Groote, Deseret News) Michael De Groote The first thing Carmen Wong Ulrich discovered when she wrote...