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What not to say when pulled over by a cop

marketwatch.com — With a few exceptions, police officers aren't mandated to write tickets for traffic violations. Most would rather send you on your way with a friendly warning -- that can save you time and money. But handle the situation with an aggressive or arrogant attitude and you can expect to squeeze an expensive court date into your busy schedule.

Emergency savings - here’s what you really need

marketwatch.com — By Here's the truth about savings in America: We all talk a lot about how much we should be saving and spending, but the majority of us don't save enough to pay for a surprise expense that must be covered immediately.

8 steps to a more productive you

marketwatch.com — By When we make resolutions, "be more productive" usually ranks a few levels below lose weight, get a raise and travel more. But if you switch it up and make it your No. 1 goal, you're more likely to actually achieve your aspirations.

7 Christmas carols that teach investment lessons

marketwatch.com — By When you and the family are belting out your favorite holiday songs around the piano this year, take a moment to think about the investment lessons behind them. OK, that may not be the merriest of ways to bring a family together during the holidays, but there are solid investing messages bustling within some of our oldest carols.

Your house may be haunted by its past

marketwatch.com — By Here's a jaw-dropper for many: Your home and auto insurance rates can be subject to events you may never have known occurred. Say there was a kitchen fire five years ago in the house you're buying now but the sales materials state only that the kitchen has been totally updated.

MarketWatch’s Farmer’s Almanac: Horrible weather just in time for the holidays

marketwatch.com — By The hustle and bustle of what's still considered the traditional liftoff to the frenzied holidays and shopping extravaganza could never be complete without the complement of a lousy weather forecast. Here it comes, just in time to help you chart your travel and shopping plans over the Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s Christmas for scammers: 6 ways to shop smart this holiday season

marketwatch.com — By Add this to your holiday-shopping headaches: retail breaches. "There's a really good chance the holidays and next year might be fairly eventful for data breaches," says Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. This season, like none before it, debit- and credit-card security is a real threat. The concern is genuine.

The best day to book Christmas travel is…

marketwatch.com — By If you haven't booked your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve holiday air travel yet, plan to do so this week or next, during what Orbitz.com predicts will be the prime days for pricing, availability and seat choice. The absolute best day to book Christmas travel, says the online travel company powered by the legacy airlines, is Wednesday, Oct.

6 apps that can save your financial life

marketwatch.com — By When Ashley Bona graduated from college in 2011, she found herself with $75,000 in student loan debt and no easy method to keep four loan payments straight and timely. That was until she found an app for that.

Try these tricks to save money on car insurance

marketwatch.com — Did you know that at least four of the nation's largest insurers will give you a discount on your car insurance if your vehicle has daytime-running lights? That's one money-saving secret Bankrate.com uncovered in its annual deep dive into discounts available from car-insurance plans. "People don't know this stuff," says Doug Whitehead, insurance analyst for Bankrate.com.
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Aug 12, 2016

RT @NicoleAuerbach: Simone Manuel: "This gold medal is for those who came before me &inspired me to stay in the sport & for people who beli…

Aug 09, 2016

Is it me or are these Olympians incredibly good looking? Handsome, pretty and muscular, of course. Ohhh to be young again!!!

Aug 08, 2016

RT @ezraklein: This could be the rare election where the libertarian candidate pulls real votes from the Republican nominee:  http://www.vox.com/2016/8/3/12367358/trump-republicans-gary-johnson 


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