10 Secrets Trader Joe’s Shoppers Need to Know

Posted by Richard on April 11, 2017

Trader Joe’s is well-known to its fans for low prices on unique food items, ranging from cookie butter to turkey corn dogs. The chain is also known for its quirky culture. Employees, easy to spot in their Hawaiian shirts, go out of their way to be helpful, and plastic lobsters are used to decorate stores. […]

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17 Red Flags for IRS Auditors

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Ever wonder why some tax returns are eyeballed by the Internal Revenue Service while most are ignored? Short on personnel and funding, the IRS audited only 0.70% of all individual tax returns in 2016. So the odds are pretty low that your return will be singled out for review. And, of course, the only reason […]

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8 Things Home Buyers Will Hate About Your House

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As a home seller, you don’t want to let the small stuff sabotage your sale. These eight problems are among the biggest buyer turn-offs, and most of them are easy to fix without spending a ton of money. Take a look. Haunted-House Landscapping   If your yard looks like the Addams family owns it, you […]

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7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores

Posted by Richard on March 8, 2017

Want to improve your credit score? Take a page from the best. People with excellent scores know that following a few basic rules is the key to success. Adopting their habits could boost your score into the stratosphere, opening the door to the best interest rates and terms on loans. And capturing the lowest loan […]

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11 Dow Stocks Owned by Warren Buffett

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Data is as of February 13, 2017, unless otherwise indicated. Stocks are listed alphabetically. Analysts’ estimates and ratings are from Zacks Investment Research and Thomson Reuters. Berkshire’s stake in each company is based on the latest 13-F filing with the SEC and represents the number of shares owned as of December 31, 2016. There are […]

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8 Dow Dividend Stocks You Can Buy Now and Hold Forever

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Data is as of February 16, 2017, unless otherwise indicated. Companies are listed in order of market cap—share price times total shares outstanding—starting with the highest. Analysts’ ratings provided by Zacks Investment Research. The list of 50 Dividend Aristocrats is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones […]

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10 Best Dividend Paying Stocks for 2017

Posted by Richard on February 14, 2017

High-quality dividend stocks never go out of style for long-term investors, and there is no shortage of stocks with high yields and bright prospects for 2017, from telecommunications companies embracing the digital future to pharmaceutical companies riding the success of new drugs. That’s not to say that these stocks won’t fall if the market slumps […]

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5 States Where Taxes Are Going Up in 2017

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Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cut federal taxes, state taxes are rising across the U.S. as financially strapped states search for funds to repair deteriorating infrastructure and close widening budget shortfalls. In their search for revenue, states have targeted everything from e-cigarettes to lottery winnings. Even Alaska, long a low-tax haven and one […]

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10 Kirkland Products You Should Buy At Costco

Posted by Richard on February 9, 2017

Years back, retailers got wise to the ways of store brands. You know the drill: Grocers stock their shelves with food items packaged just for them, from pasta sauces to pinto beans. For most, gone are the days of those products signaling to customers that yes, they’re less expensive than national brands — and less […]

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What Can a Dollar Buy? It Depends on Where You Live

Posted by Richard on October 13, 2016

You know that $25,000 car you’ve had your eye on? In just 10 years, it could cost almost $34,000, assuming prices rise by a mere 3% per year. That’s the reality of inflation, which is commonly understood as the increase in the price of any product or service. While the consumer price index (CPI), which […]

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