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How Much You'll Actually Take Home from the $970M Mega Millions Jackpot How Much You'll Actually Take Home from the $970M Mega Millions Jackpot

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $970 million, but what the winner will actually take home depends on picking the annuity or the lump sum payment—and, of course, taxes.

Your Taxes Are Due Monday If You Filed an Extension Your Taxes Are Due Monday If You Filed an Extension

Procrastinators, your time is up: If you didn’t file your 2017 taxes in April, Monday is your extension deadline.

Set Up Your Financial Accounts Like You're Going to Be Hacked Set Up Your Financial Accounts Like You're Going to Be Hacked

In the past week alone, Experian, Facebook and Google have all experienced (or divulged, in Google’s case) security breaches of various levels of seriousness, potentially exposing people’s private information. Never mind Equifax and the thousand-plus other breaches that occurred last year.

Make Debt 'Relief' Your Last Resort Make Debt 'Relief' Your Last Resort

Should you trust a debt relief company? That’s what we’re looking at this week.

How Amex's Upgraded Gold Card Compares to Other Dining Rewards Cards How Amex's Upgraded Gold Card Compares to Other Dining Rewards Cards

If you’re in the market for a new dining rewards card, American Express’s updated Premier Rewards Gold Card is one of the more generous on the market—so long as you spend enough to work around the $250 fee.

What's in the Tax Bill That Just Passed the House? What's in the Tax Bill That Just Passed the House?

The House recently passed a package of legislation that could change the way people save for retirement. That is, of course, if the Senate passes the new tax changes as is, which experts say isn’t likely.

What to Know About Freezing and Unfreezing Your Credit What to Know About Freezing and Unfreezing Your Credit

Now that the three main credit bureaus are required to offer you free credit freezes, there are a few things to keep in mind.

These Are the Baggage and Seat Fees the Major U.S. Airlines  These Are the Baggage and Seat Fees the Major U.S. Airlines 

Because flying wasn’t quite unpleasant or expensive enough, four major domestic airlines have increased their checked bag fee in 2018, including American, Delta, JetBlue and United.

How to Survive a Long Flight With Kids How to Survive a Long Flight With Kids

How do you take a long-distance flight with three kids without losing your sanity (or your savings account)? That’s what we’re looking at this week.

You Can Now File FAFSA from Your Phone You Can Now File FAFSA from Your Phone

The Free Application for Federal Financial Aid, or FAFSA, opens today for the 2019-2020 school year, and college students now have the option to file from their phones for the first time.

The Fastest Way to Save $1 Million

Read one article about personal finance and you know that compound interest is one of the most important reasons to start saving and investing early. Well, in theory. You’ve heard that if you start investing in your 20s, you’ll have a bajillion dollars more than you will if you start in your 30s. Or something like…

How to Lock and Unlock Your Chase Credit Card How to Lock and Unlock Your Chase Credit Card

If you’ve ever temporarily lost your credit card and panic-canceled your account, Chase is now offering credit card users an alternative: You can lock and unlock the card from your phone or computer. The feature is live now for credit cards and will debut later in the year for debit card holders.

How to Financially Prepare for an Extended Work Leave How to Financially Prepare for an Extended Work Leave

How can you prepare for your spouse to leave the workforce due to a disability? That’s what we’re discussing this week.

What You Need to Know About Flood Insurance What You Need to Know About Flood Insurance

Millions of homes may have been damaged by Tropical Depression Florence, which swept through the Carolinas just over a week ago. With flood waters still high, it’s hard to assess the damage just yet; still, an economic research firm put out a preliminary estimate that Florence has caused around $40 billion in damage,…

How to Tweak Your Budget As Your Family's Needs Change How to Tweak Your Budget As Your Family's Needs Change

How will your budget change as your financial responsibilities shift? That’s what we’re looking at this week.

Questions to Ask Yourself to Live a Better Financial Life Questions to Ask Yourself to Live a Better Financial Life

If you’re reading TwoCents, then you’re probably looking for advice to live a better financial life. You may want to be more responsible with your money, or learn how to invest better, or simply have a daily reminder to look after your money.

Decide Which Stocks You Want to Buy 'On Sale' Decide Which Stocks You Want to Buy 'On Sale'

We’ll start with a given: You can’t time the market. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do some proactive planning before the market inevitably falls again.

Chase Sapphire Card Users Can Earn 60,000 Points by Opening a Checking Account Chase Sapphire Card Users Can Earn 60,000 Points by Opening a Checking Account

In a bid to draw in wealthier millennial clients, Chase is offering Sapphire card holders (Reserve or Preferred) who open a bank account 60,000 bonus points, worth up to $900 in travel money reports CNBC.

Credit Freezes Will Soon Be Free Credit Freezes Will Soon Be Free

With the one-year anniversary of the Equifax breach just behind us, here’s a reminder that you will be able to freeze your credit reports and sign up for year-long fraud alerts for free starting Sept. 21 thanks to a federal law passed earlier this year.

What to Do if You Default on Your Student Loans What to Do if You Default on Your Student Loans

Defaulting on student loans has become an inevitability for a certain proportion of borrowers: According to a report from the Urban Institute, 1 million borrowers default on their loan payments each year—defined as not having made a payment in nearly a year—and around 40 percent are expected to default by 2023.

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