How To Save Money During The Hot Summer

The summer has just started and temperatures are already in the triple digits. Everywhere that you go central air conditioning units are blasting outside of homes. This is a clear indication that utility use is going to be extremely high this summer with people trying everything possible to keep cool. While you may have to use the air conditioner, there are some steps that you can take to cut down on your electricity usage. Here are a few helpful tips for saving money during the summer:

1. Skip or cut down on the dishwasher.

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4 Things That Are Always Increasing In Price

Wages, home prices, and the stock market have all been dropping over the past few years. The American consumer is seeing the U.S. dollar buy far less than it did just a decade ago. At a time in our economy when asset prices seem to keep going down, there are a few things that just keep increasing in price. If you want to win with money, you must identify what those items are that constantly increase in price, plan for those upcoming expenses, and continue to work on increasing your income. Here are a few big ticket items that always seem to increase in price:

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5 Great Places To Look For A Job

This past Friday we learned that the United States economy is losing jobs again. The US economy lost 125,000 jobs and the unemployment picture is looking bleaker than ever. Many Americans have grown tired of looking for work. If the current job market has you down in the dumps, cheer up! There are some places that are actually hiring. But, you’ll have some fierce competition for every job you apply for, so you need to take steps to make yourself more attractive to employers while you’re unemployed by volunteering, interning, and studying for extra certifications and certificates in your industry.

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OptionsHouse Review – The Discount Broker For Options Traders

Today, we want to take a look at one of the newer players in the discount brokerage arena. You may be unfamiliar with the relatively new brokerage firm, OptionsHouse, but while the firm is one of the smaller brokers in the online stock trading business, it is one of the largest brokers in the options trading industry.

OptionsHouse was founded in 2005, and has its corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. OptionsHouse is owned and operated by Peak6 Investments L.P. and specializes in options and options trading. The site was designed to make online trading faster and more efficient for traders. OptionsHouse has been voted by Barron’s as the best brokerage house for options traders in 2009 and 2010.

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Watch Out For These Six Airline Fees

Hitting the wallets of customers seems to be contagious in corporate America right now. It’s not just the banks that are hitting customers with fees anymore; now major airlines are charging fees for everything. Airlines are charging fees for simple tasks like making a reservation and booking your seat. Even discount airline Ryanair is looking at charging its passengers to use the lavatory! If you are not careful, you could end up spending an extra $100 to $200 for your airline travel. You must be more informed and aware of how we travel on airline flights, or airline fees will eat you alive. Here are six fees that you should watch out for when traveling this summer:

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5 Ways To Increase Your Financial IQ

Personal finance is an often overlooked area in the American educational system. With so many Americans struggling with money management issues, personal finance should be taught in our school systems at an early age. Since it is not, it is up to every person to make sure that they are properly schooled in the financial arena. If we start educating ourselves about personal finance, we’ll change the generations to come by teaching it to our kids. Financial education is so important to us at Money Crashers, and that’s why we seek to help educate you every day about how to manage your money. Here are 5 great ways for you to increase your financial IQ:

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4 Changes To Make In This New Economy

The current economic environment has forced millions of people to make changes to their financial plans. Lots of people have curbed their spending habits and pushed back their retirement age. Others are returning to college or picking up a new skill to remain employable in a competitive job market. While all of these are wise decisions, there are a few unconventional moves that can increase the amount of cash in your wallet. Here are four changes that you can make to give yourself the best financial start possible:

1. Live home longer

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Why We Bank At Commercial Banks

Do you still do your banking at commercial banks despite lower fees and better services at credit unions and online banks? You are not alone. I have been thinking a lot recently about why so many of us bank at commercial banks. I know that I often complain about the charges by my banking institution, Bank of America. While I have switched the majority of my business to my credit union since there are some clear reasons why credit unions are better than banks, for some reason I still keep my Bank of America account open. I was trying to figure out why so many people like myself continue to hold an account at a big bank. 

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6 Great Sites For Finding Deals Every day

You don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July to find a good deal on products. There are a number of financial sites offering up daily sale information on just about any product that you are looking for including electronics, household products, clothing, and more. You probably already know about deals offered at sites like,, and While these are great sites, there are other sites offering great deals as well. So, check out the following websites if you are looking to save some dough:

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Watch Out For A Bubble In This Market

As the saying goes, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Everyone remembers the tech bubble of the early 2000’s when a lot of subpar technology companies with no earnings traded at extreme valuations. Over the past few years we have gone through the real estate bubble in which home prices rose to unsustainable levels. To stay one step ahead of the next market drop, you have to watch for signs of a peak. Let’s take a look at a few markets where bubbles may be forming:

The Gold Market

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