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Samsung Recalls Washing Machines

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: House & Money|

SAMSUNG WASHERS Over 34 models and more than 2 million machines recalled. While we typically love a good excuse to skip doing laundry, the latest Samsung recall may not be the reason for which we were hoping. The company has received 733 reports of machines vibrating excessively, throwing the tops right off some. Nine people [...]

Other People’s Money: ARCHITECTS

By | October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Random|

Ever wonder what an architect earns? Ever wish you knew how much money other people earned? Oh come on; we know you're not petty and only focused on your own family. But you can still peek. In today's installment of "Other People's Money" we bring you the average American salaries for architect jobs. Architecture [...]

Not Free Samples: A Beauty Products’ Ugly Practice

By | October 1st, 2016|Categories: Health & Money|

NutraClick - famous for exercise supplements - was luring us with free samples of beauty products and pills, but didn't tell us that ordering them would automatically enroll us in a membership program for which we'd be billed between $29.99 and $79.99 a month, says the Federal Trade Commission. We'd have to cancel within the 18-day trial period, [...]

Car shopping: Low offers, high alert

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Random|

It's time to buy a car! Says who? Economists, that's who! We don't take their advice when it comes to colors or styles (clearly) but Car prices this month are low but they're not THAT low. Here's how to read and question ads. when it comes to prices, economists know a thing or two. [...]

Cryptocurrencies: A Peek Behind the New Way to Pay Online

By | September 10th, 2016|Categories: Life in Numbers, Random|

Cryptocurrencies are easy to use but could be a snap to lose. Cryptocurrencies are a way to buy things online — or in person, using a mobile app — with sellers who agree to accept them. Cryptocurrencies can be a fast and inexpensive way to pay for goods and services. But they aren’t backed [...]

Home Economist is Featured Speaker at JP Morgan Event

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Random|

Prominent financial advisor Darren Graff hosted a group of New York’s most prestigious personalities for a Laurent Tourondel and Darren Graff discussion about overspending and kids. Led by The Home Economist, nationally syndicated columnist and author of the new book, NOT BUYING IT: STOP OVERSPENDING AND START RAISING HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, MORE SUCCESSFUL KIDS, guests [...]

5 Best Back-to-School Apps

By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Working Moms & Money|

They call you "mom" but this job also makes you "Director of Operations." It's on your shoulders to orchestrate two, perhaps three, maybe four (if your number is "five" presumably you have no time for reading blog posts) ever-changing, schedules -- all while insuring everyone is fed. As parenting gets Brett Graff THE HOME ECONOMIST discusses back to school apps on "GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON DC" ABC7. more complicated, app-makers [...]

Little Bites Can Choke Children: RECALL

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Random|

A host of Little Bites treats are being recalled because many were baked with small plastic pieces that could choke child snackers. A manufacturing failure at the plant caused the plastic to be mixed in to Little Bites Fudge Brownies and Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins. If you bought the following muffins in the past two weeks, [...]

VW “Buyback” Could COST You Money

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Life in Numbers|

Be careful when considering an offer made by a car-maker to "buyback" your VW or Audi 2.0 liter diesel car, The VW "Buybacks" could be deceptive, says the federal government. warns the Federal Trade Commission. Even the term "buyback" - which isn't typical car trade-in language -- is deceptive, says the FTC. That's because selling car [...]

Water-Damaged Cars Flood a Market Near You

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Random|

After most major floods, damaged cars are cleaned up and taken out of state for sale, says the Federal Trade Commission. That means even if you live far from the damage, these once-water logged vehicles could wind up Half of flood damaged cars will be for sale in an out-of-state market. in your market. [...]