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My new wallet

Payments on the Go

It seems almost inevitable these days that your credit card information will be at risk from a retailer’s system breach or worse, your card number stolen and used for fraudulent purchases. Clearly the established credit payment systems are lacking. Next generation payment methods like mobile pay and chipped credit cards promise improvement; whether they will […]

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Shopping for Last Minute Tax Breaks

It wouldn’t be Christmas without lights on Main Street, cookies for Santa, packages from Amazon. And what’s Christmas without year-end tax legislation? Never to disappoint, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act (TIPA) on December 19. For the most part TIPA is nothing new, and in fact the “extenders” […]

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Pig Oxfam

Gifts that Give Back

Folks have been lamenting the commercialization of the holiday season for years, but the outcry this year about shopping on Thanksgiving indicates a rebellion of sorts. Christmas decorations pop up in stores in September; relentless television advertising pushes consumers to empty wallets for a “perfect” holiday; the irony of rushing around buying gifts right up […]

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Marketplace

My Obamacare Experience (thus far)

I’ve been waiting to see the details of the insurance plans available through Obamacare, so first thing the morning of October 1 I clicked over to www.healthcare.gov to check it out.  I was unpleasantly surprised to find out registration is required to get any info (other insurance quoting sites I’ve utilized in the past only […]

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