Personal Finance

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Study: Dollar stores are the fastest-growing food retailers

A new study found more people are heading to dollar stores for their groceries — an especially important find in regions with food insecurity.

 | Chloe Nordquist

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Former AT&T customers still entitled to data throttling partial refund

AT&T settled with the FTC over allegations the company misled customers about their data speeds.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Amazon launches $5-a-month unlimited prescriptions for Prime members

The retail giant’s RxPass has a prescription list that includes more than 50 common medications.

 | Bridget Sharkey

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Salvage grocery stores are booming as food prices soar

Many grocery stores will often throw away items that are damaged or nearing their expiration date, but salvage stores sell them at a discount.

 | John Matarese

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Which American cities are experiencing the most inflation in 2023?

Experts say there are three primary factors causing inflation to skyrocket, with housing at the top of the list.

 | Tricia Goss

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Tax season has begun. Here's how to prepare, avoid a refund delay

A tax expert says there are three valuable lessons to keep in mind when filing taxes this year after recent IRS changes.

 | John Matarese

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Report: Americans lost $40B to phishing scams in 2022

A report by TrueCaller shows more Americans are falling prey to scams, even as awareness of them rises.

 | Daniel Grossman

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Experts: Falling prices make now a good time to buy a used car

Used car prices fell 2% in November and 3% in December, according to a January report by iSeeCars.com

 | Chloe Nordquist

Consumers shop for groceries.

It's not just eggs; other foods are up sharply in price

You may have heard that inflation is down overall this month. So, why are groceries still so expensive?

 | John Matarese

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Bank of America glitch leaves some Zelle users waiting for their money

Some Bank of America customers woke up to lost money, accounts in the negative and overdraft fees, due to issues with Zelle transfers.

 | James Packard

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Unused 529 college savings can be rolled into a Roth IRA next year

In the past, the only real option for 529 funds that weren't used for a secondary education program was to roll the money over to another beneficiary.

 | Tricia Goss

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Wholesale inflation in US slowed further in December to 6.2%

The latest year-over-year figure was down from 7.3% in November and from a recent peak of 11.7% in March.

 | AP

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30% of Americans relying on tax refunds to make ends meet this year

Gen Z (40%) and millennials (46%) count on the tax-time cash infusion the most, according to the study by Qualtrics on behalf of Credit Karma.

 | Brittany Anas

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Changes to medical debt reporting could improve your credit score

The three nationwide credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — began removing paid medical debts from consumers' reports.

 | Tricia Goss

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How do retailers handle so many returned purchases?

Returns cost retailers a ton of money, but some companies say having a good return policy is part of providing a great shopping experience.

 | Bianca Facchinei

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Discount fashion find could be hitting more grocery stores near you

A $13 dress from ALDI shared by hundreds of shoppers sparked interest in whether other stores typically associated with food are getting into fashion.

 | John Matarese

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Joe Burrow, Blake Griffin among athletes investing in farming

Athletes are buying land and leasing the land to farmers, earning a single-digit-percentage annual return on the investment.

 | Patrick Griffin

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Maine gets 1st Mega Millions jackpot with $1.35B grand prize

The winner overcame steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million, which led to three months of drawings without a claim on the jackpot.

 | AP

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How much money do lotteries generate and how much goes to winners?

While the winner of the Mega Millions jackpot is set to make a considerable fortune, other groups stand to make a lot as well.

 | Justin Boggs

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Millions prepare for Friday's Mega Millions jackpot draw

The $1.35-billion Mega Millions draw is the second biggest jackpot in the lottery's history.

 | Maura Sirianni

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How you can use new salary transparency laws to negotiate your pay

A 2022 research article found evidence that pay transparency causes increases in both the equity and equality of pay.

 | Chloe Nordquist

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Some popular used cars are no longer affordable to average buyers

In many cases these days, the price of a used two- or three-year-old car can rival the price of a brand-new version of the exact same car.

 | John Matarese

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How likely are you to be audited this tax season?

Lawmakers in Washington recently allocated billions of dollars in taxpayer money to the IRS to increase the number of audits across the country.

 | Joe St. George

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A mathematician's view on lotteries and betting

Experts on the numbers agree: The lottery is a game, and there will be a winner. But is it worth an investment of your time and money?

 | Douglas Jones

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US consumer inflation eased again to 6.5% in December

The Federal Reserve doesn’t expect inflation to slow enough to get close to its 2% target until well into 2024.

 | AP and Bianca Facchinei

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How to calculate your debt-to-income ratio for a mortgage

Your debt-to-income ratio is how much you owe divided by how much money you earn.

 | Kaitlin Gates

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These 5 reputable sites let you sell gift cards online

Several websites allow you to sell unused gift cards for cash or even trade them in for different ones. Here's how you can cash in.

 | Tricia Goss

A Mega Millions lottery slip.

New Mega Millions jackpot of $1.35B is game's 2nd highest

The only Mega Millions jackpot larger than Friday’s prize is the $1.53 billion won in South Carolina in 2018, Mega Millions said.

 | AP

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Americans are breaking records with credit card debt. Here's why

Inflation has plunged many Americans further into financial debt, especially with credit cards, and fears of a recession may worsen the cycle.

 | Scripps News Staff

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What income is considered middle class in 20 US cities

As the cost of living continues to rise, the American middle class is slowly shrinking, leading to an increasing gap between the wealthy and the poor.

 | Tricia Goss