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A Too-Convenient Truth: How Auto-Pay Hooks Us

Many of us have our bank accounts running almost on autopilot: Paychecks go in and bills get paid automatically, and any details we need to deal with are handled easily online. But these conveniences come at a price -- they make it too much trouble to leave a bank, even when its fees get outrageous.

A 5-Step Plan for Dumping Your Bank

With some of the biggest banks raising fees again, many Americans are seriously considering finding new places to keep their money. But with direct deposit and automatic bill pay, moving your checking account can be complex. We talked to a pro for this easy five-step process to handle your bank swap.

10 tax tips for seniors

Every year about this time, I receive a lot of mail from seniors who are confused about whether they should file a tax return. The confusion stems...

Prepaid cards are filled with pitfalls

Soon after WalMart announced it will pay employees without direct-deposit banking via debit cards, Consumers Union, the organization that publishes...

Never bounce a check again

According to Bankrate, "Legislation has virtually eliminated the grace period for bill payers." That means most check writers, especially the ones...

Baby steps toward a budget

Plastic is the devil. All of it. Whether it be plastic surgery or plastic credit cards, it is all evil. I've become so accustomed to using my debit...