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14 Money Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

As we start 2014, let's look at 14 areas where people are most likely to make expensive money mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.

Online Bank PerkStreet to Close

The online bank offered an attractive alternative to big banks -- but today it announced that it was shutting down after failing to secure funding.

3 Easy Ways to Avoid Overdraft Fees

Overdraft fees and other insufficient funds charges are taking a big bite out of our wallets. Here are three easy strategies to help you avoid handing that cash to your bank.

His Financial Goal: Dump His Bank and Join a Credit Union

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we in the AOL newsroom are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: A DailyFinance reporter who's ready to break up with his bank.

Americans Keep Fleeing Banks, Flock to Credit Unions Instead

Credit unions have a long way to go before they threaten the financial dominance of commercial banks. But Americans are moving billions of dollars of their business in that direction every year, and there's good reason for that trend to continue -- and for you to jump on the bandwagon.

11 Easy and Great Ways to Save Money in 2013

With the prospect of higher taxes and federal budget cuts looming on Dec. 31, here are 11 easy ways you can save money and/or put a few extra dollars back in your pocket in 2013.

9 Questions to Ask to See If Your Bank Is Right for You

The end of the year is a good time to give your financial life a once-over and see what changes need to be made. One item not to forget in that review: your bank. Answering these questions will help you determine whether your money is in the right place, or if it's time for a strategic withdrawal.

The Downside of Credit Unions

Credit union membership is at an all-time high, thanks to our rising disillusionment with traditional banks. Banks, after all, are run by executives aiming to enrich stockholders, while credit unions are owned by, and run for the benefit of, their members. But that doesn't mean credit unions are right for everyone.

Sandy Gives Big Banks Some Humanity

The worst recession in decades wasn't enough to make big banks relent in their pursuit of income, but Hurricane Sandy apparently gave them pause: Several banks have stepped up to make things easier for their customers during their current time of need.

Is Prepaid the Future of Plastic? Fee-Hungry Banks Hope So

There's a new wave of plastic filling the middle ground between credit cards and debit cards: refillable cards -- or prepaid cards -- that act like a hybrid of both. They're an attractive option for consumers -- and a convenient way for banks to sidestep recent consumer protection laws.

The Most Costly Mistake You Can Make With Your Bank Account

There's nothing more expensive than spending money you don't have. That, of course, is a lesson you might learn the hard way if you carry a balance on a high-interest credit card. But spending beyond your means can be a pricey proposition even with a debit card.

Prepaid Credit Cards: Are They a Smart Tool for You?

Americans with limited access to banking services have been turning to prepaid cards for some time, but now Chase is pitching its new prepaid card as a good option even for customers who can get a regular bank account.

10 Everyday Things You're Probably Paying Too Much For

Given the way capitalism works, we're all bound to overpay sometimes. The key is to avoid making it a habit. Here are 10 common things you're most likely paying too much for, and tips for keeping more of that cash in your pocket.

Banks Made Less on Overdraft Fees Last Year

The average fee for overdrafting your bank account rose again last year, but evidently, more Americans are doing a better of job managing their checking accounts, because the amount paid in overdraft fees dropped by $2.5 billion in 2011, after a $3 billion drop in 2010.

Is Your Bank Killing Free Checking?

Wells Fargo stopped offering free checking to new customers in 2010, but if you already had it, they didn't take it away. Now, it's introducing a $7 monthly charge in six (thus far, unidentified) states for customers with those formerly free checking accounts.