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More Money Thursday Roundup: What a Bad Credit Score Can Cost You & the Best (and Worst) Cities for Car Repair

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Think your credit score doesn’t mean much? Think again. Over your lifetime, a poor one could cost you $200,000. [It's Your Money]
  • If you live in Chicago and need your car fixed, good luck. You’ll need it. AutoMD.com sent mystery shoppers to car repair shops in 50 markets to rank which ones had the fairest quotes. The cities with the lowest rankings — based affordability, price variation and shop integrity — were Chicago, Honolulu and Albuquerque. On the bright side, Memphis was the best place to get a repair, followed by Jacksonville, Fla., and Omaha. [AutoMD.com]
  • Frustrated by foreclosure, one homeowner bulldozed his home to prevent the bank from seizing it. [CreditBloggers]
  • Reality show powerhouse American Idol isn’t just a riveting singing competition. You can learn some personal finance lessons from it, too. [BeingFrugal]

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More Money Wednesday Roundup: Wealthiest Religions & Google’s Guide to Credit Cards

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • You’ve probably compared incomes using every other variable in the book. What about religion? Here’s the breakdown of finance by faith. See which religions are America’s most affluent. [Good]
  • Google is testing an online credit card comparison tool. But don’t get too excited. You can only be a trial run guinea pig if you live in the UK. [Pocket-lint]

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More Money Monday Roundup: Job Expansion & Tax Tips for Gays

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Two Bloom Boxes can power the average American home. What is a Bloom Box? A device, unveiled on 60 Minutes Sunday night previewed by Fortune Brainstorm Tech last Friday, that allegedly uses a new kind of fuel cell that is entirely self sufficient. [Huffington Post]
  • A new survey produced by the National Association for Business Economics forecasts job expansion and sustained growth in the next two years. [FOX Business]
  • If you’re funding a prepaid tuition plan, be on the lookout. Some institutions are trying to get out of their contracts because of funding shortfalls. [WalletPop]
  • It’s no secret that the tax code tends to favor married couples. Here’s how gay couples can minimize their obligations when filing their tax returns. [Bucks]
  • Back in November, MONEY highlighted some ways to increase your income. This opportunity may be knocking on your doorstep: The Census Bureau is still looking for surveyors. [ABC News]

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More Money Friday Roundup: Capital One Reimburses Fees & Paying with Privacy

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Social networking is free, right? One writer argues that we pay with privacy in order to enjoy the perks of sites like Gmail and Facebook. [Newsweek]
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More Money Wednesday Roundup: Tax-Prep Tips and Twitter Deals

    Personal finance from around the Web:
  • Economic (re)construction? Housing construction activity was up 21.1 percent last month from the previous year — and the most prolific it has been since July 2009. Could be a hopeful sign for a key pillar of the US economy. [The New York Times]
  • Twitter: the most bankable 140 characters around. There is an influx of tools for finding deals as they are posted on the social media service. Think of them as your tweet-tuned ears. [Wisebread]
  • Hiring a tax preparation professional may not be the best answer for your April 15th woes. Here are some tips for getting the most bang for your filing buck this year. [Smart Spending - MSN Money]
  • As if walking behind someone chattering on an invisible Bluetooth headset wasn’t bad enough: you may soon see people on the street rolling their eyes at no one in particular. They’re not trying to be rude, just raising or lowering the volume on their phone or music player. A Japanese company has developed headphones for cellular devices that use eye movements to cue functions. [Yahoo Finance]

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More Money Friday Roundup: ETF Hazards & When Not to Tip

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Exchange-traded funds are all the rage these days, but are they right for you? Here’s a primer on perks and pitfalls of ETFs. [USA Today]
  • If your teenager is more worried about the latest Twilight movie than her latest bank statement, she might need some credit guidance. Here are some tips to help your teen become credit savvy before the balances accumulate. [Wise Bread]

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More Money Thursday Roundup: Cash in Frequent Flier Miles & Outsource Chores

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Whether you have a partner or are hoping to find one for Valentine’s Day, retailers are the ones who find true love on the holiday — with all the sales of flowers, cards, chocolate and more. This infographic breaks down V-Day by the numbers. [BillShrink]
  • Most parents hope their kids will be better off than they were. But a new report indicates that for Americans, that isn’t always easy. [Economix]
  • Consult this list to make sure you’re not missing any tax credits for 2009. [MoneySmart Life]

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More Money Wednesday Roundup: Bankers’ Botched Deal & Free College Credits

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Congress has opened an investigation into rate increases at California for-profit health insurer Anthem Blue Cross. Some of Anthem’s estimated 800,000 customers with individual health insurance policies are being told their premiums will jump a whopping 39% in March. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Adding to the coupon-clipping revival, a website called ShortCuts.com allows consumers to add grocery coupons to credit cards before they go shopping, enabling the discounts to be automatically applied at checkout. [Digerati Life]
  • With tax season just around the corner, start thinking about how to make the most of your property. Unfortunately, donating vacation homes to charity doesn’t give you a tax deduction. Of course, you could do an energy audit to earn a tax credit. [WalletPop | MSN Smart Spending]
  • While college tuition is still on the rise, students can take advantage of something cheaper — a Post Secondary Education Option, which enables high-schoolers to get college credit for little or no money. [The Financial Student]

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More Money Monday Roundup: Bull Market 2.0 & Tequila at Home

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • To circumvent competing with unbeatable deals on the Internet, many brands are removing the price tags from listings on e-commerce sites. Consumers must put items in their “shopping cart” and proceed to the virtual checkout before they know their total. [The New York Times]
  • S&P 500 slump got you down? It’s just the second stage of a bull market, says one commentator. Look to auto and house sales instead as the benchmarks for recovery. [Bloomberg]

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More Money Friday Roundup: Part-Time Workers & Waiting on Estate Planning

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • The official unemployment rate fell in January to 9.7%, but a new study finds 6.4% of workers have taken part-time jobs because they can’t find full-time employment. Unemployment is so bad in many places that insolvent state unemployment insurance trust funds have borrowed more in this recession than they did during 1981 and 1982. [Boston Herald, ProPublica]
  • The Federal Reserve policy of buying up mortgage-backed securities is widely believed to have kept mortgage rates close to record lows, but it’s slated to end March 31. Now the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says the Fed may reopen the program if interest rates spike or if the economy shows new weaknesses. [Washington Post]
  • The past decade has brought two painful bear markets. Here are the lessons you can learn from them, especially since bearish sentiment is at its highest level in three months. [Wise Investing, The Pragmatic Capitalist]
  • Need help getting a dinner reservation or a car to the airport, but can’t afford a personal assistant? A new, free app iphone app promises to serve as a virtual personal assistant. [Bits]

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