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Feb 17, 2012 1:01PM on Smart TaxesBy Stacy Johnson

Another awful product is finally getting flushed down the drain. This is the last year any major tax prep service will offer refund anticipation loans, where fees can equal 150% interest.

Feb 15, 2012 10:30AM on Smart TaxesBy Stacy Johnson

Getting a fat check from Uncle Sam is nice, but using it to create a bigger refund check next year is even nicer.

Feb 13, 2012 9:57AM on Smart TaxesBy Stacy Johnson

Since taxes are complicated, you may think a pro is always the way to go. But if you don't need certain kinds of help, you're wasting your money.

Jan 30, 2012 9:23AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

Sometimes it makes financial sense to put extra effort into retiring this large debt. Some methods are better than others.

Jan 26, 2012 3:03PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

Pawnshops are all over reality TV these days and seem to be trying to polish their image.

Jan 24, 2012 11:55AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

Maybe you can relate: A reader sees retirement looming on the horizon, but she hasn't saved nearly enough. What can she do?

Jan 23, 2012 9:50AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

You've seen the ads guaranteeing to erase your bad credit history. Are these people for real, and are they worth it?

Jan 19, 2012 6:30PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

From cooking to custom cars, TV is full of "how-to" shows. But if you're hunting for a house, don't take HGTV's 'House Hunters' too seriously.

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