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Understanding the codes on the sidewalls of your car tires can help you find the best deals.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 8, 2011 1:08PM

This post comes from Tom Barlow at dealnews.

 

When you think about getting a deal on new tires, do you ever spend a few moments perusing the gobbledygook stamped into the sidewalls?

 

Sure, you have a vague idea that some of those numbers and letters represent the tire's size, but there is a world of additional information that you can glean from a careful examination. Here is a guide to help you read your tire to see what you're getting when you buy.

 

If you're having trouble accessing some of your favorite major websites, here's why and what you can do.

By Stacy Johnson Jun 8, 2011 11:49AM

This post comes from Dan Schointuch at partner site Money Talks News.

 

Today is World IPv6 Day. So if you're having trouble reaching Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, Bing, or AOL, that could be the reason why. Here's a little bit of background on what the problem is, and -- if you have a problem -- how to fix it.

 

Carrying a lot of credit card and student loan debt sadly raises the self-esteem of young people. The glow fades at age 28.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 8, 2011 11:09AM

This post comes from Jeanine Skowronski at partner site MainStreet.

 

A new study set to be published in Social Science Research found that young adults age 18 to 27 actually feel empowered by their credit card and student loan debt.

 

Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed responses from 3,079 young adults age 18 to 34 nationwide as part of a biannual youth survey conducted by Ohio State's Center for Human Resource Research. The study found that the more debt these young respondents carried, the higher their self-esteem became and the more they felt in control of their lives.

 

They're designed to cut through the consumer noise and get at the true value of the item.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 8, 2011 8:59AM

This post comes from Kentin Waits at partner blog Wise Bread.

 

You would think that in a land where most of the economic activity rests on the shoulders of ordinary consumers, the U.S. would have the smartest, savviest shoppers in the world.

 

We could spot a deal from a mile away, easily calculate the true cost of ownership, translate complex marketing-speak to our mother tongue, and determine price per ounce with our calculators tied behind our backs.

 

Alas, this is not the case.

 

Even though it's usually thought of as the very last resort for personal finance, more Americans are borrowing from their 401ks.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 7, 2011 5:13PM

This post comes from Jilian Mincer at partner site SmartMoney.

 

SmartMoney.com on MSN MoneyIn spite of decades of advice to the contrary and the improving economy, millions of Americans are increasingly turning to what was once a lender of last resort -- their 401k plans.

 

In 2010, about one in seven workers borrowed from a 401k plan, according to new data from human-resources consulting group AON Hewitt. Companies that run the plans report double-digit increases in borrowing from 2009: up 14% in Vanguard Group Inc.-run plans, and up 11% in plans run by T. Rowe Price Group Inc. Today, almost 30% of 401k savers have a loan outstanding, the highest in recent history.

 

That is too many, says a pair of senators.

 

Studies show that mistakes are common, and overwhelmingly in favor of the seller.

By doubleace Jun 7, 2011 1:49PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.


The story had, in media terms, a great "hook."


Communications giant Verizon charged Betty Howard $110.80 for being in arrears on her Internet service bill, then, despite being informed that the Loma Linda, Calif., woman had been dead for three months, turned the bill over to a collection agency.


It gets better -- or worse:

 

The lack of a bar code or expiration date is often a sign that the coupon is fake.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 7, 2011 11:19AM

This post comes from Jeanine Skowronski at partner site MainStreet.

 

Getting held up at a checkout line isn't the worst thing that could happen to you if you flash the clerk a counterfeit coupon.

 

According to the Coupon Information Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending coupon fraud, scammers often sell phony coupon books to consumers in order to cheat them out of their money or get them to download malware onto their computers.

 

And those who take part in this shady process are running afoul of the law.

 

Using an ATM could cost you $5 or even more per transaction unless you follow this advice.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 7, 2011 10:05AM

This post comes from Jim Wang at partner site Bargaineering.

 

When my sister was in college, she used the ATM a lot. Whenever she needed some money, she'd go to the machine and pull out $20. Sometimes she'd check her balance.

 

Then one day she realized, or my dad realized, that she was using an out-of-network ATM that charged about $5 to $7 (combined) each time she withdrew money. For every $20 she withdrew, she was paying a $7 fee. Every time she checked her balance, that's another fee. Over the course of a semester, she racked up about $100 in unnecessary fees. In her case, she wasn't aware it was happening, but it's a hard pill to swallow nonetheless.

 

Fortunately, with a few quick tips, being dinged by ATM fees is completely avoidable.

 

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