Money Roundup: Identity Thieves Set Their Sights Lower, Managing Your Smartphone Costs, and More

Friday, April 27th, 2012

There’s no end to the personal finance advice available today, and some of it is even helpful!  Actually, a lot of it is helpful.  Here are 10 of the better money-related articles I’ve come across over the past week.

6 Reasons Why You Should Never Purchase an Extended Warranty (US News). Consumer Reports agrees that extended warranties are usually not worth the cost.  The one possible exception has to do with products made by Apple, which provides a relatively stingy manufacturer’s warranty.

What’s a Credit Score? Really (Main Street).  A comprehensive look at an important topic that many people find confusing.

Sometimes We Cheat On Our Partners About Money, Survey Shows (MSNBC).  Is it any wonder why money is such a common source of tension in relationships?  Unfortunately, as I’ve written before, the suggested remedies often only make matters worse.

Grave Robbing: 2.5 Million Dead People Get Their Identities Stolen Every Year (Time).  Some good advice for anyone caring for an elderly loved one.

Credit Counselors Answer Questions About Credit and Debt (USA TODAY).  Great guidance from people who spend their days helping those struggling with debt.

And from the blogosphere…

6 Ways to Lower the Cost of Owning a Smartphone (Money Crashers).  Do you let your kids play games on your phone?  Better check the settings.

How to Save Money, Time, and Reduce Stress While Moving (Gen X Finance).  A good week-by-week guide to easing some of the headaches (and wallet aches) of moving.

Contentment (The Simple Dollar).  A great reminder that wise money management is only partly a matter of action steps.  It’s also a matter of the heart.

Frugal Ways to Help Your Child Get the Best Education (Wise Bread).  Whatever schooling option you’ve chose for your kids, here are some great additional learning materials you might want to consider.  And the price is right.

Be a Budget Traveler in Your Own Town (Get Rich Slowly).  Some of the best vacation options may be right in your backyard, or just down the road.

Got a question or a response to any of the above?  Be sure to leave a comment.

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Categories: Credit/Debt, Money & Marriage, Psychology of Money, Smart Spending

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