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Money at 30: These Hotel Fees are Making Your Stay More Expensive 3

Last week I wrote about some of the new and different ways airlines are collecting fees, rendering many base fare comparisons moot. Well, as it turns out, a similar phenomenon has also been affecting a different part of the travel sector for years. I speak, of course, of the hotel...

Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — September 2018 5

It’s time again for my favorite feature here on Dyer News: a look at my top 10 personal finance articles of the month. With the autumn leaves starting to change colors, life and work changes were a popular topic this month. Similarly many bloggers shared tips for obtaining side hustles...

Money at 30: The Increasingly Confusing World of Airline Pricing 3

Once upon a time it seemed that, no matter which airline you flew or how you made your reservation, you could expect about the same level of amenities and service (save the bonuses that come with business class, first class, etc.). However this is quickly changing as the airline industry...

Average FICO Score Reaches New High 3

Great news for all Americans: the average credit score is up once again. According to the Fair Isaacs Corporation (better known as FICO), the average as of April 2018 is a 704. While this may only be a slight step up from the milestone 700 reached last year, this does...

Money at 30: What I Just Learned About Postdated Checks 2

Remember last week when I shared how I was preparing for my extended trip, including dropping off my rent check before departing? Well, when I wrote said check, I dated it for the first of next month (as I assume most people would). This is a practice often referred to...

Law Making Credit Freezes Free Now in Effect 4

Starting today — Friday, September 21st — U.S. consumers can elect to "freeze" their credit reports without paying a fee. This comes just over a year after Equifax announced that personal data from 148 million customers had been compromised following a security breach at the credit bureau. In the aftermath...

Money at 30: How I'm Preparing for an Extended Trip 3

Starting tomorrow, my wife and I will be embarked on a trip that will last for upwards of two weeks. While I'm in Orlando, attending the FinCon expo and hanging out at Walt Disney World, she'll be off in Paris, France to cover events at Disneyland Paris. Eventually we'll get...

Money at 30: The Unexpected Places I'm Storing Cash for My Next Vacation 4

September is set to be kind of a strange month for me. In just a couple of week, I'll be heading out to Orlando for FinCon while my wife is away in Paris. Although both of us will be traveling, these are decidedly business trips and not exactly vacations. Thus,...