Personal finance

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo Saks Fifth Avenue shoppers pass through the luxury handbag section of Saks' flagship store in New York. Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 14, 2019 - 9:44 am
Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. Whether you sometimes give in to a weakness for designer handbags or brand-name shoes, here are three ways to help you manage the urge to spend. Pick the tactic that...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, a person walks past a gas station around Victorville, Calif. The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks to $2.31. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, that falling crude oil costs are the main reason for the decrease at the pump. The average gas price has dropped 66 cents over the past 3 ½ months. The highest average price in the nation is $3.46 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $1.80 in Baton Rouge, La. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP, File)
February 10, 2019 - 12:19 pm
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up a penny a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.34. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that she expects gas prices to keep rising slightly as retailers pass on increases in wholesale...
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FILE- This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form for 2018 in New York. The Child Tax Credit changed considerably in 2018. The standard deduction nearly doubled for 2018, leaving many taxpayers wondering whether it's financially worth it to itemize on their tax returns anymore. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:15 am
Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering The Big Question: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time hunting for receipts and filling out extra forms to itemize? The decision largely boils down to whether itemizing will reduce your taxable income more than...
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FILE- This June 10, 2015, file photo shows a chip credit card in Philadelphia. Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law, which takes effect Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 21, 2018 - 2:50 pm
Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. The rules used to vary by state, but previously it could cost up to $10 to put a freeze in place. That...
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FILE- In this Sept. 26, 2013, file photo people make their way through Grand Central Terminal in New York. Travel can be busy, noisy and crowded — a potentially daunting environment for anyone. But if you’re an introvert, it can drain your internal battery. Studies and experts suggest this personality type processes social stimuli differently from extroverts, who don’t mind frequent interaction. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 18, 2018 - 9:12 am
Travel can be busy, noisy and crowded — a potentially daunting environment for anyone. But if you're an introvert, it can drain your internal battery. Studies and experts suggest this personality type processes social stimuli differently from extroverts, who don't mind frequent interaction...
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In this Wednesday, July 11, 2018, photo, Ben Kovler, CEO, Green Thumb Industries poses for a portrait at the company's office in Chicago. Green Thumb Industries had a business plan, expertise and plenty of ambition, but didn’t have access to enough capital to grow its marijuana business. Last month, the company with $20 million in revenue from pot shops in seven states turned its gaze north and went public in Canada, where marijuana soon will be broadly legalized nationwide. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
July 25, 2018 - 12:25 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Green Thumb Industries had a business plan, expertise and plenty of ambition to grow its marijuana business. What the Chicago-based company didn't have was access to enough capital to make it all happen. So last month, the company with $20 million in revenue from pot shops in...
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