Entries from April 2009

Beware of Online Payday Lenders

Date April 29, 2009

I was watching Clark Howard – one of my favorite Financial Gurus – today on CNN and his segment was on Indian Online Payday Lenders. Payday lenders offer short-term loans with extremely high fees typically to consumers who live paycheck to paycheck. The consumer will write a post-dated check to the lender and the lender […]

Does the IRS Owe You Money?

Date April 16, 2009

According to Congressman Brad Sherman, there are thousands of Los Angeles County residents who are owed millions of dollars in undelivered tax refunds and stimulus payments from 2008. Did you move? Did you change your name? These are the top reasons for the checks not making it to people’s homes. When this happens, the check […]

Surprising Expenses for New Parents

Date April 10, 2009

As someone who’s been there, I know firsthand the abundance of expenses that fall into your lap as a new parent. Though your little bundle of joy warms your heart and amazes you on a daily basis, those cute little cherubs can cost you some serious money! Between diapers, bottles, formula, and clothes, the smallest […]

Ford Launches New Payment Protection Program

Date April 1, 2009

Looks like Ford has jumped onto Hyundai’s bandwagon and is now offering a Payment Protection program. Here’s how it works: You are automatically enrolled when you purchase or lease any new Ford vehicle. But, it only becomes effective 30 days after you make the purchase.  If you become involuntarily unemployed (note: this won’t benefit you if […]