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Scam Alert: Beware of Fake IRS Agents

Money transfer company MoneyGram is warning Americans about a phone scam that is preying on nervous tax filers this year.

As millions of Americans file their taxes this week, it’s good to keep in mind that not everyone involving themselves in the process is on the up-and-up: scammers are all too aware that tax filers are often worried about a possible mistake they may have made in their taxes, and a possible follow-up call from the IRS.

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Energy-Efficient: What are you doing to conserve energy?

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Fewer Americans Are Turning Out Lights

Americans are less apt to turn out lights when not in use — or seek out energy-efficient appliances — than they were just a few years ago, according to a new poll.

The poll, from Harris, found that majorities of Americans still do basic things to save energy, but the percentages have dropped since 2012. For instance, 79% do things like turning off lights, televisions or other appliances when not in use. But that’s down from 82% in 2012.

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Teen Driving: Knowing the Rules of the Road Isn’t Enough

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Teens and “Safe Driving”

A new study finds that teenagers know what constitutes risky teen driving behavior, but regularly engage in it anyway.

Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) said they recently polled American teens to gauge their awareness of the risks of such things as drinking and texting while driving.

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Guest Blog: The True Cost of Owning an Older High-End Car

 

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This week, we’re excited to share a guest blog from our friends at Members Auto Choice.

Deciding on which vehicle to purchase can be a long, dutiful process. There are countless variables that come into play. Dependability, fuel economy, and easy maintenance are the most common needs for consumers. However, when people do their shopping, time and time again they end up way outside their budget for the sake of extras they want. Suddenly, it becomes more about what they want rather than what they need. Their emotions quickly take over, and they lose sight of what they need, and more importantly, what they can afford.

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Vacation Pictures: Tips for Staying Safe!

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Don’t Share Vacation Pictures Until You’re Home Safe

You may already know that crooks make use of social media sharing to gain access to victims. Now, there’s some new research that sheds light on the dangers facing vacationers from social media over-sharing.

Specialty insurance company Meemic wants everyone to know the dangers of sharing vacation pictures and details about a vacation while that vacation is still in progress.

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Easter Baskets: Smart Alternatives to Candy

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Spring has sprung and Easter is on its way!

If you’re planning on creating Easter baskets for your son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild, it may seem like your only options are bunny-shaped sugary candies and chocolates.

While these special treats are delightful, we all know that too much sugar can be a bad thing – leading to tummy aches from over-indulgence or dental problems (ouch!). Not to mention the fact that those treats are tempting for sugar-conscious adults as well…

So, if not candy, what can be fun and sugar free?

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Jobs: Open Positions are Costly to the Company

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Unfilled Jobs Cost Companies Big Bucks

Companies lose an average of more than $14,000 for every job that stays open for more than three months, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.

You would think that a figure like this would serve as a big motivator for companies to fill open positions fast, yet 54% of the employers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates.

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