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Have you ever noticed that when people say not to worry about money it usually means they’ve got a lot and you don’t? Here at the Wake Forest News we take money seriously and cover the topic like nobody’s bidness.

Buying an Internet-Connected Smart Toy? Read this.

Before giving in to your kid’s plea for a new toy, you may want to collect some information about it. Why? Well, for one thing, that toy may want to collect information about your kid. I’m talking about internet-connected smart toys with cameras, microphones, and sensors. The ones that know your kids’ voices (and yours). Smart toys that silently collect data ... Read More »

Life Insurance: What to Consider When Looking for Coverage

On this site, we’ve discussed a number of what I’ve called “money milestones” that tend to be celebratory achievements. We’ve also covered the benefits of several different types of insurance ranging from the popular (namely health and auto insurances) to the underutilized (like renters insurance). Well, today I wanted to look at a milestone that coincides with a less joyous ... Read More »

What is a Reasonable Debt Settlement Offer for Federal Student Loans?

Question: Dear Steve, I have a student loan debt (30K) from 1983-1988. I consolidated in 2000 and now the total is almost $90K. What would be a reasonable offer-in-compromise? And, who would I be in touch with? These are federal loans. Thanks. What is considered a reasonable offer-in-compromise? Who decides this? Jonie Answer: Dear Jonie, In general, the ability to ... Read More »

7 Times Buying Cheap Can Cost More

Whether it is a discount, coupon code, free shipping offer, or a clearance item, it’s always an added bonus when you run across a good deal on a shopping trip. Finding a way to save money at the store is usually a good thing, right? But sometimes it also pays to remember that the cheapest products may actually cost more ... Read More »

National Defense Student Loan Discharge Looks Like More Fiction Than Fact

A reader asked about the National Defense Student Loan Discharge program that will allegedly forgive some or all federal student loans when someone serves in the military in a battle area. While there are a lot of people talking about the program, government agencies are not. As it stands now the program seems to be more urban fact than fiction. ... Read More »

Putting Cash in the Mail

We’ve been warning you about scammers asking you to pay with gift cards or by wiring money. Scammers love getting you to pay that way because they can get your money fast and disappear. It’s almost as good as getting you to send cold, hard cash. Which must have occurred to them, too, because some scammers are now going low-tech ... Read More »

Consumer Goes After Equifax and Navient for Screwing Up His Credit Report

A consumer has filed a lawsuit against Equifax and Navient Solutions alleging a disregard for accurate reporting his loan performance. The consumer says they have tried repeatedly to dispute and validate the incorrect credit reporting information but has had no luck. According to the complaint the consumer had 13 separate loans with Navient and they were paid off in full ... Read More »

The Marriott Data Breach

Marriott International says that a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people. If your information was exposed, there are steps you can take to help guard against its misuse. According to Marriott, the hackers accessed people’s names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth, gender, Starwood loyalty ... Read More »