The Dime Roll: Thanksgiving Travel, Shedding Debt, 355% Interest, and More

August 16, 2013

This week we scoured the web and found a treasure trove of great blog posts covering everything from the rising cost of Thanksgiving travel to an online lender charging as much as 355% interest on loans. Have a look.

Money Saving Tips:
Traveling for Thanksgiving? Buy your tickets now by Donna Freedman on MSN Money
We might still be in the summer season, but if you’re considering traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s time to start booking your flights now. (And by now, I mean yesterday.)

8 Ways to Save on the Cost of Prescription Drugs by Mary McCoy on MoneyCrashers
Prescriptions, especially for unexpected illnesses, can take a chunk out of any budget. This article has some useful tips for greatly reducing these costs.

7 Little-Known Supermarket Policies That Save You at the Checkout by FrugalFoodie on Mint
Did you know that some stores are authorized to open up packages to let you sample an item before purchasing it? That’s just one of the lesser-known ways you can save money at the store.

Money Management:
Are Your Habits Leading You Into Debt? by Jackie Beck on The Debt Myth
Is perpetuating a debt cycle one of your habits? Recognizing it as such might be able to help you make real and lasting changes.

3 Signs You’re Not Ready for a Mortgage by Miranda Marquit on ReadyForZero
Jumping headfirst into a mortgage – even if you happen to be approved for a loan -- may not be your best bet if you’re struggling with the issues in this article.

How to Use Weight-Loss Tactics to Shed Debt by Cameron Huddleston on Kiplinger
The outcomes may be different, but the steps to paying off debt and shedding unwanted pounds are eerily similar. So lucky for you, if you’ve managed one, chances are you can manage the other.

Food For Thought:
Man Writes Own Credit Card Contract, Sues Bank for Breaking Terms by Matt Brownell on DailyFinance
Consumers who don’t read the fine print on credit card contracts often get slammed with unexpected fees and less than desirable usage terms. So what happened to this man who attempted to turn the tables?

New York Sues Lender Charging 355% Interest by Brandon Ballenger on MoneyTalksNews
Would you agree to a loan that charged 355% interest? Online lender Western Sky Financial is actually offering loans with rates that high – but now some states are fighting back.

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