Spring Clean Your ID Theft Habits

collegemoneyIf you’re like three-quarters of Americans you take part in the annual ritual of spring cleaning, according to research from the American Cleaning Institute. The places that top your list for dusting off or sprucing up include the bedroom (76%), kitchen (73%), bathroom (69%), family room (61%) and dining room (45%).

Well, I’ve got another few targets to add to that list: How about spring cleaning your desktops (both real and virtual), your wallet and your online presence as a way to protect yourself from identity theft. Nearly 8.5 million people that were victims of a data breach in 2014 were also victims of fraud, according to a survey from Javelin Strategy and Research sponsored by LifeLock. That’s not a trend that’s going away any time soon.  But while it’s tough to protect yourself from becoming someone whose data is pilfered, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of a data heist turning into full-blown identity theft. Here’s what you’ll want to do.
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Today’s Money: Shop Smart This Spring

This morning on Today, I talked about how to buy three big ticket items this spring: lawn mowers, used cars, and airline tickets. Watch the video for my tips:

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Today’s Money: Your To-Do List Before Tax Deadline

This morning on Today, I went through a checklist of seven things you should do if you plan to be late filing your taxes this year.

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Today’s Money: 5 items you should spend extra cash on this spring

With lower gas prices, economists are predicting a spending surge over the next few months. I offer five ways you can put your money to good use this spring, like snagging tickets to Europe and allergy shots.

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Today’s Money: My Tips For Saving On Your Taxes

Every year at tax time Americans leave billions of dollars on the table. Make sure you get your slice by following these tips in my segment below for grabbing every deduction and tax credit. Read more on Today.com

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Today’s Money: Repair or Replace?

Does it feel like your home is falling apart? Before you shell out the cash to buy a new fridge or dishwasher, check out my segment below for tips on when to repair and when to replace your costly home items when they break down. Read more on Today.com.

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How chewing gum can save you money

iStock_000024738476SmallI kicked off this 52-week savings challenge on TODAY in January, so if you joined back then, right now you’re at the point where you should start feeling pretty good about the amount of money you’re putting away. If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to catch up! We’re in the 9th week of 2015, so at this point you should have put aside $45 to play along. On Today.com I offer more tricks on how to put away cash. Read the full article here.

How To Beat The Winter Blues

vacationNo matter where you live, it helps to have a strategy to slog through these cold months. I retreat to the kitchen where I lean heavily on comfort foods. (Recently I made Coq Au Riesling from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.) In last week’s newsletter I asked for your survival tips. Thanks to everyone who emailed and tweeted me back. Here are some of my favorites:  (more…)

4 Tips For Negotiating Your Salary

keys-to-getting-paid-moreAccording to Salary.com, 84% of employers say they expect job applicants to negotiate their salaries. But similar research, this time from CareerBuilder, found that only half of applicants actually do. This is a clear mistake. A new job is a new chance to make more money. I tell you how to negotiate your salary on Bankrate.com.

 

Come on over! At Home with TODAY

As part of the “At Home with TODAY” series, I invited TODAY over for a tour of my home. See the full feature on Today.com.

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