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Banks Could Start Charging a $5 Monthly Fee for Using Your Debit Card

Looks like it's time to start storing all your cash in your mattress again.  Remember those banks we bailed out?  They still want to hold your money for you . . . but now when you take some OUT, they want to keep a piece for themselves.

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Do You Think ATM Fees Are to High?

 

According to Bankrate banks now charge an average of $2.40 for non-customers to use their ATMs, which is a record high for ATM fees.   That's a 3% increase from last year, when the $2.33 average fee was a record high.  In fact, ATM fees have hit a record high each of the last seven years.

Ten years ago, the average fee was more than a dollar lower, at $1.36.

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Do You Keep Paying for Your Kids’ College When They Fail a Semester? [Audio]

Do you think sending your kids to college means that they go away, have some fun, study, live in a dorm and graduate four years later?  Not so much.  A nonprofit group called Complete College America just compliled some stats that say the vast majority of college students are part-time and taking around eight years to complete a four-year degree.

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People With No Siblings are More Likely to Earn Six Figures

If your career hasn't gone the way you wanted, it might be because of your brothers and sisters.

A study from PR Newswire at CareerBuilder found that birth order can have an effect on how much money you make, and how far you advance in your career.

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One Out of Every Eight People Has Completely Stopped Carrying Cash

It's entirely possible that kids born three or four years from now may never really know what CASH is.

According to the latest reports from Daily Mail, out of the U.K., one out of eight people has now completely stopped carrying any cash or coins.  They're going straight credit and debit card, we assume . . . we doubt they're just running around writing checks.

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The Only Home Renovation That Pays For Itself Is Steel Entry Doors

People justify expensive home improvements by saying that they'll "pay for themselves".  That means they'll add more to the home's value than the cost of doing them.

But it turns out they usually don't.  According to Yahoo Finance the only renovation that increases the cost of the home enough to recoup 100% of the cost is replacing older doors with steel ones.

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Casey Anthony Reportedly Wants $1.5 Million for an Interview

We all know that Casey Anthony won't be able to get a job anywhere because, well...she killed her daughter. So she is trying to scrap up as much money for TV appearances as possible. And so far, no network has offered to pay it.

According to CBS News he wants $1.5 MILLION for her first TV appearance since she was acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter.

She said her daughter accidentally drowned in a swimming pool.  And she admitted to covering up the death because she panicked and hid her daughter in the woods.  So because of that, she could become a millionaire.

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A Family in South Carolina Has Won Nearly $16 Million in Three Lottery Jackpots

This just seems unfair.  How can one family POSSIBLY be this lucky? I'm not even lucky enough to find a great parking spot at the grocery store.

Charlotte Observer reported that back in 1991, Amy McCauley of Fort Mill, South Carolina won $15.5 MILLION in the New York lottery.  And rather than just call it a day and retire from the lottery, she kept playing.

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Parents Plan to Spend Less on Back-to-School Supplies

The kids have been home for the summer for several weeks now, so it's time for parents to start thinking about sending them back to school. This means we need to start saving money now for everything that they will "need" to go back to school.

From PR Newswire and PriceGrabber's Annual Back-to-School Shopping Forecast found that parents plan on spending LESS on school supplies this year.

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What Would You Do If You Found $17,000?

Have you ever found a lost wallet or a BIG bag of money? For the most part everyone knows that if you find some one's wallet you return it so they don't lose their mind looking for it, right? But, what if you found $17,000.00...would you return it?

Chicago Tribune printed a story that on June 6th, 54-year-old Robert Adams of Arlington Heights, Illinois, found a Chase Bank bag of cash near an ATM in a Walgreens.  The bag contained almost $17,000.

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The Cost of 4th of July

We all love the fourth of July, and we know where the biggest fireworks displays are, but have you ever wondered how much we spend on the 4th of July.

#1.) Americans spend $111 MILLION on popsicles and charcoal for July 4th weekend.

#2.) Americans spend $203 MILLION just on CONDIMENTS for July 4th.  That's more than the $193 MILLION we spend on hamburger patties.

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How High Would the Vet Bill Have to Be For You to Stop Treatment on Your Pet?

All the staffers here at 95.7 KEZJ love our pets. Even Terry Morgan. As pet owners we all know that vet bills are no joke. Theoretically though:  How high would they have to get for you to say, "I love Brutus and all, but I can't fix his knee if it costs more than my piece of crap Toyota"?

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company from PR Newswire, the average tipping point where people decide to stop treatment is . . . $1,451.

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