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Now time for today’s top personal finance stories:
My cautionary tale — after an $11 mistake on my 2020 tax return my $11,000 refund and stimulus is now in limbo
‘Because of my mistake, I’m still waiting for our $5,400 refund, and our $5,600 stimulus payment.’ Read More
In a world of #fakenews, more Americans are getting their COVID-related news from the same place
Social media doesn’t help people differentiate what is real from what is fake, but this class of publications might. Read More
I’m 30. My wife is 34. We saved $350K and I have $325K saved for retirement. Should we pay cash for a home — or take out a mortgage and invest it?
‘We have been cheaply renting for the last three years, and living as if I were still a very poor graduate student. During this time, we paid off all of our debts.’ Read More
10 countries where vaccinated Americans are allowed to travel — but it won’t come cheap
Several countries are easing restrictions for fully-vaccinated people looking to vacation, even though public-health officials have maintained warnings against unnecessary travel. Read More
Hot Tickets: 10 In-Demand Cities Where Home Prices Are Soaring the Most (Some Will Surprise You)
Has the arrival of spring ever seemed so overdue? Renewal! Longer days and warmer nights! This would normally be the long-awaited start of peak season for home buyers looking to purchase their first abode or trade up into a larger residence. But if we’ve learned anything since the start of the pandemic, it’s that the current housing market is anything but normal. Read More
A Forgotten Chapter in U.S. History: When Women Had To Choose Between Mortgages and Motherhood
Less than 50 years ago, many mortgage lenders refused to consider a woman’s income. Some asked women for letters promising they would return to work if they had a baby. Others requested statements from their doctors that they were on birth control—or worse. Read More
Americans are using this round of stimulus checks differently than previous payments
On average, households received $3,162 on average in the third round of stimulus payments. Read More
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement?
‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’ Read More
Over-the-counter, 15-minute COVID-19 tests are coming to a store near you — so how much will they cost?
Instead of booking an appointment or sending specimen collections to a lab, Americans will soon be able to fully perform COVID-19 tests at home. Read More
Disneyland reopens this month: Expect fewer rides, no meet-and-greets — and shorter lines
The Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks are set to reopen this month after being closed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More