Personal spending

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, an assortment of credit cards and rewards cards are shown in Zelienople, Pa. If you have developed new spending habits, and potentially higher credit scores, since paying off debt, you might be a good fit for rewards credit cards that earn cash back for your emergency fund or miles for a vacation. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 03, 2018 - 11:54 am
While paying off $1,700 in credit card debt in 2014, Jamie Griffin cut up his card. To tackle the remaining $90,000 in student loans he and his wife carried, he read personal finance experts' tips and turned to cash and a spreadsheet to budget. Now that most of their debt is paid off, he's giving...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2009 file photo, boats are seen on Ammoudi Bay near seaside tavernas on the island of Santorini, Greece. Tax authorities say they have used surveillance drones in Greece for the first time to spot violations on Santorini, where tourists were allegedly being taken on boat tours of the island's sea-filled volcanic crater without getting receipts. Greece's Independent Authority for Public Revenue says that the one-day operation last week involved surveillance of nine tour boats, and that the violations recorded in a follow-up inspection were worth 25,000 euros ($29,400) in lost revenue. (AP Photo/Michael Virtanen, File)
September 26, 2018 - 6:44 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government is owed so much in tax arrears from households and companies that it could pay off more than half its massive public debts if it collected it all. Unfortunately for the government, that's unlikely to ever happen. Data from the Independent Authority for...
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Paul Gipe protests before the first of three public hearings on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards in a region with some of the nation's worst air pollution Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in Fresno, Calif. The day-long session by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a means to gather public comment concerning the mileage plan, which would freeze U.S. mileage standards at levels mandated by the Obama administration for 2020, instead of letting them rise to 36 miles per gallon by 2025. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
September 24, 2018 - 7:45 pm
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people's health and exacerbate climate...
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Plaintiffs of Ford cars with bad transmissions gather outside a civil court before a verdict in a class-action lawsuit in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The Thai court has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay 291 customers a total of around $720,000 in compensation for selling cars equipped with faulty transmissions. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
September 21, 2018 - 10:43 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay 291 customers a total of about $720,000 in compensation for selling cars equipped with faulty transmissions. The Bangkok South Civil Court's decision was welcomed Friday as a victory in a country where consumers rarely win redress. Most...
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Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 12, 2018 - 2:51 pm
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Apple iPhone announcement (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Apple's newest iPhone will again test the limits of how much people are willing to pay for the latest technology. The iPhone XS Max will sell for about $1,100, or $100 more than last year's iPhone X. The...
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September 10, 2018 - 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They're aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. With midterm elections barely two...
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A Vietnamese group from Orange County, Calif., pays their respects near the casket of Sen. John McCain during a viewing at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
August 29, 2018 - 11:14 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of people paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, standing for hours in the broiling Arizona sun before filing past the flag-draped casket that his tearful wife, Cindy, lovingly pressed her face against after a ceremony for the former North Vietnam...
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U.S. Naval sea cadets walk past the casket to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
August 29, 2018 - 8:14 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the first of two days of services in Arizona to honor Sen. John McCain (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Authorities say at least 1,500 people have paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain at a public viewing at the Arizona Capitol. Bart Graves of the Arizona Department...
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Swanson Funeral Home's 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse, which carried legendary singer Aretha Franklin's casket to Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, is parked outside during the public viewing for Franklin, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Franklin. (Tanya Moutzalias/Ann Arbor News-MLive.com via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 10:55 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the first day of a public viewing of Aretha Franklin at a storied Detroit museum (all times local): 10:45 p.m. In a final act of sisterhood, hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta have paid tribute to their soror, Aretha Franklin on Tuesday night. The sorority's...
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FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo low lying morning fog covers part of San Francisco. Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet one of their basic needs last year, according to a new study by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization. That includes paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 28, 2018 - 3:10 am
Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That's according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly 7,600 adults that found that the difficulties were...
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