The latest on phantom debt, net neutrality’s impact on college costs, and how to handle the holidays after a layoff

The latest on phantom debt, net neutrality’s impact on college costs, and how to handle the holidays after a layoff

Here are some favorite personal finance reads from around the web this week.


FCC’s proposed Internet rules could raise college costs and hinder free exchange of ideas

The Washington Post

The topic of net neutrality has caused understandable concern about privacy, consumer protections, and Internet access. Another potential impact? College costs. This article outlines how the FCC ruling could make higher ed even more expensive for students.

The never-ending foreclosure

The Atlantic

While the U.S. economy has emerged from the Great Recession, not all families have recovered. Many people who lost their jobs and homes are still struggling. The Santillan family’s story shows the recession’s lasting impact and reminds us that you can never be too cautious, even in a thriving economy.

Millions are hounded for debt they don’t owe. One victim fought back, with a vengeance


They call it phantom debt. People are being haunted by money they don’t owe. This guy (or hero, as I call him) went on a harrowing journey to find the debt collectors responsible for bilking Americans out of millions of dollars.

How to handle holiday gatherings when you’ve been laid off

The Billfold

The holidays are stressful enough, but even more so when you’ve been laid off. What do you tell your family members? What do you do about gift giving? Here’s how one person managed a tough situation.

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I’m afraid my parents are spoiling my kids with lavish holiday gifts

Do your parents shower your kids with gifts during the holidays? You’re not alone. Here’s how to ask them to go easy without being a Grinch.

7 money moves to make before the new year to save on taxes

Tax day may not be until April, but there are things you can do now to cut down on the money you owe Uncle Sam.. Follow these smart steps before you ring in the new year. You’ll be glad you did.

What you need to know about buying a car [Infographic]

It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: mega car sales events! Whether you’re looking for new or used, my latest infographic shows how to get the best deal on your new wheels.

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