Lisa Rowan
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Lisa Rowan covers personal finance. She was previously a senior writer and on-air analyst at The Penny Hoarder. Her first book, "Money Hacks," (Adams Media) will publish in September 2020.
6/2/20
10:04 AM
2

Just as an update, I was able to speak to someone from the IRS a couple of weeks ago, and was told by the (very helpful and patient) man who I spoke to that his office had just started to reopen and he was amongst the first who was back. (I was calling because the “Where’s my refund?” tool kept saying they had no Read more

6/1/20
4:50 PM
8

I woke up on New Year’s Day with a truly brutal amount of credit-card debt thanks to an extreme personal financial emergency in the back half of 2019 that I had to max out my cards just to keep at bay. (bright side: I avoided becoming homeless! Barely! Because I got a job literal in-the-same-week days before all would Read more

5/29/20
8:41 PM
6

An HSBC executive told CNBC that the global economy will most likely see a U-shaped recovery with a “jagged bottom,” which honestly, sounds more like a W, but okay. That jagged bottom could occur from economies reopening in fits and starts and potentially needing to adjust reopening procedures in the event of

5/28/20
10:43 AM
6

I think a big issue is the transparency. We’d like to know how much we’re really paying up front before making that purchase so we know it aligns with what we thought we were going to spend. Most of already have tax, tips, and likely credit card surcharges in mind (most places I’ve been to that do that are good about Read more

5/28/20
12:24 AM
27

I mean, if its mandatory, it’s no longer a tip, its a service charge/fee

5/27/20
7:48 PM
25

she never said that you ass.  but hertz is unloading a shitload of cars to help balance its books.  so you went full pedant for nothing at all.

5/27/20
3:04 PM
2

Making matters worse is the fact that if you took money out of your retirement account during the lock down then you did so when it was probably at its lowest value in recent times. If you are a millennial or someone just starting to save this is even more devastating. Take someone who just started saving and had 10K Read more

5/27/20
12:12 PM
5

Just, one thing to watch out for is that most of the big rental companies self-insure, so accident repairs may not show up on a Carfax. They declare it, but depending on how reputable of a dealer you're shopping at (and how required it is by law in your jurisdiction), that info might get omitted.

5/27/20
11:27 AM
1

I don’t see this in the article - if you are offered the opportunity to cancel your DCFSA by your employer and do so make sure you have proof your child’s daycare is closed. There’s always a chance you’re audited and it’s worth having. 

5/26/20
5:59 PM
18

these are sales of vehicles that aren’t getting used, so it’s unlikely these are ‘used up’ vehicles.

5/26/20
4:24 PM
3

I really don’t know if it will stay that way more than a couple weeks.  There are 2 months of pent up demand for vehicles and I can see some early discounts to get sales moving and then pricing adjusting after that.  Also I don’t expect too many cars to hit the auction houses for a couple months.  I think the low Read more

5/26/20
4:20 PM
14

RV rentals are spiking, in fact I think the new market for RVs may actually get more competitive as companies look to fill rental demand.

5/26/20
2:55 PM
15

I rented a car from Hertz this weekend out of ATL, and they had 2 entire floors of the rental car center packed with brand new fleet purchases. Still all wrapped up. I wish I had taken a photo! 

5/26/20
10:20 AM
1

But doesn’t this sort of cost-cutting form part of what causes a spiral of economic depression? Basically people start getting fearful and defensive, and stop spending. Your curtailed outgoings lead to someone else’s curtailed income, and so it goes. It becomes a game theory problem to some extent, with tightening Read more

5/20/20
3:09 PM
3

Airlines (and any other business that offers rewards) can change the value of their points or miles whenever they want. Read more

5/15/20
2:32 PM
4

If you want my “no-brainer” answer for cards, it’s always Discover. I started with them in 1997 when they were one of the only rewards options with no fee. Discover doesn’t excel at any single type of reward, but it does pretty well at general rewards (and redemption) across the board. Web interface is solid. Customer Read more

5/15/20
11:55 AM
2

Yes! I started noticing this about the time we started renting: probably due to cheap grade paint. Door handles, surrounding areas, and edges get nasty grimy in a short time - especially those around the kitchen & garage. Light switches are another that get dirty. I clean them about every 6 months or so. Read more