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Tax Refund Anticipation Loans Will Soon Become Ancient History — Dollars and Sense

If you’re one of those impatient people who gets a refund anticipation loan (RAL) from a tax preparer, enjoy it while it lasts — after this year, those loans are going away. And it’s probably for your own good.

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Oli Scarff, Getty Images
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Twitter Is Selling Your Tweets and You Don’t Get a Dime

You may not be able to search for your own Tweets on Twitter after a week, but a marketing research company in the UK can now search all the Tweets Tweeted since January of 2010. This is possible because Twitter just sold Datasift the right to sort through them.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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Wondering Where Your Tax Refund Is? Don’t Check With the IRS

If you filed your taxes electronically, you may be wondering where your refund is. And, if you visited the IRS website’s “Where’s my refund?” page, you may have been given an error message that says the IRS has no information about your return.

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Giving Kids an Allowance May Do More Harm Than Good — Dollars and Sense

For years, the prevailing wisdom behind doling out allowances to kids has been that the practice helps children learn about budgets, which, in turn, leads to better spending habits when they grow up — assumptions that may not be true.

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AT&T’s Unlimited Data Plans May Not Be So Unlimited After All

AT&T Wireless customers with unlimited data plans are crying foul over a policy that seemingly punishes the heaviest users, throttling their download speeds to a snail’s pace.

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Why Does It Cost So Much to Go to the Movies?

The price of movie tickets hit an all-time high last year — $7.93 on average, a four-cent increase from 2010. At the same time, box office earnings sank a full four percent. So what’s going on?

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Category: Money, Movies
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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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Is Cheating on Your Taxes Okay? More Americans Say ‘Yes’ — Dollars and Sense

Tax day is right around the corner — but that doesn’t mean we’ll all pay our fair share.

An IRS survey last year found the percentage of people who thought it was acceptable to cheat “as much as possible” on their returns doubled compared to 2010.

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Billings Police Department to Auction Items Through Online Website

Ever wonder where seized items end up? Police departments seize evidence and unclaimed items all the time and after an allotted time, they are allowed to sell them, usually for pretty cheap. While the traditional method was to hold auctions at town halls or ball rooms, now Montana Police departments are selling there stuff on online auction websites.

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Category: Money, Newsletter
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Garth Brooks Receives $1 Million in Hospital Case

Garth Brooks was awarded $1 million in his lawsuit against a hospital in his native Oklahoma. The lawsuit  came about to due a dispute over a donation in exchange for naming a wing of the facility after his late mother. Even though Brooks likely doesn’t need the money as one of the most successful country stars ever, it was a matter of principle for him — and the jury agreed. The $1 million includes his original donation, plus punitive damages, according to Reuters.

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Do Americans Use Cash or Credit More? — Dollars and Sense

Credit card debt may have jumped during the holiday shopping season, but a new report indicates good old cash is still our first choice when we pay for smaller, everyday items.

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What Happens to Unredeemed Gift Cards?

The holidays may be over, but chances are you’ve got a constant reminder: a gift card. Gift cards are always a popular choice for holiday gifts, so you’d think more of them would actually be redeemed — but experts believe at least $2 billion worth of the cards given last year will never see a cash register.

So what happens to all that money?

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Photo by flickr user jswieringa
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5 Ways to Save Money in One Minute or Less

This is not a list that requires you to be overly proactive. I, myself, have always had difficulty cutting coupons, eating at home, budgeting, and doing many other activities that often appear on lists of this kind. Here are five ways I have found that will help you save money with little to no effort.

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