Dec 18, 2017

The New Tax Bill's Winners and Losers. Merry Christmas if you take standard deduction

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Among the winners: Taxpayers who take the standard deduction. About 70 percent of Americans fall into this category. A near doubling of that deduction to $12,000 for individuals, $18,000 for heads of household, and $24,000 for joint filers—combined with some more generous tax brackets and rates—would mean less tax taken from most individuals’ and families’ paychecks, according to multiple analyses.

Mother rabbit battles hungry crows on banks of the Rock River

Here's a timeless video I made a number of years ago about a life and nearly death battle in my own backyard in Janesville. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did making it.

U.S. Gets 2.5 Billion Robocalls A Month, FCC Starts Crackdown

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Gift Card Scam: Crooks Can Drain the Money

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Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely.

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4 Easy Fixes for Interior Painting Mistakes

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2017 RETURN POLICIES: SOME STORES NAUGHTY, MOST NICE

Consumer World: Return Policies, Return Policy

If you lost money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can now file a claim to get your money back

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Veterans Charity Raises Millions to Help Those Who’ve Served. But Telemarketers Are Pocketing Most of It.

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Nov 27, 2017

Richest Women: Janesville's Diane Hendrick second on list

Richest Women: Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg on Billionaires List | Money: "There are now 18 self-made American women who are billionaires, up from 16 last year. The top 10 are all worth $2 billion or more. Janesville's Diane Hendricks ($4.9 billion), the cofounder and chair of the wholesale building supplies distributor ABC Supply, is second on the list"

Bling in the Holidays

FTC Consumer Information: " If you’re looking for that special little something, jewelry might do the trick. But do you know whether you’re buying a trinket or a treasure? If you’re on the hunt for holiday glitz, keep in mind these pearls of wisdom:"

10 Car Dealer Scams That Should Be on Every Consumer’s Radar

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Even Easy Exercise Is Linked to a Longer Life

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Top Gifts for Teens and Tweens

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101 Ways to Make $1,000 in 2018

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My Health Insurance Premiums Are Soaring. What Can I Do? -

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The Dangers of Driving While Distracted

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Expert tips to help you keep your purchases private

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Truebill Review: App Promise to Track, Cancel Subscriptions | Money

Truebill Review: App Promise to Track, Cancel Subscriptions | Money:

How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel

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