Tag: Consumer Affairs

The jobs report reveals two very different Americas

So who was left out of the less-than-stellar jobs recovery? Getty Images The official U.S. unemployment rate rose again in April to 6.1% from 6%...

I have crypto FOMO! ‘I’m too old to sit and hope I can make up for the lost time by safely investing my little bit of money’

Dear Quentin, I have about $20,000 saved currently. I believe I need about $10,000, or a bit less, for a six-month rainy day/emergency fund. I...

My friend set up a GoFundMe to pay for her sick pet, instead of getting a refund on our vacation. I canceled the trip. Who’s right?

I have a question about the etiquette and ethics surrounding GoFundMe. I had planned a vacation with a very old and close friend this summer....

COVID-19 was never going to have a Hollywood ending

The coming months will be messy, frustrating and prolonged — just like the coronavirus pandemic story so far. The long, slow march of the pandemic...

‘Life turns on a dime’: She donated $950 from her first stimulus check to a food bank — then received a cancer diagnosis

Almost exactly a year ago, Toi Cudworth looked around and realized she was one of the lucky ones. The San Antonio, Texas resident had a...

I’m a disabled police officer. My wife persuaded me to sign quit-claim deed so she could refinance our home at a better rate. Now she’s hinting at divorce

I have been married for almost thirty years. I worked the first nine years of our marriage, I was a police officer, and became disabled....

My employer paid me in crypto. It rose 700% in value. Now he wants employees to return the crypto and accept dollars

I did some business development work for a tech company on a contract basis. The CEO stated that I would be paid in crypto when...

The No. 1 emerging property market in America isn’t in Texas or Florida — you may never even have heard of it

Home prices are rising across the country as Americans rush to purchase houses, driven in part by a newfound ability to work remotely as a...

My son, a college student, received 3 stimulus checks. I’m a dad trying to teach ethical behavior? What should we do?

Dear Quentin, Our dependent son — a college student — has received three stimulus payments to date, which we believe he may not be entitled...

Home prices surge 12% in February, the biggest jump since 2006 — a $35,000 gain for median-priced homes

The number: The cost to purchase a home rose by a record amount, according to two major barometers of house prices in the U.S. The...

Disney fan complains that Walt Disney World is becoming too ‘woke’ — here’s what’s changed at the park and why

A self-described longtime fan of Walt Disney World penned an op-ed blasting the company for making changes to popular attractions in the name of “wokeness.”...

The government promised to forgive military members’ student loans after 10 years of service — it’s only worked for 124 of them

Almost 3 million people are employed by the Department of Defense, many of whom are performing a quintessential form of public service: Serving in the...

My wife makes $200K a year, but gives us $700 a month, and $3,000 to her brother and mother ‘to keep them in the good life’

Never reached out to anyone about my personal life, but I am at a draw. My wife and I married in 2008, and I knew...

Disney fan complains Walt Disney World is becoming too ‘woke’ and new home sales surge past expectations as builders race to meet demand

Happy Friday MarketWatchers. We’re almost done with our money challenge! Next week we’ll be focusing on taking action to reach our money goals. Make sure...

My husband and I bought a $387K building with my parents. We sold it for nearly $1M. We took care of it. Do we still split it 50-50?

I have a situation that seems to have no good answer, and I need an outside opinion.  Ten years ago, my husband and I entered...

How to get in line for homeowner assistance funds

States are gearing up to distribute nearly $10 billion in aid for homeowners who have been hard hit during the pandemic. So how can struggling...

Homeowners’ new safety net leaves many at risk

As the federal government hastily stitches together a new safety net for struggling homeowners, housing advocates fear the relief may come too late for some...

Is now a good time to buy — or sell — a home? Here’s what Americans need to know about the hot real-estate market

With any purchase, people want to know if they’re getting a good deal. But when it comes to buying a home in today’s market, it’s...

Is the U.S. housing market heading for a crash? Here’s what the experts say

That’s the question a lot of Americans appear to be asking themselves. Data from Google GOOGL, -0.03% underscore the concerns that many people have about...

‘I vow to fight for full custody of my kids’: I married my wife THRICE to bring her to the U.S. — she surprised me with divorce

Right now, I am in “surprised mode” after my wife suddenly filed for divorce without even talking to me. Even my mother-in-law, who is living...

My boyfriend agreed to go part time to look after my teenage kids. I paid him $650 a month. We split up — now he’s crying foul

Dear Quentin, I would like your perspective as to whether my perspective is off. I have been the primary earner in the household. A few...

April 15 is not tax day in 2021, but it’s still a crucial deadline for some taxpayers — are you among them?

But the words normal and typical don’t seem to apply to anything these days, and this year’s tax season is no exception. So the simple...

How do you compete with home buyers who can pay in all cash? Skip inspections and appraisals

Alissa Resnick and Brett Banhazl’s experience buying a home will sound familiar to many Americans negotiating today’s housing market. The married couple began seriously searching...

I want to build my dream home in New Jersey, but why is there a shortage of lumber, steel, microwaves and even refrigerators?

‘The Big Move’ is a MarketWatch column looking at the ins and outs of real estate, from navigating the search for a new home to...

Just 500 households in New York City will pay the highest rate in Cuomo’s millionaire-tax hike and suicide deaths fell during the 2020 pandemic — but why?

Hello MarketWatchers! It’s that time of the day… Before I share our top personal finance stories of the day, I’m here to remind you that...