Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses.
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The Biggest Mistake People Make When Opening an Investment Account Investing & Retirement May 17, 2019
When you open an investment account like a traditional or Roth IRA, there's a common mistake a lot of people…
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How to cut your Publix grocery bill in half Save Money May 17, 2019
Publix calls itself "the place where shopping is a pleasure" because of its award-winning emphasis on customer service. But that…
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How Many Bank Accounts Should You Have? Banks & Banking May 16, 2019
If you've received a bank sign-up bonus offer in the mail, you might be thinking about opening a new bank…
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6 things to know about insurance startup Young Alfred Insurance May 13, 2019
If you're befuddled by the insurance shopping process, you might want to give new website Young Alfred a look. This…
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4 Things to Know Before You Buy a TV From Costco Shopping & Retail May 9, 2019
Costco Wholesale can be a great option when you're looking to buy your next TV. Here's What You Need to…
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7 Things to Know About Investing With Fidelity Investments Investing & Retirement May 9, 2019
Do you invest with Fidelity Investments or are you thinking about investing with them? This popular online discount brokerage is…
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What is a mushroom burial suit and how much does one cost? Life May 8, 2019
The Internet has been buzzing recently about a newfangled burial option after former Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry's daughter…
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7 Things to Know About Amica Insurance Insurance May 8, 2019
Looking for a new auto insurer who gets high marks for customer service and pays you back as a customer?…
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What Is Swapalease and How Does It Work? Cars April 30, 2019
Leasing is a popular way for people to get into a new vehicle — even though it's probably money expert…
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10 Best Investment Companies for Small Investors Investing & Retirement April 30, 2019
The financial service industry is not exactly geared toward anyone who's not Daddy Warbucks. If you're a small investor, it…
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Job alert: 10 companies hiring like crazy in May Jobs April 30, 2019
Spring hiring is in full swing! This month, there are great job opportunities in tech, education, health and more. Enterprise,…
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Warning: Don’t fall for this new Social Security phone scam Scams & Rip-Offs April 29, 2019
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a warning about a new scam that you're going to want to hear! This…
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2 Legitimate Ways to Get Free Disney World Tickets Travel April 29, 2019
"There's no such thing as a free lunch." "Nobody rides for free." You've heard it all a hundred times before.…
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10 U.S. metro areas where home ownership is most affordable Homes & Real Estate April 28, 2019
Home ownership rates are on the rise in our country, but low salaries can still be an impediment when you…
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Free one-day shipping is coming to Amazon Prime soon Shopping & Retail April 26, 2019
Amazon is making a huge change to its Prime offering: Get ready for free one-day shipping as the new standard…
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America’s most trusted brands in 2019 Shopping & Retail April 25, 2019
When it comes to brands that you trust, what or who comes to mind? That's the question researchers asked more…
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Ground beef recall alert: 100,000 pounds tainted with E. coli Recalls April 25, 2019
A Georgia-based beef company is recalling 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef after a sample tested positive for E. coli…
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Should You Buy Out Your Leased Car? Cars April 23, 2019
If you're at the end of your car's lease, you may be wondering if you should buy the vehicle. In…
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Do You Really Need to Buy Uninsured Motorist Coverage? Insurance April 19, 2019
Being involved in an auto accident is no fun. But it's doubly no fun if you're hit by a driver…
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The Best Term Life Insurance Companies Life Insurance April 12, 2019
Looking for the best life insurance? Simple is better when it comes to life insurance, and buying level term insurance…
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Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card to Pay for Anything Money & Credit April 11, 2019
Banks love to pitch debit cards as a way to avoid spending money you don’t have. But there are many…
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Target Date Funds: The Easiest Way to Start Saving for Retirement Investing & Retirement April 10, 2019
Do you feel like investing is too complicated to understand sometimes? Target date funds are one way take the confusion…
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22 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Save Money March 29, 2019
Ever get that sinking feeling at the supermarket checkout as your weekly groceries are being rung up? Before you know…
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7 Things to Know About USAA Auto Insurance Insurance March 27, 2019
If you're looking for a new auto insurer who gets high marks for customer service, you may want to give…
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How to talk to your partner about money before marriage Money & Credit March 25, 2019
Before you walk down the aisle, are you willing to have a frank discussion about money and marriage with your…
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7 Things to Know About Costco’s Mortgage Program Mortgages March 22, 2019
If you're reading this article, there's a good chance you already buy almost everything for your house at Costco —…
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How to Open a Roth IRA Investing & Retirement March 22, 2019
Do you want to open a Roth IRA, but you're not sure how or where to get started? In this…
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How to join work-from-home job site FlexJobs for up to 50% off Jobs March 22, 2019
If you're looking for a legitimate work-from-home job, FlexJobs is a great site to begin your search. And, for a…
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How to Wash Those ‘Dry Clean Only’ Clothes at Home Shopping & Retail March 20, 2019
When you own special or delicate clothing, it's important to know that you can save a bundle of money if…
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Chick-fil-A, Trader Joe’s lead list of companies who make customers happiest Shopping & Retail March 19, 2019
When it comes to getting the best customer service, just about every company out there makes the claim that they're…