Personal Finance Daily: 19 ways to lower your electricity, water and cable bills, and teens will love this car — except it tells their parents if they speed or break curfew


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Personal Finance
My aunt is stealing my dead mother’s Social Security and persuaded my hospitalized father to sign over power of attorney

‘My father was recently very sick and in the hospital, and he was not in his right mind.’

I’m 34 and have 5 to 10 years to live — I want to spend $50K on a new kitchen, but my wife is vehemently opposed

‘With my limited time left, I want to invest in a new kitchen — both as a gift to my wife and as something positive and new to lift my spirits, since I’m largely confined to our home.’

This is how cool you should keep your house — spoiler: not very — based on government guidelines

Energy Star, the federal program from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, says the coolest you should keep your residence is 78 degrees when at home.

A majority of Republicans join Democrats in backing red-flag gun laws

New research also suggests the bold new policy would have an impact on reducing gun violence.

Chicken sandwich wars: Popeyes, Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s are waging an all-out food fight on Twitter

A debate over which chain has the best chicken sandwich has blown up online.

Teens will love this car — except it tells their parents if they speed or break curfew

The best new and used cars for teens from U.S. News & World Report include safety and tracking features.

The best place in America to get the highest return by renting out your vacation home

Buying a vacation rental doesn’t necessarily mean looking for a waterfront property.

Here’s the No. 1 highest-paid, fastest-growing job in every U.S. state

CareerBuilder crunched data on the lucrative professions that are growing at a faster rate than the national average.

My elderly father refuses to use his oxygen tank — will our stepmother get all his money if he dies without a will?

‘The only end-of-life planning he will allow is that we need to throw a big party and have the funeral at his church.’

19 ways to lower your electricity, water and cable bills

Utility bills keep adding up? Using some of these tricks will put money back in your pocket.

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Trump says White House considering tax cuts as he rejects recession worries

President Trump on Tuesday said his administration was mulling tax cuts to stimulate the economy, even though he rejected suggestions that the U.S. is heading for a recession.

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Trump’s war on facts guts federal research agencies

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A tariff on conversation: How China mutes trade-war debate at home

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