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How Your 2019 Vacation Can Pay for Your 2020 Vacation - Wed, 17 Jul 2019
If you're gearing up for summer vacation, you might be wincing at the cost. Plane tickets, hotels, rental cars, meals and activities can turn any getaway into a financial burden.

Tuscaloosa sales tax hike takes effect Oct. 1 - Tue, 16 Jul 2019
With a 4-2 vote, the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday approved an amendment that clears the way for the city to collect a 1 percent sales tax increase.The amendment also sets Oct. 1 as the date that the increased tax rate would take effect. The move means consumers will pay 10 cents in sales taxes on each dollar spent in the city of Tuscaloosa.As a condition of approving the tax increase, the [...]

KMG Chemicals to close Tuscaloosa plant by 2022 - Tue, 16 Jul 2019
KMG-Bernuth will close its Tuscaloosa plant by early 2022 as part of a plan to consolidate its wood preservative production operations in another location.The Tuscaloosa facility has seven employees and primarily handles pentachlorophenol, a hazardous chemical used as a preservative for utility poles, railroad ties and other wood products.KMG’s Tuscaloosa facility manager, Brian Sims, said the decision to close the plant was made before a May 31 fire that started in a [...]

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: There is no shortcut to debt relief, so don't believe the hype - Tue, 16 Jul 2019
WASHINGTON -- The nation's biggest debt-settlement services provider will pay a steep price after allegedly deceiving borrowers who'd gotten in over their heads.Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reached a settlement with Freedom Debt Relief in which the company, while not admitting guilt, agreed to pay a $5 million civil penalty as well as $20 million in restitution to affected customers.The federal watchdog agency alleged in a lawsuit that the [...]

Take Heart, Millennials " Investing Is Within Your Reach - Mon, 15 Jul 2019
News headlines might lead you to believe that millennials are striking out on a growing list of financial accomplishments: homeownership, paying off student loans " not to mention summoning the

5 'Logical' Credit Moves That Can Lead to Trouble - Mon, 15 Jul 2019
Intuition and common sense can let you down big time if you use them to make credit decisions. Consumer credit expert John Ulzheimer says the secret is to understand the

Amazon will bring 1K jobs, new warehouse to Atlanta area - Mon, 15 Jul 2019
ATLANTA — Amazon says it will open a new warehouse facility in the Atlanta area that will create 1,000 jobs.News outlets reports Amazon and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made the announcement Wednesday.Amazon will lease a built-to-suit 700,000-square-foot (65,000-square-meter) fulfillment center covering acreage in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.Georgia lost the bid for Amazon's second headquarters last year but state officials are hopeful the warehouse development could [...]

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: Put alerts on all your credit card and bank accounts to catch thieves - Sun, 14 Jul 2019
WASHINGTON — I was in church recently taking notes on the sermon with my smartphone when the first alert popped up.The notification claimed I had just spent $50 at Stamps.com. I had not. I immediately turned to my husband and whispered, "Did you just buy something online?"He was taking notes as well, and no, he hadn't.A few seconds later, there was another pop up signaling that an additional $50 had been spent at the same online retailer. I acted as fast as I [...]

Alabama's annual sales tax holiday starts Friday - Sun, 14 Jul 2019
Back-to-school shoppers can take advantage of the sales tax holiday that starts Friday and runs through the weekend.The 14th annual sales tax holiday for school items begins Friday at 12:01 and goes through midnight July 21. Items exempt from sales taxes at stores statewide include school supplies, computers, books and clothing.Like every year, businesses in Tuscaloosa and Northport will participate. [...]

Stocking Up for School Can Be Eco-friendly " and Economical - Fri, 12 Jul 2019
Earth-friendly school supplies can be expensive, but going green doesn't mean asking your kid to open a lemonade stand to help pay. You can be gentle with the planet and

What to Do When Back to School Bites You in the Budget - Fri, 12 Jul 2019
It might seem like you've been saving for back to school since you packed your children's backpacks last fall. But after replacing worn-out erasers, outgrown clothes and an outdated laptop,

7 Things College Freshmen Don't Need " and 10 They Do - Fri, 12 Jul 2019
Those ubiquitous checklists of 'dorm room essentials' for college freshmen are filled with items that will be ditched by the end of first semester. Some parents 'go to the store

Hundreds seek job opportunities through Tuscaloosa career fair - Fri, 12 Jul 2019
A hot day couldn’t keep more than 1,000 people from looking for work in Tuscaloosa on Thursday afternoon.Nearly 60 employers from across Alabama met with job-seekers at the McDonald Hughes Center.The job fair was aimed at military veterans, but also open to the general public. For the second year in a row, the event was hosted by the Alabama Career Center System, the Association of the United States [...]

Teach Your Teens About College Costs Long Before They Apply - Thu, 11 Jul 2019
Many families struggle to pay college expenses for one or two kids. Certified financial planner Sarah Carlson, mother of two sets of twins, will soon have all four of her

Save Money on Souvenirs: Learn to Haggle - Thu, 11 Jul 2019
If you ever get the chance to wade through the markets of Marrakech, Bangkok, Shanghai or any other place where haggling is the norm, expect to get 'tourist prices.' But

New Chinese restaurant opening in former Cheddar's building on Skyland - Wed, 10 Jul 2019
A new Chinese restaurant will open soon along Skyland Boulevard, a move one Tuscaloosa council member hopes will bring more business to that part of town.Asuka Buffet is set to open in the former Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen building before the end of the month. Cheddar’s closed in September 2016 after three years, leaving the space vacant ever since.The buffet, which will feature an [...]

More than 60 employers sign on for veterans job fair - Tue, 09 Jul 2019
More than 60 employers have signed on for a job fair Thursday aimed at helping veterans and former members of the U.S. military find jobs.Free and open to all job-seekers, the Tuscaloosa/Veteran Job Fair is being directed toward ex-military members.The event is set to last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald Hughes Community Center, 3101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.The Tuscaloosa/Veteran Job Fair is the result of a partnership between the Tuscaloosa Career [...]

Bama Belle for sale, cruises and events still offered — for now - Tue, 09 Jul 2019
The Bama Belle riverboat is up for sale.Owner and Bama Belle captain Craig Dodson, who purchased the boat in 2015 and returned her to operating on the Black Warrior River, said the boat is in good condition and runs just fine.“I just want to do something else,” he said. [...]

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: How to talk to your aging parents about their finances - Tue, 09 Jul 2019
WASHINGTON -- Can we talk?Those three words can be the beginning of a difficult conversation. In a romantic relationship, they might mean that something is wrong and a long overdue discussion is needed.But what if the talk you need to have is with your mom or dad?You've noticed some things are off. Your mother, who was fastidious about keeping her home clean, now doesn't notice the clutter. Your father was manic about paying bills on time, but now payment notices are [...]

New Tuscaloosa children's urgent care clinic coming this fall - Mon, 08 Jul 2019
A new medical option for children is coming to north Tuscaloosa later this year.Urgent Care for Children, a physician-owned pediatric urgent care provider, has announced plans to open a new after-hours urgent care clinic this fall in the former Wells Fargo bank building at the intersection of Rice Mine Road Northeast and New Watermelon Road.This is one of three new locations the company has said it will open this year. The other [...]