1. Couponing to Save Money
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78% of consumers use coupons, and people who make $100,000 or more tend to use coupons, according to Nielsen. TheKrazyCouponLady.com founders Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler say couponing is making a huge comeback, and people are realizing that it pays to save. Demer says many stores have tightened up coupon policies, but it’s still one of the best ways to cut costs.
2. Market Rally
Skybridge Capital senior portfolio manager Troy Gayeski says the markets are entering a sustained bull market for the next 6+ months. He says we’ve had a slow-growth economy for years, but 2014 should be the first time the economy can grow at 3%. Gayeski says there will be more money coming out of bonds and into equities in the next few months, and he expects the fourth quarter to be strong for stocks.
3. Are Health Apps, Gadgets Worth It?
One study shows that the pulse from your fingertip can detect heart disease, but are gadgets really worth it? NY Cardiac Diagnostic Center Director Dr. Steven Reisman says gadgets that measure blood flow by compressing fingertips can work to diagnose people at early risk for heart problems. Plus, he says it’s non-invasive and usually covered by insurance.
4. Grading the Housing Recovery
The number of homeowners struggling with underwater mortgages fell dramatically in the second quarter, and CoreLogic chief economist Mark Fleming says rising prices are helping many homeowners. That said, states like Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Michigan still have relatively high shares of underwater homeowners, but Fleming says even those states have seen improvement.