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April 2019

MONEY helps you take charge of your finances, providing trusted advice to successfully earn, plan, invest, and spend. MONEY provides in-depth coverage of stocks, mutual funds, the markets, the economy, and the best things money can buy - from travel and technology to home and luxury goods. MONEY also gives you advice on college savings and retirement planning.

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Meredith Corporation
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12 Issues


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what’s the best streaming service for your money now?

HULU OR NETFLIX? Cord cutters sick of paying cable bills have been asking themselves that question for years. And now, with Hulu lowering prices for its basic plan and Netflix raising prices on most monthly subscriptions, the debate over what’s the best streaming service for your money grows only more heated.The latest shift in streaming-service prices began in early January, when Netflix raised the price of its standard plan, which allows HD streaming on up to two screens simultaneously, to $12.99 from $10.99 per month.Consumers may have anticipated that Netflix competitors would follow in its footsteps and introduce their own price hikes. But streaming service Hulu did just the opposite, lowering prices for its ad-supported base plan, from $7.99 to $5.99 per month.So is Netflix or Hulu the better deal…

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save $250 a month on groceries

YOU DON’T NEED a side job to earn an extra $250 this month—not if you make strategic cuts to your grocery budget.At least that’s what Erin Chase figured out. As the mom of four boys, San Antonio–based Chase founded the blog The $5 Dinner Mom, which helps families cook for less.During the financial crisis, Chase found her family strapped for cash. They were already living without cable and paying a low mortgage, so she decided to put her then-$500-a-month grocery budget on the chopping block.Meat is usually a meal’s most expensive ingredient, explains Chase, a self-described math nerd. At the same time, protein also makes up the foundation for most meals: “When you can dial in on the meat and get it when it’s on sale, that’s when you’re going…

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the trendy $9,000 home renovation that can pay for itself

IF YOU’VE SEEN stately stone siding popping up on homes in your neighborhood, it’s for good reason: The look is one of the most cost-effective renovations this year, according to a new report.Replacing some of your home’s vinyl siding with manufactured stone veneer, a siding made from concrete that mimics the look of real stone, will practically pay for itself, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value report. On average, the $8,907 project recoups $8,449 at sale, or nearly 95% of the initial outlay. That’s an anomaly in the report, which finds that more popular projects, like major kitchen and bathroom renovations, recoup only about two-thirds of their initial cost at sale.That high value is part of why the look is gaining steam among owners of mid-range houses, says…

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meet the teen who started a million-dollar candy business

IN BETWEEN ATTENDING middle school and dance practice, 13-year-old CEO Alina Morse finds time to manage six employees and prep for meetings with retailers around the globe.Morse founded her sugar-free candy company when she was 9 years old, after her dad told her she couldn’t eat candy because it was bad for her teeth. Dissatisfied with that rule, Morse—who was in elementary school at the time—wanted to find a way to make candy without that rot factor.After watching YouTube videos on how to make candy and experimenting with recipes in her kitchen, Morse now runs Zolli Candy and has the No. 1 selling sugar-free lollipop on Amazon. Morse became the youngest person ever to land on the cover of Entrepreneur, met twice with Michelle Obama in the White House, and…

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a great way to ‘fail’ at work

WANT YOUR COWORKERS to like you? Never microwave fish for lunch, leave your passive-aggressive tendencies at home, and don’t forget to talk about your failures.That last tip comes straight from Harvard Business School, where a team of researchers recently found that managers who mention their mistakes face less resentment from colleagues.First, the team at Harvard sought to verify that people are indeed less likely to disclose their failures than their successes. Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk program, which pays regular people to take surveys, the researchers asked 150 participants about their accomplishments and whom they’d told about them. The results confirmed their hypothesis.After establishing that baseline, the researchers looked at whether revealing failures along with successes actually made onlookers less envious. Again using MTurk, the team had about 300 subjects enter…

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dirty jobs star mike rowe: want to make six figures? become a plumber

MIKE ROWE WANTS YOU to picture something.So envision, if you will, a skilled tradesperson. A construction worker, maybe. Or the guy who comes to fix your dishwasher when it’s leaking dirty water and stinking to high heaven.What does he look like, this blue-collar worker you’ve fabricated? Is he smart and capable? Or hapless, and kind of simpleminded, like an extra in a sitcom?“If you see a plumber on TV, he’s going to be 300 pounds with a giant butt crack,” Rowe says.The former Dirty Jobs host has, not surprisingly, met a lot of plumbers in his day. “And none of them look like that,” he says. “They’re actually pretty fit, and pretty smart, and most of them are making six figures a year.”There’s a larger point here.The talent pool for…