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Ending COVID Emergency Unemployment Benefits Helped the Economy, New Fed Study Shows

The ending of emergency unemployment benefits (EUB), which were put in place during the early days of the pandemic, helped boost economic growth, according to a new paper by the Federal Reserve Bank…

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9 Ways to Save on Major Household Appliance Repairs and Purchases

If your washer, dryer, dishwasher or refrigerator breaks during these inflationary times, you could be hit with a much larger bill than you may have expected. In line with other items, household…

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Tyson Raises Chicken Prices Over 20% as ‘Premium’ Beef Demand Softens

With food prices remaining high due to current rate of record inflation, American consumers have been shifting their spending habits. This was reflected in Tyson Foods' earnings call on Aug. 8, as the…

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Does Aldi Accept SNAP EBT Food Stamps?

With more than 2,000 stores across 36 states, Aldi is one of the biggest grocery chains in the U.S. As with most grocery chains, Aldi customers who qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

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Food Prices Dropped In July, But Low Costs May Not Last

If you've noticed some food prices dropping at the grocery store, you're not imagining things. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there was a drop in costs for…

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Inflation Reduction Act Seeks to Improve Prescription Drug Prices, Reduce Health Care Premiums

With the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate (by a narrow margin, with VP Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote), many may be wondering what other benefits they could be…

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What Special Social Security Benefits Do Veterans Receive?

It's a little-known fact, but earnings for active duty military service or active duty training are covered under Social Security and have been since 1957. One of the special benefits military members…

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Tax-Free Holidays in 2022: When Your State Has Them (and For What Items)

A sales tax-free holiday is a limited-time period where a state allows sales tax to be eliminated or reduced on categories of consumer products. These holidays are usually short in duration and are…

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