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The Cost of Being on ‘American Idol’

For eleven years now, American Idol has been feeding the dreams of talented and not-so-talented singers and audience members alike. For many contestants, being on the show is a year-long commitment -and more. BankRate looks at the financial costs and rewards of such a venture. What expenses are involved in being a contestant? How much [...]

Financial Advice from a Man Who’s Been Retired Since 1969

Leonard McCracken worked for a steel company until he retired in 1969. He’s now 107 and has been living on savings, Social Security, and an annuity payment ever since. Bankrate.com’s Jennie L. Phipps asked McCracken to share his wisdom about managing personal finances that permitted him to remain retired for 41 years. Among his suggestions [...]