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  1. Save your refund? That's the REAL no-brainer

    It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During 2012, for example, we spent $11.8 billion — yes, billion with a 'b' — on bottled water.

  2. Throw the book at these tax myths

    It's tax time, and that always puts me in mind of noted author and financial planning expert Mark Twain. We all are familiar with the vital, life-changing secret to financial success included in his seminal financial planning tome,

  3. Money Smart Week kicks off in Michigan

    Money Smart Week has kicked off here in Michigan and all over the country, giving us all ample opportunity to go and grab some financial literacy.

  4. Latest tax scam has me asking: Did you just get off the bus?

    The dumbest scam I've ever heard of involved a guy at New York's Port Authority bus station during the big bad decade of the 1980s.

    • 8:49 AM, Mar. 24, 2014

    Bikinis take a toll, but now my finances are all cleaned up

    Spring has officially sprung which, here in Michigan, means we peel down to just one layer of long underwear.

  5. Still stuck with a lousy boss? Well, let 'em eat cupcakes

    As we slowly crawl out from under the shadow of the recession — although, after four years of 'recovery' that shadow seems more like a total eclipse — hiring is slowly picking up.

  6. Frequent fliers: The trick for free air trips is buy, don't fly

    Delta Air Lines is overhauling its frequent-flier awards program, which means that high-pitched sound you hear at the airport isn't jet engines, but a bunch of business travelers wailing about the changes.

Personal Finance Editor & Columnist

Detroit News Finance Editor Brian O'Connor joined in The News in 2005. He is the winner of the inaugural Christopher H. Welles Memorial Prize for business writing from Columbia University, as well as a winner of the Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. O'Connor also is a two-time winner of the award for humor writing from the National Society of Newspaper columnists. A native Detroiter, he is a graduate of The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a 2001 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in business and economics.

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