Wearing a protective suit or mask, donning rubber gloves and carrying around a respirator may seem like smart ways to protect against Ebola but saving your money will always be the better option.

There’s no doubt Ebola fear is spreading like wildfire, prompting many to stock up on so-called protective gear. But unless you are in close contact with an Ebola victim your chances of contracting the deadly virus are slim.

“There’s nothing you need to do to stay safe from Ebola,” says Michael Smith, chief medical editor at WebMD. “There are certainly things you need to do to stay safe from infections that kill far more people, like the flu.”

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Halloween shopping may be a hair-raising experience, but the latest Money Matters Report has tips on how you can save money. NY1s Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.

Want to hear something really scary? The National Retail Federation is predicting well spend $7.4 billion on Halloween this year. Thats about $77 per person.

If that thought makes you white as a ghost, keep in mind that there are ways to scare up some savings. For one thing, wait.

What we typically see is that prices will go down deeper and deeper and deeper as we get closer to the Halloween holiday, says Trae Bodge, senior lifestyle editor with retailmenot.com.

Of course, you also run the risk...

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The King George Board of Supervisors recently decided how it will spend tourism money. The decisions come after several members said, in August, that they didnt want droves of people coming to their county.

The board approved $89,000 in expenditures, ranging from ballfield improvements to a quarterly newsletter. County Attorney Eric Gregory said all the expenses fit the states definition of how tourism taxes should be spent.

The discussion came about because Supervisor Ruby Brabo had chastised fellow board members for not spending tourism tax money on initiatives that enhance tourism, as the law dictates.

King George charges a transient...

The following items were taken from Grayslake police reports.

A 22-year-old Grayslake man was arrested on Sept. 11 at 4:23 pm in the 100 block of Crisfield Drive and charged with burglary from a vehicle, credit card fraud, felony identity theft over $300, felony theft over $500.

A 24-year-old Hainesville man was arrested on Sept. 24 at 12:34 pm in the 100 block of Tall Oak Drive in Hainesville and charged with driving on a suspended license.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If your kids are chattering non-stop about things like emeralds, pickaxes and creepers, you may have a unique opportunity to turn a video game addiction into a life lesson about money.

Minecraft, a video game phenomenon with over 100 million users, is such a hot property that Microsoft Corp recently forked out $2.5 billion for its maker, Mojang AB.

Players build their own worlds via game systems, smartphones, tablets and computers using virtual Lego-like pieces. And as opposed to the shoot-em-up video games that kids usually gravitate toward, this game teaches them about money.

It is about barter, about value, about how to protect your stuff,...

DALLAS, Oct. 14, 2014 – GOBankingRates client RBFCU, Texas’ second-largest credit union, has expanded into the Dallas area with the opening of three new branch locations serving Frisco, Plano and Allen, Texas. This expansion is the latest development in five years of steady growth for the credit union, during which it increased its membership by 60 percent to more than 475,000 and grew its assets by 75 percent.

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These new branches are the first of several ongoing expansions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We’re excited to be able to bring RBFCU to the Dallas area,” said Christopher W. O’Connor, president...

Digital distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a new service that gives all TuneCore-associated artists a way to further monetize their recordings on YouTube. According to TuneCore, artists choose which tracks they want to monitor, and the company collects a percentage of advertising revenue for those videos on their behalf. Earnings are deposited in the same TuneCore account as revenue from music distribution and songwriter royalties.

Artists can utilize YouTube Money to monetize any video that uses their sound, including user-generated or other non-owned content outside of their YouTube channel. Artists can opt out their channels if they want and accounts...

Telemundos latest campaign, “Conversemos de Tus Finanzas, is meant to empower Hispanics to reach their financial goals and knowledge.

 

The six-week initiative is based on Wells Fargos “Conversations” platform, featuring money management content, informational segments and more. Segments shown include, Un Nuevo Día, Al Rojo Vivo and Noticiero Telemundo, which will expand on valuable financial information.

 

“At Telemundo, we are dedicated to empowering Hispanics, and our collaboration with Wells Fargo is a unique and innovative way to connect with our audience to encourage them to reach their economic goals, said Executive Vice President...

To avoid any misunderstanding, Jonathan Warrenfeltz broadcast his status in life with big tattooed letters emblazoned across his forehead: Misunderstood.

And the word was there in all its glory when, police said, Warrenfeltz and a companion robbed five beachgoers at gunpoint in Dania Beach. In fact, the tattoo was how the victims readily identifed the ex-convict as their assailant.

The suspects also made a wrong turn during their getaway, and left a trail of stolen items behind. They were in custody within 30 minutes.

Warrenfeltz, 24, Fort Lauderdale, and Joshua Zeaya, 23, no known address, were held without bond Wednesday on five counts each of robbery with a firearm....