Michael De Groote
I am a staff writer for the Deseret News. My current beat is financial responsibility. I also occasionally write on other topics such as faith. I graduated from Arizona State University and from J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. My professional background also includes advertising, video production, marketing and public relations. I worked for the Salt Lake Chamber as Director of Communication and Marketing before joining the Deseret News in April 2008.

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People have so many clothes they sometimes don't know what to do with them. But cutting back on fast fashion and focusing on quality and classic styles can save money and make life easier.
More Americans believe this is the best time to find a quality job since anytime before the recession.
Menus at restaurants are full of clever ways to get people to spend more money and to buy the most profitable items.
Baby boomers and millennials have had different experiences in the recovery from the recession.
Casinos are a favorite stop for seniors and can build their sense of control and self-concept. But are there other problems with gambling that should be considered?
The surge in part-time jobs — both voluntary and "involuntary" — is not necessarily a good sign for the economy.
Robbers at gas stations and convenience stores could learn something from many American employers about how to make money against the law. Wage and overtime violations by employers cost Americans billions.
Ikea at first tried to shut down the website of one of its biggest fans, but now is backing down. Maybe.
Student loan debt can be a binding chain on financial success, but there are ways to tackle the loans that can give people hope.
Hotels can be the most expensive item in a vacation, but there are ways to lessen the impact and save cash this summer.