Some Banks Now Offering Free, Genuine FICO Scores
Some Banks Now Offering Free, Genuine FICO Scores

on November 11, 2013

Yes, it’s a real score, and updated every month. Why isn’t every bank doing this?

Report: President Obama Wants to Raise Minimum Wage to $10
Report: President Obama Wants to Raise Minimum Wage to $10

on November 8, 2013

Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over two years. Apparently it has the president’s support.

Mental Health Will Get Same Co-Pays and Deductibles As Other Treatments
Mental Health Will Get Same Co-Pays and Deductibles As Other Treatments

on November 8, 2013

Insurers warn that the new federal rule could push premiums up, but for those with mental illness it may mean greater access and better treatment.

Credit Reports Now Show More Details About Your Spending Habits
Credit Reports Now Show More Details About Your Spending Habits

on November 8, 2013

The change won’t affect your credit scores, but it will reveal to lenders whether you carry a balance or pay off your credit card bills each month.

FDA: Even a Tiny Bit of Trans Fat is Dangerous
FDA: Even a Tiny Bit of Trans Fat is Dangerous

on November 7, 2013

Trans fat may soon be banned from processed foods altogether.

Consumer Reports: These Popular Cars Aren’t Safe Enough
Consumer Reports: These Popular Cars Aren’t Safe Enough

on November 7, 2013

The site no longer recommends four models based on recent safety tests. Do you drive one of these?

Child Care: More Costly Than College?
Child Care: More Costly Than College?

on November 7, 2013

A new report finds that in many states, a year of college at a public school is cheaper than a year of infant child care.

Median Wage Hovering Near 15-Year Low
Median Wage Hovering Near 15-Year Low

on November 7, 2013

Last year, half of American workers made less than $27,519, about what they made in 1998. Meanwhile, the number of workers making at least $5 million grew nearly 27 percent.

Herbal Supplements? Some Are Just Rice and Weeds
Herbal Supplements? Some Are Just Rice and Weeds

on November 7, 2013

DNA testing showed that many herbal supplements don’t contain even a hint of the herbs they claim to.

The Countries Where Men Do More Around the House
The Countries Where Men Do More Around the House

on November 7, 2013

Data show that households in several European countries divide housework up more fairly than those in the U.S. do.

Spirit Airlines Is Considering a New Kind of Checked-Bag Fee
Spirit Airlines Is Considering a New Kind of Checked-Bag Fee

on November 5, 2013

The airline may end up charging more or less for bags depending on how full the flight is. It hasn’t made a decision, or said how much rates could vary.

Some Amazon Reviewers Don’t Pay for the Stuff They Review
Some Amazon Reviewers Don’t Pay for the Stuff They Review

on November 5, 2013

Amazon organizes getting a bunch of free stuff for its top reviewers in exchange for their opinions about products. Does that affect how you look at the site’s reviews?

Facebook May Start Tracking Your Cursor
Facebook May Start Tracking Your Cursor

on November 5, 2013

The company is testing technology that could literally monitor and record your every move on its website. And at least one other company already does.

Which Loyalty Programs Are Worth It?
Which Loyalty Programs Are Worth It?

on November 4, 2013

Not all rewards programs have worthwhile perks. Here are a few Consumer Reports considers good. Which ones do you think are worth it?

Tax the Well-to-Do More for Social Security, Many Older Americans Say
Tax the Well-to-Do More for Social Security, Many Older Americans Say

on November 4, 2013

There’s a lot of support to raise the cap on how much income can be taxed for Social Security. What do you think?

Most Americans Must Now Pay Sales Tax on Amazon Purchases
Most Americans Must Now Pay Sales Tax on Amazon Purchases

on November 4, 2013

Consumers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Wisconsin are the latest to be hit with an Amazon sales tax. Other states will be affected next year. Does it make you want to shop there less?

Like Chicken Nuggets? Don’t Read This
Like Chicken Nuggets? Don’t Read This

on November 1, 2013

Researchers put chicken nuggets from 2 fast-food chains under the microscope and found some interesting stuff.

Need an Excuse to Eat That Halloween Candy? We Can Help
Need an Excuse to Eat That Halloween Candy? We Can Help

on November 1, 2013

Some candies are less bad for you than others. Honest.

Coming Soon: You Can Leave Your Electronics on During Takeoff and Landing
Coming Soon: You Can Leave Your Electronics on During Takeoff and Landing

on November 1, 2013

Each airline will implement the change separately, but by next year you should be able to use your electronics during takeoff. Finally!

Study: Millennials Need at Least $1.6 Million to Retire
Study: Millennials Need at Least $1.6 Million to Retire

on October 31, 2013

If you’re part of the generation born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, this is depressing. But there are lessons to take heart from.

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