The Short Answer: Quick Reader Questions of 2010
The Short Answer: Quick Reader Questions of 2010
on December 28, 2010

As the year winds down, we catch up on our readers’ questions – especially the short ones.

It’s Official: The Word of the Year is “Austerity”
It’s Official: The Word of the Year is “Austerity”
on December 27, 2010

How do you know 2010 was a rough year? Check out the words we looked up in the dictionary the past 12 months.

How to Take Quality Pictures With Your Phone
on December 23, 2010

The phone on your camera might just be all you need to take the pictures you want – as long as you pair it with some free software.

New Year’s Resolutions 2011: Richer or Skinnier?
New Year’s Resolutions 2011: Richer or Skinnier?
on December 23, 2010

Next month, nearly half of all Americans say they’ll make resolutions to get both financially and physically fit – but most expect to fail at one of them.

Gas Prices Going Up Again – and This Time, They Might Not Come Down
Gas Prices Going Up Again – and This Time, They Might Not Come Down
on December 23, 2010

Gas prices usually spike during the summer driving season, not in December. But right now, a gallon has risen to $3 a gallon in some parts of the country. What’s going on here?

Consumer Reports Studies Women’s Underwear
Consumer Reports Studies Women’s Underwear
on December 22, 2010

What happens when the famed research center studies women’s underwear with the same scientific rigor that it does cars and appliances?

What Women REALLY Think About Shopping – and Showering
What Women REALLY Think About Shopping – and Showering
on December 22, 2010

Sometimes, research surveys can be both amusing and enlightening. Like these two about women’s thoughts about shopping and showering.

3 Tips for Holiday Tipping
3 Tips for Holiday Tipping
on December 21, 2010

It’s stressful enough (and expensive enough) just buying holiday gifts. But what about tipping all the people who provide you a service throughout the year? Here’s how to offer great gratuities without going broke.

Return Policies Hard to Locate This Holiday Season
Return Policies Hard to Locate This Holiday Season
on December 21, 2010

The Internet is convenient for holiday shopping, but it may be less so for returning unwanted gifts. Many big retailers hide their return policies, while some don’t list it at all. Others don’t allow gifts purchased online to be returned to a bricks-and-mortar store, and vice versa.

Coming Soon: Wallets That Stop You From Overspending
on December 21, 2010

Researchers at MIT have invented wallets that buzz, bloat. and lock up – all in an attempt to keep you from going broke.

10 Tips for the Sleep-Deprived
on December 20, 2010

Bosses should be losing sleep over a new study that shows 85 percent of office workers said they’d be more productive if only they could get more sleep. Here’s 10 ways they could.

My Fail-Safe Method For Getting Away with “Re-Gifting” This Holiday Season
My Fail-Safe Method For Getting Away with “Re-Gifting” This Holiday Season
on December 17, 2010

More than half of all American “re-gift.” The other half? Probably afraid of getting caught. But here’s a proven technique for not getting busted – and even getting patted on the back

Holiday Spending Up, But So Are Last-Minute Gifts
Holiday Spending Up, But So Are Last-Minute Gifts
on December 16, 2010

With only one big shopping weekend left before Christmas, only 2 in 10 Americans have finished their holiday shopping. The rest? Eh, they’re not worried…

3 Golden Rules for Selling Your Gold Jewelry and Coins
3 Golden Rules for Selling Your Gold Jewelry and Coins
on December 16, 2010

If you own gold jewelry or coins and want to sell, be careful: Scams abound. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get tarnished in a gold transaction.

Take a Memo: More Secretaries to be Hired in 2011?
on December 15, 2010

While the experts are generally skeptical about the employment picture for next year, at least one new report says secretaries should find more work in 2011.

3 Ways Women Can Drive a Hard Bargain at the Car Dealership
3 Ways Women Can Drive a Hard Bargain at the Car Dealership
on December 15, 2010

Everyone knows that car dealers take advantage of women shoppers during negotiations, right? Wrong, says new research. Women often get the exact same price.

What Do 8-Year-Olds Want to Buy?
What Do 8-Year-Olds Want to Buy?
on December 14, 2010

In a new poll about brand names, children rated the brands that mean the most to them. Some are easy to guess. Others are shocking.

Would You Spend $1,500 to See a College Football Game?
Would You Spend $1,500 to See a College Football Game?
on December 14, 2010

College football fans who want to attend their school’s bowl games are going to pay pay mightily for their loyalty.

9 Ways to Shop Safely Online This Holiday Season
9 Ways to Shop Safely Online This Holiday Season
on December 14, 2010

Don’t let phishers, hackers, and scammers take advantage of your holiday good will this Christmas season. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Home Values Plummet, But Opinions about Home Ownership Don’t
Home Values Plummet, But Opinions about Home Ownership Don’t
on December 13, 2010

The housing crisis has taken its toll on homeowners – but not, apparently, on our opinion about home ownership. Not yet, anyway.

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