7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic
7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic
on September 9, 2010

You know that generic products are cheaper than name-brand ones, but are you clinging to the belief they’re also inferior? Here are some where we challenge you to discern the difference.

Vacation Houses At Hotel Room Prices
Vacation Houses At Hotel Room Prices
on September 8, 2010

Here’s a creative way to have more fun on your next vacation – instead of renting a cramped, cookie-cutter hotel room, rent a private home.

The Research Has It Wrong – Don’t Make the Same Mistake
The Research Has It Wrong – Don’t Make the Same Mistake
on September 8, 2010

A new poll claims that if given one wish, Americans would rather be richer than thinner, smarter, or even younger. Another study claims happiness comes from a $75,000 salary. Hogwash – here’s why.

Victory For Women’s Rights – Ladies Night Remains Legal
Victory For Women’s Rights – Ladies Night Remains Legal
on September 6, 2010

Is it fair for women to get preferential treatment in bars? Proof that some lawyers have too much time on their hands.

UPDATE: Outrage Over the Most Outrageous Fee Ever
UPDATE: Outrage Over the Most Outrageous Fee Ever
on September 6, 2010

A fee that lasts 99 years? Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones really upset about it. The “capital recovery fee” is becoming increasingly illegal.

Convenience Checks: the Crack Cocaine of Credit?
Convenience Checks: the Crack Cocaine of Credit?
on September 3, 2010

They’re called “convenience checks,” but for the vast majority of recipients, there’s nothing convenient about them. For those who have a problem with debt, they’re temptation. For everyone else, they’re a nuisance.

4 Tips to Book the Right Travel Insurance
4 Tips to Book the Right Travel Insurance
on September 1, 2010

It seems logical to insure your luggage against loss and your vacation from cancellation due to illness. But if you don’t read the fine print, you’re sending your savings on a bad trip.

Saving Green: New Help to Save on Power
Saving Green: New Help to Save on Power
on September 1, 2010

If there’s one technology that hasn’t kept up with the times, it’s the analog power meter outside your house that tallies your energy consumption – and the paper bill you get in the mail. But that may be changing for the better.

Dying in Debt: Can You Take It With You?
Dying in Debt: Can You Take It With You?
on August 31, 2010

Think your debts are wiped out when you die? Think again. If you’re not careful, you could stick your survivors with a big bill.

6 Tips to Stretch Your Back-to-School Cash
6 Tips to Stretch Your Back-to-School Cash
on August 30, 2010

Parents will spend more this year than last on their schoolchildren. But will they spend it wisely? Here are some lessons that will help you score you an A+ in smart spending.

Credit Card Rates Creeping Higher
Credit Card Rates Creeping Higher
on August 28, 2010

By some measures, credit card interest rates are as high as they’ve been for 22 years. Here’s the reason – and what you can do about it.

Canine Cash: 5 Ways to Make Money With 4-Legged Friends
Canine Cash: 5 Ways to Make Money With 4-Legged Friends
on August 27, 2010

A pet project can fetch extra cash, or even lead you to a new career. Just ask dog walkers, pooper scoopers, and pet groomers – some make six figures.

Houses Now Selling for Less Than Used Cars
Houses Now Selling for Less Than Used Cars
on August 25, 2010

When the pendulum swings from overbought to oversold, bargains abound. It happened last year in the stock market, and it’s happening now in some housing markets. The case of the $19,000 condo.

How to Search Interest Rates – and Why You Should
How to Search Interest Rates – and Why You Should
on August 24, 2010

A single percentage point – say, getting 5% instead of 6% on a 30-year, $300,000 mortgage – can save you $67,000 over the life of the loan. Now we have tools that make the search simple.

Rent or Own Your Home? New Rules
Rent or Own Your Home? New Rules
on August 23, 2010

It used to be an easy decision – owning is better than renting. But after price declines greater than those suffered during the Great Depression, deciding whether to buy a home isn’t so simple. Here are the new rules.

Motorist’s Dream: Gas at 6 Cents a Gallon
Motorist’s Dream: Gas at 6 Cents a Gallon
on August 19, 2010

Worldwide gas prices range from a high of 10 bucks a gallon all the way down to six cents. Here’s a look at prices around the world, as well as how to find the best prices around your neighborhood.

It’s My Birthday – Walk With Me Down Memory Lane
It’s My Birthday – Walk With Me Down Memory Lane
on August 19, 2010

Check out a few news stories I’ve done over the years, and you’ll see that while my appearance has changed – a lot – the advice I gave on TV nearly 15 years ago is surprisingly relevant today.

Lower Rates Ahead? New CARD Act Provisions Kick in Sunday
Lower Rates Ahead? New CARD Act Provisions Kick in Sunday
on August 19, 2010

If your credit card’s interest rate has been increased since January 1, 2009, new rules require issuers to evaluate whether the reasons for the increase have changed and, if appropriate, to reduce the rate.

Ready, Set… Sue! Forced Arbitration Fading
Ready, Set… Sue! Forced Arbitration Fading
on August 18, 2010

You may not realize it, but you probably can’t sue your credit card company, along with a host of other businesses, ranging from your health club to your cell phone provider. But that may be ending – here’s why it matters.

5 Cheap Steps to Eliminate Mosquitoes
5 Cheap Steps to Eliminate Mosquitoes
on August 17, 2010

Mosquitoes can be a dangerous and obnoxious pest. But you can bug them as much as they bug you without putting the bite on your budget.

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