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  • There's the beach, and here you are on your laptop Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 12:07 PM ET

    Almost two thirds of Americans plan to work during vacation this year, up from 52 percent a year ago, according to a new survey. Here's why.

  • How to earn a degree without breaking the bank Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    Grants and scholarships are taking a leading role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents long have played in helping foot the bills.

  • Are 'no contract' wireless plans a good choice? Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 6:08 AM ET

    If you're a gadget lover who always wants the latest smartphone, then you should consider a "no-contract" wireless plan.

  • What's the magic retirement withdrawal number? Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 1:16 PM ET

    Should you take 3% from your retirement each year? 4%? More? It depends on how much your savings will earn, how long you live, and changing inflation, so start calculating now.

  • Student-loan rates at 9%: That's a better deal? Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 11:36 AM ET

    A Senate proposal would cut rates for now, though borrowers would probably pay more in the future.

  • Hate robocalls? Here's how you can block them Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | 8:00 AM ET
    Software developer Aaron Foss, who won the FTC'S RoboCall Challenge in April, plans to offer a free blocking service soon.

    A senator wants to know why telecoms aren't doing more to block robocalls. She chastised them for not using filtering technology similar to what's already working in Canada.

  • To get a raise next year, work harder Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 12:16 PM ET

    Pay raises for 2014 will average 2.9 percent, according to a new Mercer study. But that may not be enough to offset higher costs for some workers.

  • McDonald's finance guide 'insulting' to workers Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 10:06 AM ET

    McDonald's workers have received a guide to personal finances that leaves some categories uncovered, such as food and heat. But $20 for monthly health care is included.

  • Here's how to pay less for gas as prices rise Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 3:05 PM ET

    Gas prices are up 14 cents in the past week, to an average $3.61 nationwide. We may see prices go even higher in the coming weeks, but there are ways to save.

  • No one is reading your emails? 10 tricks Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 12:19 PM ET

    No response to your email queries and reports? Try some of these tips for getting people to hit the "open" button.

  • The art of haggling: What have you got to lose? Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    Haggling doesn’t always work, but if you have the courage to try it, you might save some money or get something extra for your efforts.

  • Higher student loan rate may still be best option Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Students scrambling to find an alternative to the student loans that recently got a lot pricier may want to save their energy. Even at the higher rate, a Stafford loan is still a good deal.

  • Weak economy means fewer babies (for now) Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    Skye Pearce and Bryan Haas play with their dog, Lucky. The couple says the dog helps fill the void of not having kids.

    The fertility rate has fallen sharply since the nation went into recession in 2007. "When times are bad, births go down," one researcher said.

  • Didn't get a prenup? Try a postnup Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 7:05 AM ET

    Postnuptial agreements—similar to prenups, but for married couples—are on the rise, with growing acceptance and DOMA changing the marriage landscape.

  • Guzzling printers can waste $100 of ink a year Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 7:33 AM ET

    Some printers gobble a significant amount of ink—50 percent or more—for nonprinting functions such as cleaning the print heads, according to Consumer Reports.

  • Switching to gas appliances could cut energy bills Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 8:38 AM ET

    Low natural gas prices could help cut the energy bills of consumers who ditch their electric appliances in favor of those that use gas. But savings may be slim for some.

  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: A Financial Game Changer Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | 2:38 PM ET
    Hundreds of people gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013 in anticipation of the ruling on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t just an emotional victory for same-sex spouses. It’s a practical one that will usher in a sea change and prompt lawsuits.

  • How Not to Get Cleaned Out in a Hurricane Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 8:01 AM ET

    Hurricane season is here, and you have work to do with your homeowner's insurance. Insurers are seeking ways to limit their storm exposure.

  • Despite Fed, Cost of Consumer Borrowing Could Rise Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 12:47 PM ET

    The Fed will keep the federal funds rate unchanged, but that doesn't mean consumers will get the same rates on credit cards, student loans, mortgages and other financial products.

  • When Bipolar Disorder Leads to Extreme Shopping Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 10:49 AM ET

    Sufferers of the illness, which afflicts 5.7 million Americans, often blow their savings on trips, jewels, even real-estate.

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