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  • Housing: Should you stay or should you go? Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    Rising mortgage rates may soon lead potential homebuyers to think twice before signing contracts. But rushing to sell midsummer may be tricky.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Skechers sends out $40 million in refund checks Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 8:33 AM ET

    More than half a million checks are in the mail to people who bought toning shoes from Skechers USA. The $40 million payout is part of a settlement reached with the FTC.

  • 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.

  • For part-time workers, here's a financial toolkit Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    The latest jobs report showed that 8.2 million Americans are working part time for economic reasons. An additional 19 million are working part time for other reasons.

  • As Congress debates food stamp cuts, working poor worry Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    The complicated calculus of financial survival for the working poor means any cuts to the food stamp program would be felt well beyond the grocery checkout line.

  • Is your state flunking financial education? Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 11:27 AM ET

    A new study ranks states' efforts to provide financial education in high school, and the results aren't pretty. Check your state's grade here.

  • 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.

  • Most expensive colleges, any way you slice it Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 2:38 PM ET

    A new survey counting the all-in cost of college—tuition, room and board, fees and pizza—has a surprising school in the No. 1 slot.

  • Dreams delayed: Young people put off parenthood Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    Hobbled by student loan debt and a weak job market, many young adults wonder if they'll ever be comfortable enough financially to have kids.

  • 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.

  • 'Vampire' Modems, Routers Waste $1 Billion a Year Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Modems and routers are bigger energy hogs than laptops and cell phone chargers. On a national scale, it’s pretty staggering: $1 billion a year in electricity.

  • 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.

  • *Sigh* What's happening to the American Dream? Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Mary Conti sorts through her daughter's princess dresses before listing them for sale on a consignment website. Conti thinks it's still possible to climb the economic ladder, but it takes both luck and hard work.

    The economy is slowly improving, but experts say the deep recession and weak recovery may have exacerbated trends that are putting the American Dream out of reach.

  • Do Trendy 'Cleanses' Help or Harm the Body? Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 6:18 PM ET

    Consumers say drinking cleansing products makes them feel great, but experts warn there is no proof they work and can even be dangerous, according to a report on TODAY Monday.

  • What Doubling of Student Loan Rates Means For You Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 4:59 PM ET
    Interns from around the city protest near the Senate steps to urge the Senate to act on a House passed bill, Smarter Solutions for Students Act, which would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

    Congress failed to reach a deal on student loans. Some federal student loans doubled to nearly 7 percent. Here are some points to consider about the student loan rate increase.

  • Paid Time Off: You Should Use It or Lose It Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Many companies now offer paid time off instead of a set number of vacation and sick days. It's easier for employers and workers, but can make it hard to hold on to unused time off.

  • Plan to Pay More for Your Fourth of July Barbecue Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    Some of the favorite foods for your Fourth of July barbecue—burgers, steaks, chicken and fresh fruit—will cost you more than last year. Blame last summer’s drought.

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