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  • Watch out for the 'change my address' scam Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    It's one of the things you must do when you relocate—change your mailing address with the postal service—and private companies are charging up to $24 for what the USPS charges $1.

  • Who pays for college education? Not Mom and Dad Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 2:38 PM ET

    Scholarships and grants have trumped parental contributions as the No. 1 source of paying for college for the first time in four years, according to a new report.

  • 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.

  • What Six Flags death may mean for thrill-seekers Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 12:51 PM ET
    Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while on The Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas fell from the ride. Some witnesses said she wasn't properly secured.

    A fatal roller-coaster accident at Six Flags may keep consumers out of amusement parks this season.

  • 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.

  • Clothes not to die for: A push for ethical apparel Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
    Relatives of workers who died in April in the collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory gathered to demonstrate.

    It's not easy to find ethically sourced clothing, but continuing pressure from consumers and new factory evaluation methods could change that.

  • 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.

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