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  • Cities, states tax vacationers to boost revenue Saturday, 27 Jul 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    Getting a bargain vacation isn't just about finding the best rates. More states and cities are hiking taxes tourists pay for hotels and car rentals.

  • Would you pay to use Twitter? Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 4:54 PM ET

    Would you pay to use micro-blogging site Twitter? If yes, how much would you pay per month?

  • Gandolfini's will a case study on what not to do Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 6:22 AM ET

    James Gandolfini, the late actor, appears to have made some key mistakes with his estate planning. Here's how to avoid the same minefields.

  • What's more feared than death? Long-term care Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 11:15 AM ET

    More middle-age workers fear the financial consequences of a critical illness than fear dying from that illness, but few are preparing for that possibility, a survey finds.

  • Hotel guest satisfaction hits 7-year high: Survey Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 10:34 AM ET
    The traditional mint on the pillow is just the beginning of amenties offered today’s hotel guests.

    Those staying in hotels this year are happier with their visit than they have been in the past 7 years. Here are tips to make you even more satisfied.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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