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Feb 3, 2011 12:57PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

The sexiest way to save on Valentine's Day? Do the seemingly impossible: Spend less and get more.

Feb 2, 2011 2:52PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

In the never-ending debate over buying vs. leasing cars, leasing still loses. Here's why buying is usually better, some exceptions, and my ideal solution.

Feb 2, 2011 11:37AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

More people have learned that premium gas has no benefit for cars that don't require it. But even when it's recommended, you still may not need it.

Feb 2, 2011 10:56AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

It used to be that the only thing a bank or other potential lender would look at before deciding whether to offer you credit was your credit report and score. Not anymore.

Jan 28, 2011 1:33PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

Many are fine to use as guidance, as long as you understand the inherent limitations.

Jan 26, 2011 12:18PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

While housing prices are still dropping, mortgage rates are creeping up. How high will they go this year?

Jan 21, 2011 5:52PM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

Suppose you're choosing between 2 cars. One qualifies for free gasoline for life, while the other requires you to pay $10 or more per fill-up. Which would you buy?

Jan 8, 2011 10:26AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

The Consumer Price Index is the way the government measures rising prices. But what's your personal inflation rate?

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