The average tab is now $1,078. Yes, really. But it doesn't have to be.
Daily deal sites can mean innovative, inexpensive outings -- and sometimes you can get a discount on your discount.
The week ahead will signal if the market has peaked or is just taking a breather. Earnings from Lennar, Walgreen and Paychex will help answer the question. So will reports on pending home sales and Chicago Purchasing Managers Index.
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A Michigan moviegoer's lawsuit over the high cost of food and drinks at theater concessions has put a spotlight on a favorite consumer gripe.
Reducing the cost of major bills like car insurance and cable TV is an easy and effective way to save money.
Some restaurants now ask for credit cards to confirm reservations -- and charge people if they don't show up for their dinner date.
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