Charity should be measured more by restored lives than good intentions, some experts suggest. Perhaps we should be going about 'helping' differently.
The struggling economy did much to boost the popularity of gift cards, once a last-minute go-to present. For recipients, the cards became licenses to spend on luxuries they had denied themselves.
A writer of gift guides gives her pick of useful, gender-neutral and fun finds for holiday giving, starting at $30.
Surveys suggest we're spending carefully -- and that many of this year's tokens of affection will be handmade, partly to save money.
If you are Santa in the stores and Pinocchio at home, you are hardly alone. Here's how to keep the peace and enjoy the season.
Consumers who know in advance that they will rack up credit card debt during the holidays might want to consider a looking for promotional financing now. A better plan: Spend what you can pay in full each month.
Two major retailers have already come out with their lists of must-have playthings. Early warnings are just one of the changes in the way we shop.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's complaint database highlights the worst problems people have with collectors.
Even when they have a plan for their refund check from Uncle Sam, Americans often don't realize how they actually spend the windfall.
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