Tipping traditions are all over the map, from beer for the garbage man to wads of cash for the doorman.
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Even those who don't like to shop are probably hitting the stores this month. Here's what to be on the lookout for and here's what to avoid.
A survey suggests most workers will be checking for deals online during work hours today. Also: the odds that you'll be caught doing it.
Is it possible that less shopping can result in more joy? Families that have stopped exchanging presents say that it is. They tell how and why they gave up the holiday tradition.
Saving money isn't all that drives legions of shoppers to jam the malls. Know what's motivating you and whether you want to fight back or happily surrender.
While gift cards may seem a bit impersonal, they're very welcome gifts, and a huge majority of shoppers plan to buy them. Here's how to dress them up for presentation.
OSHA recently released a list of ways retailers can maintain order on Black Friday. Some stores will also implement more subtle methods of crowd control in the name of profits.
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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.
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Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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