Social media changes the world of barter, and one mom gets a PlayStation 2, clothes and toys for $45.
It's important that you don't out-think yourself by getting a gift that ends up costing somebody money down the road.
More kids are asking Santa for necessities rather than toys. The requests show that the recession isn't over for many families.
New giver carries on tradition of giving $100 bills to strangers in Kansas City, Mo. A small act of kindness inspired the original Santa.
Retailers are using shipping deals to compete for shoppers. Most deadlines are this week for delivery by Dec. 24.
More employers plan to reward workers with gifts, bonuses and parties. But some are more generous than others.
With constant updates on social media, who needs an end-of-year message? Yet some folks see hope for paper cards.
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