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Many people would cut back on life insurance after financial setback, a poll finds. Others wouldn't dream of cutting any insurance.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 23, 2011 5:38PM

This post comes from Emmet Pierce at partner site on MSN MoneyWhen asked where they would be most likely to cut insurance coverage during difficult economic times, a large share of MSN Money readers said they would choose their life insurance policies.

In a recent joint poll for MSN Money and that drew 10,391 responses, people were asked which type of insurance they would be most willing to trim to make ends meet. Responses were as follows:


Expect longer waits for iPads and other goods reliant on Japanese manufacturing.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 23, 2011 9:56AM

This Deal of the Day comes from Kelli B. Grant at partner site SmartMoney.


As Northern Japan begins rebuilding, auto and electronics companies around the world are only starting to figure out how the radical disruption will affect inventories. And while the situation is still in flux, one thing seems clear: Consumers will pay higher prices for some Japanese goods -- if they can buy them at all.


It's difficult to comparison shop on the price of a hotel room if there are fees you didn't anticipate.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 23, 2011 9:02AM

This post comes from Kentin Waits at partner blog Wise Bread.


As individual and corporate travelers watch their budgets more carefully, hotels are getting more creative in their quests to maintain profits. A thorough fleecing at your favorite hotel chain is enough to ruin an otherwise great trip and take your travel budget from black to red.


Here are some tips to make sure you get the most from your hotel stay.


Ever wonder whether the soda can really clean a toilet bowl or remove grease stains? A blogger puts it to the test.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 22, 2011 4:17PM

This guest post comes from Casey Slide at Money Crashers.


Since I enjoy using grocery coupons, I usually end up with a surplus of Coca-Cola in my home. While I'm usually brand-blind when it comes to carbonated beverages and usually buy generics, some would argue that Coca-Cola is the ultimate brand. And since I live in Atlanta, it's basically a sin to buy anything other than Coke.


I get it at a decent price, and it is by far my husband's favorite beverage, so I stock up when I see deals. But I don't drink a lot of soda, so I'm in search of some practical uses for Coca-Cola so I can get a little more value out of my purchase.


Not really, but reports indicate more Americans are being threatened with jail -- or jailed -- for failing to pay their bills.

By doubleace Mar 22, 2011 1:00PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

The United States does not have debtors prisons, per se -- they effectively were outlawed in 1833 -- but you can still go to jail for failure to pay your debts.

Surprised? You wouldn't be if you thought about it for a bit. Judges occasionally jail a parent who fails to pay court-ordered child support, but only after going to considerable effort to extract the money in other ways, and usually only if the courts believe the parent can afford to pay.

And there are still "pay the fine or …" judgments, although community service in lieu of slammer time is the preferred option these civilized days.

Popping up more often, however, are cases where people go to jail for failure to pay their personal debts to businesses.


Now that you're back from an expensive vacation, here are 15 tips you can use to save money on campus.

By Stacy Johnson Mar 22, 2011 11:38AM

This post comes from Dan Schointuch at partner site Money Talks News.


Spring break is usually the one week a year when you have the most fun -- and spend the most money. But now that it's over and you're ready to hit the books again, don't worry about how broke you are.

Here are 15 tips to save a little money and recoup some of the cost -- without putting a damper on your quality of life.


I don't care what you spend your money on, and neither should anyone else.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 22, 2011 10:51AM

This post comes from J.D. Roth at partner blog Get Rich Slowly.


The other day, as I was otherwise occupied (I spent five hours writing a post about programmable thermostats, a post nobody will even like!), the conversation on Donna Freedman's article got a little cranky. Donna wrote about pinching pennies on some things so that she could splurge on others. In Donna's case, that meant a trip to England.


Tyler K., who's always a little cranky, wrote in response:

I'm just waiting for the post where someone's passion, the thing they're willing to scrimp on everything else so that they can afford, is a Range Rover. Or anything else but travel, really. … It'd be fantastic to see someone write about not going to Europe so they could buy a luxury SUV….

Prices are expected to rise if the merger goes through. But dodging higher costs will be easy.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 22, 2011 9:34AM

This Deal of the Daycomes fromKelli B. Grantat partner site SmartMoney.


Long an afterthought of the wireless industry, prepaid cell phones may finally get a push into the mainstream from an unlikely catalyst: AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile.


Analysts widely expect that the merger, if it goes through, will result in higher prices for wireless customers on the major carriers, most of whom sign a one- or two-year contract in exchange for a highly discounted phone.


But that throws open the door for prepaid and pay-as-you-go services, which are already considerably cheaper:



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