Introduce a touch of philanthropy to the annual hoops extravaganza.
Planning any March Madness parties? Mix a dose of kindness into your day(s) of sports worship.
People are in the mood to wager. So why not make some of those bets humanitarian in nature?
The credit card giant is moving into the lucrative US person-to-person payment market.
This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.
If the pie is tasty enough, everybody wants a slice.
MSNBC reported that Visa Personal Payment will work through Popmoney and ZashPay, which already provide electronic P2P, account transfer and bill payment services, to send money directly from the payer's bank to the receiving person's Visa credit card or debit card account.
Contrary to popular opinion, keeping them in the refrigerator is not the best answer.
Batteries vex consumers the same way tax returns do. Both represent a necessary evil: Just as we'll need to pay Uncle Sam his due in a few short weeks, we also consume 3 billion cells annually to run our toys, electronic games and digital gadgets. But given a choice, we'd rather not bother with them, right? Death, taxes and dead batteries -- what a trio of certainties for the Digital Age.
What's more, even rechargeable cells too often wind up in landfills, a real danger in the case of NiCd (nickel-cadmium) batteries -- banned in Europe because of the environmental hazards of cadmium. That also raises questions as to whether rechargeables are more economical than disposables, and how the two types split up market share these days.
Despite the economy, brides-to-be aren't willing to sacrifice luxury to save money on their big day. The average wedding cost $27,000 last year.
If you're hoping to get married on the cheap this year, avoid Manhattan. In fact, avoid much of the Northeast.
New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, and Vermont include some of the most expensive wedding settings in the country, according to The Knot Inc., which owns TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com.
The Irish holiday is fun and inexpensive to celebrate, and more Americans are joining in this year.
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, 52.4% of Americans will celebrate the Irish holiday, up from 45.2% last year and the most in the survey's eight-year history.
Penny auctions promise top-tier stuff at ultra-low prices. But the truth is complicated.
An iPad for $3.20? A designer handbag for $41.80? It is possible, due to a new and growing segment of online auctions. Yet it's not as likely -- or as cheap -- as sites would like you to think.
They're called "penny auction" sites, because bidding typically starts at zero and goes up by a penny, and in the last two years, they've moved from the novelty fringe firmly into mainstream.
U.S. public health officials say people here have no reason to worry about radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plants.
This post comes from Truman Lewis at partner site ConsumerAffairs.com.
Californians are fearful that damage to Japanese nuclear power plants will leave them dusted with harmful amounts of radiation. That's creating a land rush business for the few U.S. manufacturers of potassium iodide.
Writing 'Check ID' on the back won't help. Nor will buying credit card fraud insurance.
This post comes from Barbara Marquand at partner site IndexCreditCards.
Credit card fraud costs businesses billions of dollars and wreaks havoc in the lives of its victims, and the crime is on the rise. Ten million victims fell prey to identity thieves in 2008, up 22% from 2007, according to the most recent estimates available from Javelin Strategy & Research, a financial-services consulting firm.
Despite its rise, the crime and how to combat it are often misunderstood. Here are five credit card fraud myths:
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