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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.

By Stacy Johnson Mar 17, 2011 5:28PM

This post comes from Karla Bowsher at partner site Money Talks News.

 

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.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 17, 2011 11:54AM

This post comes from Jeanine Skowronski at partner site MainStreet.

 

More Americans plan on celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year, a small splurge that will collectively create a nice boost in sales for retailers.

 

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.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 17, 2011 10:43AM

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

 

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.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 17, 2011 9:05AM

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.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 16, 2011 5:47PM

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:

 

In case of a disaster, a federal law in place for more than 50 years offers homeowners protection.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 16, 2011 5:10PM

This post comes from Michele Lerner at partner site Insurance.com.

 

Insurance.com on MSN MoneyAn anxious world continues to wait and worry as Japan tries to fend off meltdowns at nuclear power plants that failed in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami.

 

If a similar disaster were to strike the United States and your home became uninhabitable for a brief time -- or forever -- due to radiation, would your home insurance cover the claim?

 

Progressive is the latest auto insurer to ask customers to put monitoring devices in their vehicles. Privacy advocates are yelping. This driver thinks the idea should be taken even further.

By doubleace Mar 16, 2011 4:15PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

 

The folks at auto insurance giant Progressive have rolled out a nationwide advertising campaign for their Snapshot program, which monitors how their customers brake and how far and when they drive.

 

Tailgating them are privacy guardians, who can't find anything wrong with the voluntary program but worry aloud that, like candy cigarettes, this could be a threshold product that leads to future abuses. 

 

Credit and charge cards that have no preset spending limit aren't really a license to charge as much as you'd like, and they can damage your credit score.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 16, 2011 2:10PM

This post comes from Odysseas Papadimitriou of CardHub.com.

To some people, the idea of a credit card that allows unlimited spending might sound too good to be true. To many others, it sounds too good to pass up. And to credit card companies, the illusion of a limitless spending vehicle is an extremely lucrative one. 

 

It is therefore obvious why consumers are generally confused about the existence of such a credit card and why issuers are making no move to clear up this uncertainty. 

 

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