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Here's how your mobile phone can help you shop this year.

By Karen Datko Nov 23, 2010 10:48AM

This post comes from Jennifer Waters at partner site MarketWatch.

 

If you want to be a smart shopper during the holidays, don't leave home without your smart phone.

Retailers have ramped up their Internet sites and interactive software to make it easier for mobile phone users to search for deals, find coupons and comparison shop. At the same time, software applications and social media have become feeding frenzies for consumers to share their finds, seek another opinion or just get directions.

 

Here are scammers' top online plans to steal your money or your identity this holiday season.

By Karen Datko Nov 23, 2010 9:51AM

This post comes from James Limbach at partner site ConsumerAffairs.com.

 

The Christmas shopping season is traditionally a boon to retailers and scammers alike.

 

McAfee, an Internet security firm, has revealed its "12 Scams of Christmas" -- the 12 most dangerous online scams that computer users should be cautious of this holiday season.

 

What's the potential cost to you if you decide not to fly or refuse to comply with new airport security measures?

By Karen Datko Nov 22, 2010 6:27PM

For many Americans, trips home for Thanksgiving will be their first experience with what critics are calling the new "legal gropings" at airport security checkpoints. And some travelers will be tempted to refuse and simply walk away.

 

Well, good luck with that. The TSA says you can't just leave. Once you've begun an airport security screening, you're obligated to go through with it -- or you could face a fine of up to $11,000.

 

There isn't just one day of deals anymore. Where to shop, when.

By Karen Datko Nov 22, 2010 3:05PM

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

 

Black Friday has traditionally been shoppers' big holiday shopping sprint. But Black Friday now lasts seven days -- and takes almost as much strategy and planning as the Thursday feast.

But as retailers prepare a full week of sales and stampedes, dedicated bargain hunters can be certain some days will yield better bargains than others. 

Fellow merchants keep store open while owner is treated for cancer: 'She would do it for anyone else.'

By Teresa Mears Nov 22, 2010 2:47PM

The drama "It's a Wonderful Life" played last week at the Kimball Street Theatre in Elgin, Ill.

 

A few blocks away, the merchants of Elgin, a suburb of Chicago, have been living their own version of the story about a small-town banker who learns the value of community. While Patricia Keeney undergoes cancer treatment, her fellow merchants are keeping Keeney's Sporting Goods and PK's Antiques open.

 

"Pat could use the help, and she would do it for anyone else," Karin Jones, one of the volunteers, told the Chicago Tribune.

 

My splurges are less than my income and I'm still meeting my financial goals -- but it troubles me that I don't know how much I'm spending.

By Karen Datko Nov 22, 2010 2:00PM

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

 

"You know, you've been spending a lot of money lately," Kris told me the other day. I'd just returned from yet another shopping trip to REI.

"I have?" I asked.

 

"Yes," she said. "Can't you tell?"

 

Actually, I guess I can.

 

A thick old-fashioned book is a surprise best-seller. Author discussed his money problems, among other issues, in the 738-page tome.

By Teresa Mears Nov 22, 2010 12:40PM

What holiday gift is so hot this year you might not be able to find one?

 

Hint: It's not electronic.

 

One of the top-selling items this holiday season is decidedly low-tech: a 738-page, $34.95 book, the "Autobiography of Mark Twain," The New York Times reports.

 

The Kardashian sisters may know their way around reality TV, but they apparently don't know the first thing about prepaid cards.

By Stacy Johnson Nov 22, 2010 11:52AM

This post comes from Michael Koretsky at partner site Money Talks News.

 

First, they were huge reality TV stars. Then the Kardashian sisters -- Kim, Kourtney and Khloé -- launched their own line of jewelry, several perfumes, a clothing boutique, and a workout DVD. And that was fine, because their fans (mostly young women) knew what they were buying, and at what price.

But their latest venture, the Kardashian Kard, is the worst idea since Kim's 2007 sex tape. While the Kardashians usually don't mind letting it all hang out on camera, their new prepaid debit card is downright shy when it comes to disclosing the myriad fees it contains. 

 

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