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5 Grocery Shopping Apps That Can Save You Time and Money

5 Grocery Shopping Apps That Can Save You Time and Money

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The editors of Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart magazine took the time to test and try different programs and separated the good from the bad.
“Download a few convenient apps that can help you save big on …

Ice Cream On-Demand and Other Heat Wave Promos

Ice Cream On-Demand and Other Heat Wave Promos

Stephen Mallon/Taxi(NEW YORK) — As temperatures soar past 90 degrees in cities across the U.S., companies are offering ways to cool down with freebies and promotions.
Some of these deals are expiring soon, so be sure to read the fine print, get in whi…

5 Tips to Save Big on Car Rentals

5 Tips to Save Big on Car Rentals

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Good Morning America Friday, ABC News’ Becky Worley offered up some suggestions for how to save big on car rentals. Here are a few more tips.
1. Check blind booking sites like Hotwire and Priceline.
They…

Waffle Ratings: Best Also Cheapest

Waffle Ratings: Best Also Cheapest

Photodisc(NEW YORK) — Just in time for a sunny summer holiday weekend, Consumer Reports tested 12 frozen waffles and waffle mixes, selecting Aunt Jemima Original Pancake & Waffle Mix, the least expensive, as the best-tasting.
In its August issue, …

USDA: Possible to Feed Family of Four for Less Than $300 a Week

USDA: Possible to Feed Family of Four for Less Than $300 a Week

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — How much does it cost to feed a family of four — and make sure that everyone is eating healthy food? Less than you might think, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture.
The USDA’s new program, My …

Mega-Commuting Could Hit Your Wallet Hard

Mega-Commuting Could Hit Your Wallet Hard

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SUITLAND, Md.) — The Census Bureau has dubbed nearly 600,000 workers who have one-way commutes of at least 90 minutes and travel 50 miles or more “mega-commuters” in their annual American Community Survey released …

IRS Says Sequester Won’t Delay Tax Refunds, May Mean Fewer Audits

IRS Says Sequester Won’t Delay Tax Refunds, May Mean Fewer Audits

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Here’s some welcome sequester news for a change:  The Internal Revenue Service says those across-the-board automatic spending cuts will not delay processing of individual income tax refunds, and may …

Food Stamps for Pets?

Food Stamps for Pets?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When man falls on hard times, what’s his best friend to do?A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who other…

Nearly Half of Americans Have More Credit Card Debt Than Savings

Nearly Half of Americans Have More Credit Card Debt Than Savings

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Only 55 percent of Americans have more in emergency savings than they have in credit card debt, according to a survey by Bankrate.com.This is the third time Bankrate.com has asked survey participants which they hold …

Indiana Hairstylist Wins Lottery; Court Battle Follows

Indiana Hairstylist Wins Lottery; Court Battle Follows

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Millions of Americans dream of winning the lottery.  An Indianapolis hairstylist says she did — and now she’s being hauled into court by seven of her friends.Eight stylists from Lou’s Creativ…

How to Save Money on Family Movie Night

How to Save Money on Family Movie Night

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Treating yourself or the family to a night of entertainment can be a pricey venture, but there are ways to keep more money in your wallet.The average American family spends $1,367 per year on fees and admissions. Spendin…

FTC Advises Consumers to Keep Eye Out for Unauthorized Credit Charges

FTC Advises Consumers to Keep Eye Out for Unauthorized Credit Charges

BananaStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers of a new type of “cramming,” unauthorized fees that were once buried in phone bills but are now showing up on credit card statements.According to an FTC…

Harvard Tops List of 15 Schools with the Wealthiest Alumni

Harvard Tops List of 15 Schools with the Wealthiest Alumni

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” may ring true when it comes to the universities with the largest number of wealthy alumni.Research firm Wealth-X compiled a list of the global universities w…

University Promises to Reimburse Loans for Struggling Grads

University Promises to Reimburse Loans for Struggling Grads

Jupiter Images/Comstock Images(SPRING ARBOR, Mich.) — A private, Christian university in Michigan has announced that it will help students pay back their student loans after they graduate if their income does not meet specific benchmarks.Spring Arbor …

‘Real Money’: Shrink Your Cellphone Bill by $1,000 and End ‘Wireless Waste’

‘Real Money’: Shrink Your Cellphone Bill by $1,000 and End ‘Wireless Waste’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — To stay in touch with his daughters, 11-year-old Reagan and 5-year-old Ava, Phil Barry, a divorced father in Marshfield, Mass., got his eldest an iPhone so they could videochat.“When they’re with their mo…

Crime Writer Patricia Cornwell Has Her Own Legal Drama

Crime Writer Patricia Cornwell Has Her Own Legal Drama

Hemera/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Fiction crime writer Patricia Cornwell is used to writing about a heroic medical examiner investigating complex mysteries, but now she is in the middle of a drama of her own, claiming her former financial management firm co…

Debit Card Thieves Ship Shopping Spree to Victims

Debit Card Thieves Ship Shopping Spree to Victims

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — When Chris and Susie Linford of Anchorage, Alaska, found out that their bank account was drained of nearly $5,000 without their knowledge, they were stunned.“We had our debit card on us the whole time,…

Feds Release First Report on Credit Reporting Agencies

Feds Release First Report on Credit Reporting Agencies

Zoonar/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — If you’re reading this, you probably have a credit file.  Nearly every American is the subject of a unique credit report, detailing credit cards, loans, and bank accounts.But for the first time, the federal g…

New Citi Service Lets Cardholders Cash In on New Prices

New Citi Service Lets Cardholders Cash In on New Prices

(Martin Poole/Photodisc/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — Citi credit card users will now be able to avoid a shopper’s greatest fear: bad timing.“Price Rewind,” a new service by Citi, protects customers who buy an item just before its price dr…

Credit Card Debt Is Top Worry, Survey Finds

Credit Card Debt Is Top Worry, Survey Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Santa may be shimmying down the chimney in less than a month, but chances are he won’t be laden with as many gifts as in years past, and he probably won’t be charging the ones he is bringing.That’s …

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