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Spending Smart: Pros, cons of buying trip insurance

Spending Smart: Pros, cons of buying trip insurance

A close relative dies just before you leave for a Caribbean vacation, and you have to cancel your nonrefundable trip to attend the funeral. Or, you're hiking in the Alps, have an accident and need to be airlifted off a mountain.

July 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Research offers new insight into why we do what we do

Would you pay 50 percent more for "organic" firewood? Would you be more willing to buy a used refrigerator if it had an "attractive enamel-coated ferromagnetic exterior?" Would you be more likely to buy juice from a server with a British accent?

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Practical tips to save you money at grocery store

Practical tips to save you money at grocery store

Grocery-shopping savings advice has become ubiquitous in recent years, but all tips aren't created equal.

June 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Tips to avoid the pitfalls of joining a health club

Tips to avoid the pitfalls of joining a health club

As spring turns to summer and warm-weather clothing reveals body bulges, many people think about shaping up by joining a health club.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Summer travel? Think beyond airfare

As travelers start thinking about winging off to summer vacations, many could learn a few things from expert fliers to ensure they get the best value for their money when booking flights.

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Have a cash emergency fund to pay for life's curveballs

A basic tenet of personal finance that gets short shrift but can dramatically improve your money life is having a cash emergency fund.

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Length of car loans is increasing

As car prices continue to rise, some auto loan terms have lengthened to a whopping 96 months, or eight years.

April 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Is direct-sales career for you? Look before you invest

How would you like to inexpensively start your own business that could, just maybe, lead to bigger money than you're making now? You could work for yourself in the comfort of your home.

February 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Time your purchases to the right season

Time your purchases to the right season

"To every thing there is a season," says a passage in the Bible and, much later, lyrics to the hit song, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" made famous by the 1960s folk-rock band The Byrds.

September 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Labor unrest seethes at airlines

Labor unrest seethes at airlines

CHICAGO - As airline passengers fly to and from vacations this summer, they might be surprised to know their pilot may not have had a substantial pay raise in nearly a decade, and flight attendants might be fuming beneath friendly smiles. And mechanics fixing the plane? They might not be too…

July 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

New clues on 'mystery meat' in Taco Bell's tacos

Taco Bell fans have spent the past several weeks wondering what's really in their meals, after a lawsuit claiming the popular fast-food chain's meat contains a whole lot of mystery.

February 16, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Financial overhaul: How it'll affect you

As legislators on Capitol Hill trumpet a final agreement on a sweeping financial overhaul, consumers might be wondering, "What's in it for me?"

June 26, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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