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Tax refund scam targets seniors, poor

2012-03-07 00:00:00

The Internal Revenue Service is warning people about a new tax scam that tricks low-income and elderly people into filing for fraudulent ref


Taxes are tough surprise for jobless

2012-03-06 10:41:00

As if being unemployed were not bad enough, many people who were out of work for all or part of 2011 are discovering they may face even more


Warmth sinks natural gas futures price

2012-03-06 08:45:00

Natural gas futures tumbled to a one-month low in New York as forecasts of above-normal temperatures across the continental U.S. signaled re


Streetwise: Dow Jones small dogs are usually safe bets

2012-03-04 15:21:00

Having taught students at all levels, from college to adult education, I have learned the value of repetition.


Shop Smart: Cut the sneaky fat with smart food swaps

2012-02-26 00:01:00

Fats can be sneaky -- they lurk in lots of everyday, packaged food items and can put people at risk for heart disease and other health issue


Assistance for utilities gets boost in funding

2012-02-25 00:00:00

A Pennsylvania program designed to help low-income residents pay their utility bills will receive an additional $52.3 million in federal fun


Shop Smart: Cetaphil best lives up to long-lasting lotion claims

2012-02-19 00:00:00

All body lotions are supposed to moisturize, but some come with bigger promises like "long-lasting relief."


Feds gain foreclosure accord

Feds gain foreclosure accord

2012-02-10 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's $25 billion settlement Thursday with banks over fraudulent foreclosure practices begins a


Sweepstakes scams fooled plenty last year

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Congratulations -- You're a prize winner! Or maybe not.


Web outlets for reviews abound

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Whether it's a slap-happy review of your new flat-screen TV on Amazon or a scathing critique of a car dealer on Yelp or Facebook, there are


Streetwise for 02/05/12

2012-02-05 00:00:00

The rampant discourse over the nation's economic future took a back seat to some more important forecasts recently as fractious factions


Shop Smart Study says traditional light bulbs trumped by newer versions

2012-01-29 00:00:00

The days of inefficient light bulbs are slowly coming to an end. Recent tests from Consumer Reports showcased more than 30 different compact


Caution with bank data is always a safe bet

2012-01-25 00:00:00

The convenience of checking balances, transferring funds and paying bills online has, for a growing number of people, made running to a bank


Shop Smart: More to car battery than its brand

2012-01-15 00:00:00

If you want a top-rated car battery, you can't just buy by brand. Performance within brands can vary by size and model, Consumer Reports' la


Five credit cards named to Hall of Shame

2012-01-13 00:00:00

There are so many credit cards out there, it's not possible that you picked the worst one. Or is it? The credit card-tracking website Cardra


Good Question: Not too early to work at filing 2011 income taxes

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Question: I'm starting to think about preparing my 2011 taxes. What should I be aware of and what's the best use of my refund?


Shop Smart: Tide, Wisk formulas score high in testing

2012-01-08 00:00:00

When it comes to overall cleaning, formulas from Tide and Wisk stood out in Consumer Reports' test of laundry detergents. Tide HE Plus Bleac


Tax relief for the 'innocent spouse'

Tax relief for the 'innocent spouse'

2012-01-03 00:00:00

When married couples file joint tax returns, one spouse can end up being held responsible for a tax liability created by a dishonest partner


Shop Smart: What to do when retirement plans go awry

2011-12-18 00:00:00

No matter how carefully you've prepared for your retirement, some unforeseen events -- such as losing your job, your health coverage or a bi


How banks manipulate accounts and boost customers' overdraft fees

How banks manipulate accounts and boost customers' overdraft fees

2011-12-11 00:00:00

As you tackle your holiday shopping list, be forewarned that your bank could be rearranging your debit card transactions, checks and other w


Shop Smart: Dishwashing detergents can leave residue

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Phosphate-free detergents have been on the market for a while now, and although Consumer Reports has found many that clean well, some reader


Congress still fighting over payroll tax issue

2011-12-09 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The average worker's paycheck could decrease by $19 a week next year if Congress doesn't take fast action on a tax cut that ex


Obama to block add-ons to payroll tax cut

2011-12-08 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama warned Congress on Wednesday not to tie approval of a payroll tax cut to other sensitive measures such


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