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Worst Things to Buy in Bulk at Costco

Costco gets big ups from shoppers and shopping experts alike for its high quality and low prices. During recent research trips we've been impressed too, highlighting some of the best things retirees should buy at...

Putting the Brakes on Fuel Efficiency

Within the next few months, the Trump administration is expected to finalize its rules modifying the fuel-economy targets set during the Obama administration. Under the new standards, vehicle sticker prices could...

Best Phone Plans for Every Type of User, 2018

When choosing a phone plan, talk and text are the least of your concern; your cost will largely depend on how many users (lines) you choose and how much data you expect to use. If you're switching plans, refer...

Best Money Software and Web Sites

If you're looking for ways to cut costs on everyday spending, you can do so all from the comfort of your home. Several online sites and software programs allow you to save big on everything from preparing your...

The Best Personal-Finance Products, Services,...

Wondering which funds are best to smooth out market volatility and fight rising inflation, or which stocks to buy in an aging bull market? Looking for the credit card with the most-lucrative rewards or the...

Operation Turbo Says Thanks to Service Members

Profile Who: Dyan Z. Smith, 56 Where: Arlington, Va. What: Founder, Operation TurboSEE ALSO: 10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families What inspired you? In November 2010, I toured the destroyer USS...

Airline Fees Bite Harder

If you're planning to travel over the holidays, you may want to mail your gifts. As jet-fuel prices rise, U.S. airlines are raising fees for checked luggage, along with other services. SEE ALSO: Best Rewards...

Protect Your Online Purchases

Packages are stolen from porches and doorways year-round, but thieves are particularly busy during the holiday season, when there are more items to steal. Take the following steps to protect your purchases:SEE...

What Sears Meant to Us

As I write this column in mid October, the financial world is dealing with a bad case of the jitters. The stock market is on a roller-coaster ride, inflation is heating up, mortgage rates are closing in on...

Supermarket Showdown: Aldi vs. Whole Foods

Whole Foods and Aldi have traditionally rested on opposite ends of the supermarket spectrum. The former known for being upscale and expensive; the latter, no frills and cheap. But times are changing. Since being...

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