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What the Future Holds for Consumers

In 40 years, �the customer is always right� will be more than a catchphrase

I remember how excited my husband and I were when we first ordered groceries online.…

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Cutting Edge: The Science of Booking Last-Minute Flights

It�s good to wait, but not too late

When looking for cheap flights, when is too late, well, too late?

By Renita Burns

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Help! I Can’t Open a Checking Account!

3 ways to get your check-writing privileges restored

If you’ve been reported to a consumer checking history database such as ChexSystems, you won’t…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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On Standby: New Airline Passenger Rules

These proposed changes might take the frustration out of your next flight

If you’ve ever been bumped from a flight, you know the frustration that comes with…

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Find the Best Summer Travel Deals for Your Family

Vacations don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here's how one family saves and still has fun

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups– don’t have to be expensive to be…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Get Ready for Changes to Your Debit Card

You can say buh-bye to those pesky overdraft fees, but you'll have to really watch your balance

As of July 1, new changes are coming to debit card overdraft fees. The Federal…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Oil Spill Cleanup Scams

From bogus stocks to fake job opportunities, don�t let con artists get away with your cash

Whenever there’s an opportunity, scammers often find a way to use their dirty little tricks…

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Ask Your Advocate: Charge, Credit, Debit—What’s The Diff?

They're all plastic, but the features are not the same

I recently got an offer in the mail for a charge card. How is this…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Who Should Have Your Social Security Number?

Protect one of your most valuable pieces of information

Last July, Harrine Freeman was at a gas station when thieves busted her car window…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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iPhone Apps that Save You Money

Tools to help you keep a handle on debt, score great deals, and save some hard-earned cash

If you own an iPhone, you probably have dozens of apps and can’t wait for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Steer Clear of Moving Scams

From hidden fees to damaged belongings, unscrupulous movers can take you for a ride

Whether you’re relocating to another state or moving into your dream home, you should be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Cutting Edge: 9 Tweeters for the Cost-Conscious

Twitter accounts sure to help you save a buck or two

I like to consider myself a connoisseur of “free.” Not just of free, but of…

By Renita Burns

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When Identity Theft Hits Close to Home

What to do when a family member steals your identity

Imagine if when you were a child, one of your parents opened a few credit…

By Renita Burns

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Ask Your Advocate

I try to take advantage of deals when I go shopping and compare prices. But…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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MasterCard Opens Online Store

Another advancement for online shopping, but be sure to protect your privacy and your money

Do you like to shop online? If you do, one credit card company would be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Cash for Clunker Appliances: Time is Running Out

Don't delay�get your rebate before it's gone

If you’re planning to take advantage of the appliance rebate program, you better put some…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Ask Your Advocate: Protecting Your Identity While Shopping

Know your rights when asked for ID

When I pay for an item with a credit card, sometimes I’m asked to show…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Cyberwise: How to Choose an E-Reader

I really want to get an e-reader, but I’m not sure which one is right…

By Dale Coachman

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Beware of Census Scams

Fill out your form, but keep in mind these four tips to keep you and your information safe

It’s that time again. The deadline to submit your census form is drawing near–April 1,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Protect Your Privacy

Once it's gone, it�s hard to get it back. Avoid these three common mistakes.

In this fast-paced, digital age, everyone is connected. Unfortunately, that makes it very easy for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Six Ways to Save

These tips will help you build a cash cushion in no time

Whether you need a professional financial plan or just a “Savings 101” refresher, these six…

By Keesa Schreane

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Navigating the Abyss of Airline Customer Service

Steps for getting a complaint resolved

I flew the friendly skies for my honeymoon last month. The honeymoon was great but…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Cutting Edge: Check Yourself with Self-Checkout

How paying more attention can save you dollars

When it comes to budgeting your dollars, paying attention to every detail—from the coupons you…

By Renita Burns

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Ask Your Advocate: Winter Heating Bill Woes

How to lighten the load on your wallet

My heating bill tends to be very high each winter. What can I do to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Credit Card Reform Starts Today

Consumers gain rights with new provisions

The landmark legislation that Obama signed in the spring of 2009 that was designed to…

By Renita Burns

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Get Ready For The New Credit Card Rules

Excellent advice from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling

The clock is ticking toward implementation of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Cutting Edge: Move Your Money

Consumers offer banks a lesson, but will they learn?

Can you be part of the campaign to move your accounts from large banks to…

By Renita Burns

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What to Know Before You Donate to Haitian Relief

There�s nothing charitable about getting scammed

Before you give to any organizations, here are a couple of tips to help you…

By Renita Burns

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3 Things to Know About Debt Collectors

What they can and can�t do when collecting on a debt

While the days of debt collectors sending sheriffs to your home are long gone, for…

By Renita Burns

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Auto Financing or Bust

Getting auto financing when you�ve been rejected

After months of sputtering hither and to, days spent in the shop, and that noxious…

By Renita Burns

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Before hitting stores, take the NFCC's Holiday Spending Quiz

Once again, it’s the time of year when pressure on consumers to do their part…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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I’m Not Rosa Parks. He’s Not Dr. King.

But they are The Empowerment Experiment

Dr. King tells me that even though he and Rosa Parks and all the other…

By Maggie Anderson

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How Healthcare Reform Affects You

Separating fact from fiction

The ongoing debate over healthcare reform is as intense as ever, but nothing has been…

By Joyce Jones

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My Powerful Life As Mrs. Buy-Black America

Thanks to the Empowerment Experiment, we've met some extraordinary entrepreneurs

When we created The Empowerment Experiment, we knew things would be different. We knew…

By Maggie Anderson

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Five Need-to-Know Tips Before Closing Your Checking Account

It�s not as simple as you think

Let’s face it, bounced checks, account overdrafts, and poor account management can make severing ties…

By Renita Burns

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Your Back to School Shopping — Made Affordably Easy

Find the best deals through proper planning

There’s something about the August air that stirs a sense of uneasiness and excitement among…

By Renita Burns

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Our Choice: To Empower

Can a middle-class, professional, suburban black couple lead a Black Power movement?

My family made a choice, publicly, to spend as much money as possible with Black…

By Maggie Anderson

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Banking on Our Own

Investing in black-owned financial institutions is investing in ourselves

It’s expensive to be black in America. Recent studies and lawsuits prove we are overcharged…

By Zachary Raynell Rinkins

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Oh, the Mumbo-Jumbo

Don't let jargon lead you into a bad deal

At the behest of my landlord, I alone signed the lease on our first post-college…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Why I Paid $180 for an $80 Auto Repair

Failing to maintain your car could cost you time and money

Misty BleuIt was a dark and stormy night – well, it was by no means…

By Renita Burns

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‘One Size Does Not Fit All’

NAACP panelists want more diversified healthcare approach

At two forums on healthcare reform at the NAACP’s Centennial Convention Saturday, panelists presented a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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FCC to Hold ‘Soft Test’ for DTV Transition

Analog programming to be interrupted with reminders

Local broadcasters will be participating in coordinated digital television (DTV) transition “soft tests” Thursday in…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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A Random Walk Down Wall Street (With Protesters)

With the economy in terrible shape, everyone has a favorite scapegoat. For some, it's bankers and bureaucrats.

On my lunch hour last Friday, I went down to lower Manhattan’s financial district—the nerve…

By John Simons

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Fools Gold?

Determining if Cash4Gold is worth its weight

Out of all the cash for gold companies shilling on television, Cash4Gold has managed to…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: ‘Just in Case’ Recession Specials

Companies offer deals tailored to an uncertain job market

Yesterday, I blogged on recession-friendly deals companies are offering. But there’s more to the wave…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Recession Specials

Deals sure to be kind to your wallet

For consumers clutching their purse strings and wallets, companies are hoping to loosen that grip…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Beware of Stimulus-Related Scams

Don't get sucked in by con artists with fraudulent claims

Waiting for your cut from President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package? Well, don’t hold…

By Renita Burns

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FDIC’s New Campaign Promotes Deposit Insurance Awareness

Initiative includes Spanish calculator, PSAs targeting blacks

Anyone who banks has seen the phrase “FDIC Insured,” but to make sure that they…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Better Business Bureau Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week

Chicago branch opens, offers resources for residents

As part of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 1-7, the Better Business Bureau (BBB),…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Avoiding Credit Consolidation Scams

Don't get swindled trying to settle your debts

Scam artists prey on desperation. With the unemployment rate spiraling to its highest level in…

By Renita Burns

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Women & Money: Joint Accounts a Good Idea … If You’re Married

Unmarried couples advised not to tie finances together

Savvy money management skills are a necessity to weather these tough economic times. BlackEnterprise.com has…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Women & Money: Give Your Kids the Tools for Financial Success

Be sure your children know how to budget, save

Savvy money management skills are a necessity to weather these tough economic times. BlackEnterprise.com has…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Women & Money: Managing Credit Card Debt Through Negotiation

Open communication key when when handling bills

Savvy money management skills are a necessity to weather these tough economic times. BlackEnterprise.com has…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Women & Money: Looking Great Without Breaking the Bank

Don't let vanity come between you and financial stability

Savvy money management skills are a necessity to weather these tough economic times. BlackEnterprise.com has…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Women & Money: Rebounding After a Divorce

Savvy money management skills are a necessity to weather these tough economic times. BlackEnterprise.com has…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Cut Your Insurance Costs Without Sacrificing Coverage

Affordable ways to manage your healthcare

With people looking to cut costs in a tight economy, some may be thinking about…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Cutting Edge: Cell Phone Bills

Ways to manage your wireless plan, save money

Cell phones have gone from a luxury to a necessity for people of all ages.…

By Renita Burns

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Diligence is Key in Slashing Your Cell Phone Expenses

What every cell phone subscriber should know

While researching information about cutting costs on cell phone bills, I stumbled upon information on…

By Renita Burns

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Report: Disparities in Higher Education for Blacks

Study says African Americans still lacking in opportunities

As the U.S. government works to overhaul the nation’s financial system and contemplates bailing out…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Scam Artists Adapt to Economic Crisis

Avoid those who prey on your financial woes

While scams are always a concern of law enforcement, experts are warning that the tough…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Cutting Edge: New Year’s Eve

Bring in a party with more bang for your buck

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and if you haven’t cemented plans to…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Getting the Most From Your Gym

Making sure you get the workout and not your wallet

The New Year is almost here, and if you’re one of the countless people who’ve…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Furnishing Your First Apartment

Simple steps to make the new move less costly

Finally, you’re fresh out of college and ready to settle into your first apartment. Sure…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Lowering Your Healthcare Costs

Finding ways to get affordable coverage, medicines

Whether you’re searching for health coverage or have a plan, here are a few tips…

By Renita Burns

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Lending Money to Friends and Family

How to avoid heartache when loaning to a loved one

It is part of the African American spirit to help our friends and family who…

By Margarette Burnette

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Black Retailers Gear Up for the Holidays

Frugal shoppers to make for a tough season for small businesses

Anxiety over the poor economy, including worries about home foreclosures, tightening credit and unemployment, has…

By Michael Dabney

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Stepping Away From the Frenzy

On keeping shopping simple and free of Black Friday madness

A truncated shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with the absence of an “it”…

By Renita Burns

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Cutting Edge: My Virtual Trip to the Grocery Store

Put together a meal for under $60!

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Thanksgiving

Find ways to save while creating the perfect holiday feast

Thanksgiving is around the corner and so is the big dinner with all the family’s…

By Renita Burns

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HANDSHAKE

‘Tis Better to Give, But Don’t Get Taken

Peak season for legitimate charities is also prime time for fund-raising scams.

It’s the holiday season, when generosity and goodwill toward others—reinforced by the gifting traditions…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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While Holiday Shopping, Guard Against Identity Theft

Frenzied shopping and a tidal wave of phone, mail and Internet marketing create just the right environment of distraction for crooks.

The holiday season is prime time for identity theft. It’s no wonder: the mix…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Combating Identity Theft

Ways to prevent a costly, widespread nuisance

There was a time when online identity theft was largely the domain of hackers who…

By Bridget McCrea

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The Cutting Edge: Auto Maintenance

Getting your car to go the extra mile

Hefty maintenance costs that come along with owning an automobile can seem to be more…

By Renita Burns

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Offer Your Kids the Best, Yet Trim Costs

Teaching children fundamentals of budgeting can save you money

Children can be life’s greatest joy—and it’s most expensive. From the necessary expenses, such as…

By Renita Burns

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Cutting Edge: Halloween

Taking the fright out of fun festivities

This year, Americans will spend $5.77 billion for Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation.…

By Renita Burns

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Reinforcing Principals of Personal Finance

The ripple effect of an economic bust

Purse strings are being pulled tighter than ever as consumers brace for the ripples of…

By Renita Burns

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How to Handle Bank Closure

Learn to be proactive, diligent in managing your accounts

It seems like every month a bank closure is being announced, most stemming from the…

By Ann Brown

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Cutting Edge: Leisure & Entertainment

Enjoy low-cost leisure activities

The nature of today’s economy may have put a damper on your summer plans by…

By Brittany Hutson

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AT&T Loses Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Sales representative awarded more than $400,000

A Dallas jury ruled AT&T Corp. racially discriminated against a worker and ordered the telecommunications…

By Renita Burns

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Cutting Edge: Utilities and Energy

Slash utility costs

Its old news that’s still putting a hurting on your wallet: soaring energy and utility…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Back to School

Tips to help cut back on school spending

As you head back to school here a few additional resources to help you be…

By Renita Burns

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Cutting Edge: Throwing Green After Green

Are you spending too much on your lawn?

Are you finding that more and more of your money is being spent on maintaining…

By Gia Parker

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Cutting Edge: Squeezing Out the Extra Mile

Are you doing everything you can to save on gas?

Is there no end in sight? It’s getting increasingly hard to remember when gas was…

By Maya Yette

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Cutting Edge: BBQ Bargains

Trim the fat off the cost of your holiday entertaining

As the Fourth of July approaches, surging gas prices and soaring food costs have many…

By Renita Burns

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9 Tips to Help You Cut Your Vacation Costs

Smart tips to help you save money on your summer travel plans

It’s hard to escape the news about prices at the pump. But with all the…

By Chris Taylor

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Cutting Edge: It All Adds Up

Avoid banking fees

A $3.00 fee here; a $25.00 charge there. You’ve probably noticed—with growing alarm—how small banking…

By Chris Taylor

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Cutting Edge: Deals for Dad

Ways to save some money this Fathers Day

Many of us are finding that our pockets aren’t quite as deep as they once…

By Dale Coachman

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The Cutting Edge

Do you need to cut costsand fast? Here are several ways to get your family finances back under control

The Spences have become true virtuosos at saving money. Whether it’s heating up frozen meals…

By Chris Taylor

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It’s Not Too Late to Cut Taxes for 2007

Here are six things you can still do to save

The IRS filing deadline for your income tax return is days away, so you may…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Gas Hits All-Time High

But you can fight soaring fuel prices at the pump

As consumers drove up to their neighborhood gas stations this weekend, they probably noticed prices…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE’s Top 20 Month-End Auto Deals

Fuel prices, slow sales mean deep discounts for consumers

Today’s gas prices have almost tripled since 2001, when automakers delivered 631,632 full-size SUVs. And…

By Jeff Fortson

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It’s a Buyer’s Market

For sports coupes, convertibles and trucks, there seems to be no shortage

For sports coupes, convertibles and trucks, there seems to be no shortage

By Jeff Fortson

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