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Will retailers give debit cards a new life?

October 13, 2011

A sign for wine supplied by John Ulzheimer. REUTERS/handoutAs an expert on the credit industry, John Ulzheimer spends his days thinking about credit cards, debit cards and credit scores. So imagine his surprise when he picked up lunch at a restaurant near his house in Atlanta, then later went on a beer run, and was directly confronted with the consumer fallout from the hot-button issue of the day in his profession: new fees for debit card purchases imposed by government regulations.

Online privacy leaks worsen; “Do not track” gains steam

October 11, 2011

People use computers at an Internet cafe in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province June 20, 2007. REUTERS/StringerAre you being tracked right now? If you thought you were just browsing aimlessly, doing a little shopping or checking sports scores without identifying yourself, you could be mistaken about your level of privacy.

Want to put your kid on road to Millionaire Row by 21? Here’s how

September 23, 2011

While some youngsters long to become rock stars or Hollywood heavyweights, others now gravitate towards another stripe of pop-cultural celebrity: the whiz kid who becomes a millionaire before age 21.

Spending less could make recession a “self-fulfilling prophecy”: Analysts

September 20, 2011

Mark and Kathy Swezy of Englewood, Colorado embody what many Americans would call a rock-solid work ethic. Mark is a full-time purchasing manager at JoaQuin Manufacturing, while Kathy splits her time between her own graphic design business and a job at Nosh Nest, a high-end cookware and food shop in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Passion or obsession? Collecting can add up to serious dollars

September 16, 2011

You could say that Jay Pomerantz is a fan of the New York Jets.

You might suspect that from the room in his Long Island house, decorated wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with memorabilia from the NFL team – game-worn cleats, bloodied jerseys from the 1960s, old playbooks and even Super Bowl rings. Some of the items are so rare and valuable that the team itself displays some of Pomerantz’s collection in its front office.

Back-to-school spending tests your wallet and your patience

September 6, 2011

A child watches from a school bus in New York January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Remember when you could outfit a kid with roughly $20 in school supplies? Now there’s a lesson in ancient history, folks.

Royal flush: 5 luxury bathroom items to boost your home value

August 4, 2011

While $250,000 could land a vacation home in some markets, these days, you could also spend that amount on the most amazing bathroom money can buy. Think of the re-sale value that could add to a home!

In the world of high-priced purses, beware quality fakes

August 2, 2011

Lan Tran, a systems analyst in Boston, wanted a Louis Vuitton purse which retails for about $1,500, but thought the price was a little too steep for her. So when she saw one listed on eBay for $300 from a top seller with only good feedback, she struck.

Annual golf, spa getaways still thriving despite slow recovery

July 27, 2011

Every year, 54-year-old William Palumbo, of Bronxville, New York, takes a week-long golf trip with three of his closest buddies. For the last several years, he’s gone all the way to Scotland to play at the “Home of Golf,”  St. Andrews, one of the oldest and most prestigious courses in the world (not to mention, a “favorite” of legendary golfers from Bobby Jones to Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods).

Traveling abroad or taking a cruise? Avoid huge roaming charges

July 22, 2011

If you’re about to take a trip overseas or going on a cruise and just can’t leave home without your trusty phone (smart or otherwise) or your laptop, there are a few things you should know to avoid bill shock went you get home.