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  1. Why Used Cars Are a Good Deal Right Now

    The supply of used cars is growing, making a pre-owned automobile a good deal once again. Here are the models to look for ...
  2. How Much Is Your Used Nintendo Worth?

    The market for used electronics is growing rapidly. Whether you opt to sell online or in-person, you can make good money ...
  3. Pro Flowers vs. 1-800 Flowers: Comparing Floral Retailers (FLWS)

    Learn how the top two floral providers, ProFlowers and 1-800-Flowers.com, compare to one another in selection, service, value ...
  4. Ways to Destroy Your Net Worth

    Many people fall victim to these mistakes, and they can drastically affect a person's net worth in a negative way.
  5. Get a More Comfortable Seat in Coach

    Try these four strategies to get a better seat in economy class the next time you fly.
  6. North Carolina 529 College Savings Plan: Investment Plan Analysis

    Learn about the 529 North Carolina College Savings Plan, complete with a summary of the plan and different investment options ...
  7. Air Ticket Rules Change for Making Multiple Stops

    Thanks to new rules, if you book a flight with multiple stops as one round trip, it may now cost more than if you book each ...
  8. 3 Thoughts from Deutsche Bank on U.S. Airline Stocks (DB, DAL)

    Explore the near- and long-term outlooks for the airline industry, and discover why Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Linenburg ...
  9. Getting Luggage Fee Refunds on Mishandled Bags

    If they lose or delay your luggage, you’re due a refund of your luggage fee. Or are you? In 2016, most airlines seem to think ...
  10. ‘Last Class’ – A Sub-Economy Seat You Might Want

    Surprise: The new basic economy airline ticket, dubbed “last class” by critics, might actually be worth the price. Here’s ...
  11. 4 Ways to Get a Degree Without Student Debt

    Although taking out student loans has become the norm in recent times, it is possible to get a degree without the burden ...
  12. 6 Best Last-minute Spring Break Trips

    Spring break is here and if you are looking for a last minute vacation idea, then here are six to consider.
  13. Which Airline Has the Best WiFi?

    Airlines know that flyers expect a wireless connection – but not all offer the same level of connectivity.
  14. Airbag Recalls: What to Do If It's Your Car

    The recall numbers are even higher than previously estimated. How to look up your car – and what to do if you find it on ...
  15. The Cheapest Way to Buy Two or More Airline Tickets

    A quirk in the reservations system can make you pay extra if you don't use this special technique for buying multiple tickets ...
  16. Airline Fees: Will Congress Restrict Them?

    Democratic senators want to crack down on high fees the airlines charge for things like changing flights. The airlines say ...
  17. Automatic Emergency Brakes Will Be Standard

    Most vehicles will have automatic emergency brakes by 2022. This has far-reaching impacts, from safety to the price of insurance ...
  18. Why Is Travelex So Expensive & How It Makes Money

    All its locations make Travelex the most convenient option for getting foreign currency. But there are cheaper alternatives ...
  19. Short-Sighted Retailers: Why Target is Losing the Retail Wars (TGT)

    Target has not invested enough in its long-term future, preferring instead to borrow ideas from other retailers.
  20. Amazon is the New King of the Wal-Mart Effect (AMZN, WMT)

    Amazon.com Inc is taking over where Wal-Mart Stores Inc left off—crushing the competition until it is the leader in retail.
  21. Will Amazon's Logistics Ground UPS and FedEx? (AMZN, UPS)

    Amazon's goal is to get products to the consumer as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
  22. Is Amazon Prime for Frugal Shoppers? (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime sounds like a great deal. However, its addictive properties mean that frugal or budget-conscious shoppers should ...
  23. Wait on Buying a Pickup (F, GMC)

    Used car prices are dropping everywhere. But if you're in the market for a pickup truck, a good bargain is less of a guarantee ...
  24. Airline Ticket Prices: What a Difference a Day Makes

    When to start ordering airline tickets for the best prices.
  25. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  26. Amazon Prime Creates a Captive Audience (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime is an addictive service which has created a captive consumer audience for Amazon.com Inc.
  27. What is Google Express? (GOOG, GOOGL)

    A look at Google Express and how it operates.
  28. Google Express vs. Amazon Prime Now (GOOG, AMZN)

    Google and Amazon are battling for workers and customer dollars as the retail delivery wars heat up.
  29. How Elon Musk Will Revolutionize the Modern World

    From Paypal to Tesla, Elon Musk is continually finding ways to revolutionize our lives.
  30. Fulfillment: Amazon's Not so Secret Money-Making Machine (AMZN, EBAY)

    Fulfillment by Amazon is Amazon's answer to eBay's Buy It Now, and a way for the e-commerce giant to earn money for connecting ...
  31. How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Works

    By cracking down on unfair or deceptive financial service practices, CFPB aims to give consumers more control over their ...
  32. Why Amazon's $50 Tablet is on Fire (AMZN)

    Amazon's $50 tablet is a best-selling product on Amazon.com. With such unimpressive specs, who is buying this tablet and ...
  33. Economic Analysis: The Low-cost Airline Industry (LUV,DAL)

    LCCs have become powerful players in the airline sector globally as cost-conscious consumers embrace their no-frills approach. ...
  34. Turn Business Travel Into a Vacation With Airbnb

    A new study reports a trend that business travellers using the Airbnb for Business program are extending stays and mixing ...
  35. Which U.S. Airline Costs the Least? It Depends

    This simple method will help you find the cheapest carrier every time you fly, every place you fly.
  36. The 7 Hottest Travel Destinations for 2016

    An overview of the hottest travel destinations for 2016.
  37. GLOSSYBOX Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about the monthly GLOSSYBOX beauty discovery service, and decide if a subscription for beauty products is something ...
  38. Trunk Club Review: Is It Worth It?

    Take a close look at one of the best-known online clothing services in the country, and determine whether it's a good fit ...
  39. HelloFresh Review: Is It Worth It?

    Discover one of the world's most successful meal subscription services, and learn more about how the service operates and ...
  40. 5 Things to Know About the Volkswagen Scandal in 2016

    Find out what your need to know about Volkswagen and the impact the scandal will have on the company, its shareholders and ...
  41. 4 Best and Safest Password Manager Apps for 2016

    Find out which password managers are the best at keeping your passwords secure while managing critical data you use in your ...
  42. Just the Right Book Review: Is It Worth It?

    Take an in-depth look at Just the Right Book, a subscription service that delivers personalized book selections based on ...
  43. Will Airlines Keep Flying High in 2016?

    Learn why the airline industry has such a unique set of variable and fixed costs that makes it very difficult to forecast ...
  44. Bark Box Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if BarkBox, the leading e-commerce subscription service for monthly doggie surprise boxes of treats and toys, is ...
  45. Blue Apron Review: Is It Worth It?

    Read about one of the top meal-kit delivery services in the United States, and learn more about what it offers and how much ...
  46. U.S. Vacation Spots You’d Swear Were Overseas

    If you can't stop thinking about safety (or your budget) as you plan your vacation, try these seven very-exotic-feeling places ...
  47. Bespoke Post Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if Bespoke Post, the fast-growing, e-commerce subscription service for men's lifestyle and grooming products, is ...
  48. American Airlines: Free Snacks in Coach (AAL)

    The last of the big three finally throws a bone (well, a cookie) to its non-elite customers.
  49. Passport Renewal: Don't Wait Too Long

    Millions of passports issued nearly 10 years ago when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative became law are expiring. Expect ...
  50. Birch Box Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about the convenience of the subscription beauty box industry, and discover why the Birchbox company in particular ...
  51. Harry's Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if Harry's, the fast-growing, online purveyor of low-cost razor blades and shaving kits, is worth all of the hype ...
  52. Manpacks Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if Manpacks, the fast-growing e-commerce subscription service for men's grooming products and underwear, is worth ...
  53. Uber vs. Avis

    Car rental companies are taking a hit: Uber has become the number one choice for business travelers looking for a ride. Here’s ...
  54. 7 Car Buying Mistakes That Cost You Money

    These seven mistakes can have you spending much more than you should on your new car.
  55. What a GM and Lyft Partnership Means

    The partnership between Lyft and GM could revolutionize the automobile industry.
  56. Amazon Shareholders Should Worry About Prime Air

    Amazon's Prime Air is an amazing idea that is filled with potential issues that should worry shareholders.
  57. The Top 12 Weirdest Scholarships Available

    Cut your college expenses drastically by winning one of these off-the-wall scholarships.
  58. What Is Amazon Web Services and Why Is It so Successful?

    Amazon Web Services provides a much-needed revenue stream to Amazon in exchange for low-cost cloud computing.
  59. Amazon Is Opening Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores

    Amazon has opened its first of presumably many physical bookstores. Why did Amazon do this and how are they different from ...
  60. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): 2015 Recap

    A look at the ups and downs of Amazon in 2015.
  61. Cheap Currencies for Travel in 2016

    Discover three destinations with cheap currencies for travel in 2016, including one European country you can visit without ...
  62. Walmart Pay vs. The Competition (WMT, AAPL)

    Although Walmart Pay has few competitors, it must improve its app or face pressure to accept better mobile payment services.
  63. Amazon's Big Branding Problem (AMZN)

    Amazon can be inconsistent with its branding policies which can alienate confused customers. The company should simplify ...
  64. How Safe Is Traveling in France?

    Don't tear up your plane tickets to la belle France in the wake of the November terrorist attacks. But do heed these tips ...
  65. Traveling to Los Angeles on a Budget

    Understand why you do not have to break your budget to vacation in Los Angeles, despite the city's reputation as a playground ...
  66. How Safe Is Traveling in Europe?

    Here, some factors to consider as you make your travel plans this year.
  67. Lose 10 Pounds Of Overspending

    Bad spending habits are not always obvious. What could you be doing to ensure that your money's going where it should?
  68. Hipmunk Plans to Outperform Hotel and Flight Competitors

    Hipmunk's easy-to-use, comprehensive search platform appeals to a tech-savvy generation looking for personalized advice and ...
  69. Traveling to Hawaii on a Budget

    Learn a number of easy ways to save big on airfare, car rental, lodging, meals and entertainment when vacationing on the ...
  70. How Safe is Traveling in the Middle East?

    Unrest in the Middle East dominates the news, but many parts of the region are safe for vacation and business travelers. ...
  71. Traveling to San Francisco on a Budget

    Discover how to vacation in San Francisco on a budget, and learn about the abundance of entertainment the city offers at ...
  72. Traveling to Miami on a Budget

    Learn how to have the time of your life in Miami, one of the favorite playgrounds of the wealthy, even if you are not wealthy ...
  73. Walmart Will Never Be Costco (WMT, COST)

    Walmart is in the process of reinventing itself. It seems to be trying to copy Costco, a move that will surely fail.
  74. The Future of Retail Is Not Big Box Stores

    The future of shopping involves a lot more Internet and a lot less window shopping at the mall.
  75. How Amazon's Restaurant Delivery Service Makes Money (AMZN)

    Amazon's delivery service acts as a loss leader to corner the market now before providing high margin revenue in the future.
  76. Drones: 10 Companies to Watch

    Already indispensable tools in the military, drones are poised to enter the mainstream with a wide range of applications.
  77. How Much Can Students Realistically Get from Scholarships?

    Think your child can land enough college scholarships to graduate debt-free? Think again.
  78. West Coast Vacation Destinations on a Budget

    Learn about three easily overlooked West Coast gems that offer the budget-conscious vacationer a great deal without compromising ...
  79. Why Are Retailers Expanding Into Online Grocery? (WMT, AMZN)

    Walmart, Amazon and Target are all fiercely competing for your online grocery shopping dollars. Why now? Why is online grocery ...
  80. How Target Can Expand Internationally (TGT)

    Target needs to get back onto the international scene in order to take on its largest competitors. There's only one way to ...
  81. Earn A Holiday Bonus Through Energy Savings

    You can enjoy the festive season without a jolly increase in your energy costs. We'll show you how.
  82. Are Kelley Blue Book Values Accurate and Reliable?

    It’s the most popular used-car buying guide. Here’s a look at just how trustworthy it is – plus a comparison with the competition.
  83. 4 Billionaires Who Dropped Out of Harvard

    People who became successful despite dropping out of Harvard University.
  84. 5 Airlines That Offer Refundable Plane Tickets

    Compare prices for non-refundable and refundable airline fares for five of the United States' most popular airlines, and ...
  85. Student Financial Aid Changes: FAFSA 2015-2016

    Here is a look at some of the major changes to FAFSA in 2015 - 2016 and how they will affect student financial aid.
  86. Air and Rail Travel Fee Rip-Offs (AAL, ALGT)

    Airline fees can vary tremendously. We've compared them side-by-side – along with Amtrak's new charges – to determine who ...
  87. How Much Will it Cost to Become President In 2016?

    The 2016 race to the White House will largely be determined by who can spend the most money. Here is a look at how much it ...
  88. Amazon Studios vs. Hollywood: Is Netflix the Better Pick? (AMZN, NFLX)

    Amazon Studios is a relatively new division of Amazon that is trying to revolutionize Hollywood. While it may succeed, is ...
  89. Six Most Popular Hobbies You Can Do For Free

    Does your budget not allow you to have expensive hobbies? Here are six great ideas for occupying your free time without spending ...
  90. How Much Money Do You Need to Live in Mexico City?

    Learn how much it costs for four types of expatriates to live in Mexico City, including students, job hunters, professionals ...
  91. The 4 Best Alternatives to Airbnb

    Discover four competitors that offer an alternative to the short-term vacation rental giant, Airbnb, including OneFineStay, ...
  92. 5 Best Beach Towns in the Philippines

    The Philippines has spectacular beaches and its 5 best beach towns attract travelers from 'round the world for the pristine ...
  93. Cheapest Airports for Flying to America

    Which airports offer the biggest bargains on trips to the States? There's no one cheapest airport – but check several and ...
  94. 8 Ways to Maximize Your Holiday Budget

    The holidays will only wreck your budget if you let them.
  95. Five Most Luxurious Airlines

    Whether you've just won the lottery or saved up for once-in-a-lifetime experience, these are the airlines to book for the ...
  96. Best 12 Ways to Save Money at the Supermarket

    Use these strategies when shopping for food, and you'll save big bucks on your grocery bill
  97. How to Save Money on Your Disney Vacation

    Understand why Disney Parks are attractive vacation destinations and why they are expensive. Learn five money-saving tips ...
  98. How Much Money Do You Need to Live in NYC?

    Learn how much money you need to meet basic expenses in New York City as a student, as a professional and as an unemployed ...
  99. Top 7 Money Saving Tips for Eating Out

    Discover seven money-saving options available to consumers who are looking to partake in the luxury of dining out while cutting ...
  100. Best Places to Exchange Currency in Houston

    As an international hub, Houston has plenty of currency exchange places serving visitors and residents. Here's where to find ...
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