Why running from fiscal responsibility may hurt lead to poor budget choices.
Individual consumers spent approximately $800 last year.
Secrets to dealing with devastating messes.
Holiday shoppers should expect credit card breaches this season, but could be saved by new technology next year.
Consumers should guard their PIN numbers and take other basic steps to avoid fraud, experts say.
To rent or buy again? That is the question when it comes to real estate and downsizing for retirees.
The move from a 5 percent down payment could increase the ability of creditworthy but cash-strapped consumers to become homeowners.
Heather Murray suggests percentages of income that should go to housing, transportation, savings and debt.
As Americans live longer, it’s important to take steps to get the most out of those years.
The BMW offers such intuitive controls and handles so well that it’s like being one with the road.
Gold’s “crazy cousin” has dropped significantly in value, and some experts fear the worst is yet to come.
Smart cards with microchips are on the way: What you need to know.
Some highlights on smart cards:
In the Q5, it’s less than perfect, but that’s not the engine’s fault.
Understanding reverse mortgages and their implications are important in avoiding surprises later.
The aging of the U.S. population will put long-term care into focus.
Scan a product’s bar code with this smartphone app -- and up pops a record of campaign contributions made by the company.
Words such as “fresh,” “real,” and “artisinal” sound appealing but often are marketing tactics.
Answering reader questions about their credit situations.
Caring.com finds 46 percent of its visitors surveyed spend more than $5,000 on caregiving expenses.
WASHINGTON -- There are no shortcuts to strengthening your credit score.
Taking steps to increase your credit score before buying a home is not only a smart thing to do; it’s also a way to save thousands.
Shop Smart has some great tips on taming an out-of-control closet and ways to stash winter clothes.
Every time one of my children says, "Back in your day," I wince.
Now more than ever, drivers’ lack of initiative could cost them, a leading consumer advocate is warning.
Your grill may be the star of your next barbecue, but your house and deck could get less-than-rave reviews if their finishes have faded.
Driven by economic necessity or a desire to take more control, more people are opting to work as freelancers and independent contractors.
Take a close look at your cable bill, Consumer Reports suggests. It's a confusing onslaught of charges, taxes and add-on fees.
Rutgers University researchers say more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession.
Julian Gray and Frank Petrich’s Elder Law: New power of attorney law reminds us to check our estate plans
The power of attorney is probably the most powerful document you will sign. It’s like a loaded gun; it can be used for good or evil.
When there are opportunities to allow people to telecommute, companies should explore it. It can save the firms and individuals money.
Unscrupulous advertisers, businesses and reviewers have all the financial motive they need to game the system.
Interest rates on cards issued by America’s largest retailers are averaging 23.23 percent, according to a new survey by CreditCards.com.
While parents share in the excitement of their child’s college acceptances, many also agonize over how they are going to pay for it.
Now is the perfect time to introduce budgeting to your child if he or she has not yet been exposed to it.
Stocking your kitchen with fresh, healthy ingredients is important, but it’s not the first step to eating better, notes ShopSmart.
I’m always saddened by stories of people who have been swindled, but there’s something even more despicable when scammers go after seniors.
The price of beef and veal shot up more than 10 percent from June 2013 to June 2014. Pork prices rose by 12 percent.
ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, suggests these ways to shop smarter.
In a case of good news at first looking bad, the national unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in June.
The lull might reflect a tightening of the rules governing how often individuals can file or how much banks have been willing to lend.
Insurance can be complicated, and if you don’t follow the rules you can run into “gotchas” that can cost an arm and a leg.
The outlook for deposit rates the rest of the year is for more of the same, said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com.
Economists debate the effectiveness of an industry that creates thousands of jobs that pay little and offer no benefits.
Saving an extra $20 per week amounts to more than $1,000 a year.
Deciding whether to fix a broken product or spring for a new one often feels like an expensive guess.
Lots of the questions I get from readers involve their friends, families and finances. Here are some topics:
Costly fees you should never pay.
The “smart cards” are credit cards with embedded computer chips that can store large amounts of data and perform functions like encryption.
Not long ago, I focused one of my weekly chats on elder care. Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation.