Woman's Day finds great value winners

There are many cool products on the market this season, but not all are equally worthy of your money. Woman's Day has done much of the...

Feds crack down on 'discriminatory' auto loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday told auto lenders that they would be held responsible for “unlawful, discriminatory...

How to complain: Squeaky wheel still gets the grease

Most people who have a complaint don’t really push for a solution. They make a quick phone call or send an email, but if they get the...

Are you wasting money looking for cheaper gas?

• 68 percent would drive 5 minutes out of their way to save 5 cents per gallon • 36 percent would drive 10 minutes out of their way to...

Payday loans hurt at-risk customers, study finds

A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts calls into question the main marketing claims used to sell payday loans to 19 million...

'Good drivers' often pay more for insurance, study finds

If you believe the ads, good drivers get the best insurance rates. But a new study shows auto insurers frequently charge good drivers...

Unclaimed life insurance benefits top $1 billion

In this age of data bases and search engines, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could be the beneficiary of a life insurance policy and...

Big deals on big-screen TVs for the Super Bowl

Sometimes the turtle really does beat the hare. If you scurried out on Black Friday to buy a big-screen TV during door-buster deals, you...

How to turn your unused Groupons into cold, hard cash

When he bought a package of massages for half price ($245) from Groupon, Nathan Barusch of Phoenix, Ariz., had every intention of going....

Feds claim 'bamboo' fabric was really rayon

When you buy sheets, blankets or clothing made from “eco-friendly bamboo” you assume you’re getting what’s on the label – not fabric...

New rules for disputes with American Express and Instagram

It may not seem fair, but a company can stop you from suing them to settle a dispute. Mandatory arbitration clauses are routinely used by...

What consumers can expect in 2013

I don’t have a crystal ball, but I am in contact with a lot of experts in consumer protection, marketing and fraud prevention. Based on...

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Hate it? An insider's guide to returning gifts

It happens. You get a gift and you want to return it. Maybe you don’t need another electric can opener or you're not fond of that bright...

Want to cut your car insurance bill? Shop around

Auto insurance is one of those things you buy and then forget about. We have coverage, so we figure there’s no need to worry about it...

Extended warranties are usually a waste of money

We’ve all been there. You go to the store to buy a television, toaster or tablet computer. The friendly sales associate helps you find...

Dangers on the toy shelves: Dora's guitar, balloon launcher

Toys are fun, but they can also be dangerous. Two reports released on Tuesday remind us that we need to remain vigilant when we go toy...

Price-matching policies not all they're cracked up to be

Halloween is barely over and major retailers including Target and Best Buy already are trying to lure holiday shoppers to their...

Squeeze extra life out of your health and beauty products

Happy Frugal Friday! How far will you go to get that last smidge of toothpaste hiding in the tube? Or makeup lying tantalizingly out of...

Credit card rule change to aid stay-at-home spouses

Holly McCall couldn’t believe her application for a credit card was denied.  She’d never been turned down for credit before. And why...

Applebee's: Your friendly neighborhood disco?

The hottest club in many suburban towns across America will soon be a Club Applebee's. That's right, starting at 10 p.m., the...