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Small Change: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Patience + Elbow Grease = A Beautiful Bargain

Today we have our first guest blogger: my editor, Kathy Lally. My house is littered with monuments — I try not to think of them as tombstones — to the inordinate joy I find in a bargain and my deep...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bargains , Ylan Q. Mui  | Tags: bargains  
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Consumer Delinquencies Keep Rising

Looks like lots of people are playing the dangerous grace period game -- and losing. The American Bankers Association released new data today that showed consumer delinquencies on a composite of eight key loan categories have risen to a record...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Unemployment , Ylan Q. Mui  | Tags: consumers, unemployment  
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Grace (Period) Under Pressure

Stop, wait a minute Mr. Postman! Do you have any money for me? Specifically I am looking for a rent check from my tenants, which is due at the start of every month. But all he has delivered so far...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Helping Your Kids Without Emptying Your Pockets

It’s one thing to watch your own 401(k) evaporate, the value of your home diminish and your overall financial picture deteriorate. But what happens when your kids are swallowed up by debt — and they come knocking on your door...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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New Study Cites 'unfair and deceptive' Credit Card Practices

A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts details the extent of some of the “unfair and deceptive practices” by credit card companies. The year-long study by Pew was led by the former CEO of a credit card company and...

By Ylan Mui  |  March 31, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Faces of Frugality: Jason White, the Frugal Dad

Faces of Frugality: From time to time we’ll introduce you to people who are changing their spending habits and remaking their lives. Today meet Jason White, who founded the FrugalDad blog Jason has seen the underbelly of the beast called...

By Ylan Mui  |  March 31, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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You're Paying Too Much

I just came across this article on the biggest retail rip-offs on the CBS news site. The list: movie popcorn, wine in restaurants, prescription drugs, coffee and pre-cut fruits and veggies. I always figured that many of these items were...

By Ylan Mui  |  March 30, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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About Small Change

The recession has touched all of our lives in both dramatic and subtle ways. Some have lost their jobs, suffered pay cuts or lost their homes. Others, the lucky ones, have been relatively unscathed but have felt it prudent to...

By Sara Goo  |  March 30, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Welcome to Small Change

I can’t tell you exactly when it happened, but I know that my life has changed. I used to routinely drop $12 for a chicken pomodoro panini and a mini-bundt cake for lunch. Now I brown bag it every day....

By Sara Goo  |  March 30, 2009; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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