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Small Change: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Tips for Getting Out of Credit Card Debt

President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill that would prevent credit card companies from arbitrarily raising interest rates on existing balances and charging certain fees. The law will certainly help many consumers out there. But it won’t eliminate...

By Nancy Trejos  |  May 22, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Credit Cards , Nancy Trejos  
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Memorial Day Money-Saving Tips

I am so ready for summer. But I am not ready for higher electric bills to run my air conditioner, wasting fuel while I'm stuck in holiday traffic on I-66 and hordes of hungry people on my patio demanding burgers...

By Ylan Mui  |  May 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bargains , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Bargain Your Way to a Bargain

In this recession, everything is negotiable. I learned that lesson when I bargained to get a lower interest rate on my home refinance. And I put that knowledge to work recently while browsing the Eastern Market flea market for furniture...

By Ylan Mui  |  May 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Small Business Survival Strategy

Roxana Olivas opened a hair salon in Northwest Washington in fall 2006 when the economy was still chugging along and women were happy to pay for an afternoon of pampering. She steadily built clientele and promoted the business, De La...

By Ylan Mui  |  May 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Do You BYOB?

I went to dinner with one of my girlfriends on Friday night. Because both of us are trying to save money, I chose a reasonably priced place: Posto in Logan Circle, where you can get a tasty, filling margherita pizza...

By Nancy Trejos  |  May 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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High Interest Rate: No Small Change

This is a big week for the credit card industry--and the 78 percent of families who have cards. Tomorrow, the Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would ban many industry practices that consumers have been complaining about...

By Nancy Trejos  |  May 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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