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Small Change: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

A Visual History of the Credit Card

I obviously have credit scores and credit cards on the brain today. An item on TheBigMoney.com really grabbed me just now. It gives a visual history of the Credit Card. It all started in 1951 when businessman Frank McNamara reached...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 12, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More on Credit Scores: Be Careful Where You Shop

My blog post this morning offered tips on how to raise your credit score at a time when card companies are cutting limits and raising the bar for new customers. I just came across a related story on CreditCards.com. The...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 12, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How to Raise Your Credit Score

It’s a scary time to have — or need — a credit card. According to the Federal Reserve’s quarterly survey of senior loan officers, banks are lowering credit limits and scrutinizing potential new customers a lot more. About 65 percent...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 12, 2009; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Exotic Dancers Not So Optimistic

Not everyone is putting on (or should I say taking off?) their rose-colored glasses during this recession. The Wall Street Journal has a story today about strip clubs getting rid of amenities amid plummeting sales. The story says clubs are...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 11, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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My No-Depression Recession

I had promised myself several months ago that I would not let the economic downturn get me down. Constantly writing about the collapse of the stock markets, record high loan defaults and distressed consumers was turning me into a basketcase....

By Ylan Mui  |  June 11, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Travels Along Recession Road

Here's another look at the yard sale -- or, rather, roadside sale -- from the poignant blog by my colleagues Theresa Vargas and Michael Williamson. This post chronicles an afternoon with a family at the end of the line, selling...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 10, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Retail Crime Increases During Recession

The recession is a boom time for bad guys, according to a new report released this morning. The survey by the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, found that retail crimes such as shoplifting and "fencing" (re-selling goods at...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Desperate Times Call for New iPhone Apps

This is truly hilarious. Thanks to BargainBabe, I found this graphic that ran in the NYTimes over the weekend. It's a list of mock iPhone apps designed to help you survive the recession. My favorite is 2 Late Now: Create,...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 9, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Unemployment , Ylan Q. Mui  
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How to Navigate a Yard Sale

Julia Wilkinson of Alexandria has been nosing around yard sales for a decade, picking up other people's junk and selling it for a tidy profit on eBay. Wilkinson has found Yankee Candles for $1 and brand-new Williams Sonoma placemats for...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bargains , Ylan Q. Mui  
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If You Like Coupons, You Might Like This: The Groupon

Tons of people are using coupons these days. But a friend recently alerted me to a unique take on the coupon concept: the groupon. The groupon is the brainchild of Chicago resident Andrew Mason. In November, he persuaded merchants in...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 8, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bargains , Nancy Trejos  
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