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Why The Cost of Milk Could Double

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.03.2012 | Money

Got milk? Your answer may be no come January when milk prices could double. If the Farm Bill is not renewed by Congress by the end of the year, the...

The Four-Letter Word For Older Voters

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I'd like to shed light on what concerns older Americans in this election cycle, but I solemnly swear that I will not mention polling numbers. Instead, my analysis is based on surveys we have conducted with over 1,200 older people on their core beliefs and values.

Just Won't Quit

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose in August by the most in six months as households stretched to pay for higher gasoline p...

Poor Americans Are Overspending

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money

The United States' lowest earners spent more than double their incomes last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department. The b...

Encouraging News For Obama

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six...

College-Bound Excess: Competitive Parenting or Retail Therapy?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

While some might roll their eyes, it shouldn't surprise us that designer dorm rooms have popped up on campus or that parents are snapping up non-essentials for their students. Is it a good idea? That's a whole other story, but here are a few reasons why parents might break the bank....

What's Slowing The Economy

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 09.14.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming month...

9 Weird Products That Came Out This Year

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 10.04.2012 | Small Business

July offered a shimmer of good news for a stagnant U.S. economy. Consumer spending, a driving force of the economy, was up 0.4 percent in July, the hi...

Every Purchase Is a Trade-Off

J.D. Roth | Posted 11.07.2012 | Money
J.D. Roth

When you spend money on one thing, you're choosing not to spend it on another. This is a key tenet of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy: You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want. When spending, we have to make choices.

What Consumers Ought to Know When Purchasing A Car

Bill Cheney | Posted 11.04.2012 | Money
Bill Cheney

Learn to repair a car, too. You can at least save on basic maintenance, and you'll have some fun along the way. And you never know how talented a mechanic you'll be.

Labor Day: Changing our Attitudes

Alan Uke | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Alan Uke

We need to change our attitudes about what kind of products we buy, and what kind of jobs are good enough for our children. We need to have a serious national discussion on the role of manufacturing and industry in creating national wealth and stability.

Life After Debt: The Other Half of the Battle

Kevin Yu | Posted 10.30.2012 | Money
Kevin Yu

Stare debt in the face and be honest with yourself. You shouldn't be ashamed of once being in debt, it happens to the best of us. So why do people fall into debt?

Parting Words of Wisdom for Your College Student This Fall

Mary Johnson | Posted 10.30.2012 | Fifty
Mary Johnson

Here are some tips to pass along to your college student for staying on track in the next four years.

Consumers Are Feeling Insecure

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Money

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly weakened in August to its lowest in nine months as Americans turned more pessimis...

Your Consumer Worth

The New York Times | Posted 10.20.2012 | Money

AMERICANS are obsessed with their scores. Credit scores, G.P.A.'s, SAT's, blood pressure and cholesterol levels -- you name it. So here's a new sco...

Rock-Bottom Prices Luring Shoppers

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 5.7 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its outlook for the full year as the wor...

Ask Consumer Spending Expert Trae Bodge A Question!

Posted 08.14.2012 | Women

I am so excited to have Trae Bodge, consumer expert and senior editor at, joining me on Mondays with Marlo. Now is your chance to ask ...

Market Continues to "Melt Up" on Talk of Open-Ended QE

Michael Farr | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Stocks are sharply higher thanks mainly to comments by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren.

Consumers Put Away The Plastic

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 10.07.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Americans cut back on credit card use in June, a sign that high unemployment and slow growth have made some more cautious about spending...

Bernanke: Americans 'Continue To Struggle'

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday that although broad measurements of the economy point to recovery...

Are You Poor If You Own A Flat-Screen?

CNN Money | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Can you really be poor if you own a flat-screen TV ... or two? Depends on whom you ask. With income inequality at the center...

Consumers Are Feeling A Bit Better

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 09.30.2012 | Money

NEW YORK — Americans breathed a bit easier about the economy in July, as a better outlook on short-term hiring and lower gas prices offset linge...

Where Our Paychecks Went In June

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 07.31.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Americans spent no more in June than they did in May, even though their income grew at the fastest pace in three months. The lack of gr...

A Mission to Self-Destruct: America's Culture of Imports

Alan Uke | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business
Alan Uke

In America, younger generations have been brought up in a culture of "free trade," where the pervasive attitude is that "industry doesn't matter." A culture of imports dominates.

Empowered Consumers Can Change The World - But Will They?

John Friedman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Chick-fil-A has done the right thing by being transparent. I believe that the more that stakeholders know about a company the better they are able to make informed decisions. Now it is up to consumers to act.