The need for early financial literacy

Julie Sherrier

In these tumultuous economic times of soaring credit card debt and home foreclosures, it’s become apparent that financial literacy is a sorely needed skill.
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Beware of tax rebate scams

Emily Crone

Tax season is the jackpot for identity thieves. Millions of documents containing personal and financial information linger in mailboxes and float about the Internet. The FTC has just released a warning to consumers about two tax-time schemes to be aware of.
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Brookstone accepts Sharper Image gift cards

Jeremy Simon

The Sharper Image says that with its declaration of bankruptcy, shoppers will no longer be able to redeem the company’s gift cards. That doesn’t mean Sharper Image gift cards no longer have value. They do — just not at the Sharper Image: Across-the-mall competitor Brookstone says it will accept Sharper Image gift cards for a 25 percent discount off any purchase in its own stores.
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Chicago transit takes plastic

Jeremy Simon

The Chicago Transit Authority said it was installing 60 express farecard vending machines that offer that chance to pay for farecards using Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express credit cards. The express farecard machines will also take debit cards that bear the logo of those issuers.
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You’re not a shopaholic — it’s just shopping momentum

Emily Crone

How often do you go shopping with the intent to purchase one item, but end up splurging on a shopping cart full of goods? Think it’s because you lack willpower or have a shopping addiction? Actually, Stanford researchers have a name for this phenomenon — shopping momentum — and it happens to the best of us.
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