CON BLACK FRIDAY, HOW TO CUT THROUGH THE HYPE AND SAVE MONEY
In one recent survey, 14 percent of Black Friday sale items had the same price or were more expensive when compared with their pre-Black Friday prices. There are plenty of bargains out there, but you’ve got to do your homework.
 
CONSUMER GROUP CLAIMS MOST U.S. CANCER CENTERS USE MISLEADING ADS
A consumer watchdog group claims the ads for some of the country’s biggest and most prestigious cancer treatment centers are misleading because they don't disclose that the results are atypical for someone with this form of cancer.
 
THE PROS & CONS OF GETTING A STORE CREDIT CARD
Expect to get pitched to open a store credit card every time you’re at the checkout counter this holiday shopping season. You’ll get rewarded for the loyalty, but watch out for the sky-high interest rates.
 
SAVE FOR YOUR RETIREMENT OR YOUR KID'S COLLEGE, WHICH ONE TAKES PRIORITY? HERE'S THE MATH
You want to help your kids – especially with the staggering cost of college – but if you delay contributing to your retirement savings in order to fund their higher education, you could run out of money in your golden years. What then?
 
BANK FEES COSTING YOU HUNDREDS? HERE ARE SOME EASY WAYS TO AVOID THEM
You work hard for your money. Don’t waste it on needless bank fees. Three of the most common ones — monthly checking account maintenance fees, overdraft charges and out-of-network ATM fees — can all be avoided
 
WHY NEW & SAFER VAPING DEVICES (THAT DON'T EXPLODE) WON'T BE SOLD IN U.S.
The first vaping products designed to prevent fires and explosions — and safety certified by UL — are scheduled to hit the market in a few weeks. While these redesigned electronic cigarettes will be available in Canada, they won’t be sold in the United States. Why?
 
THE BEST WAY TO FINANCE YOUR NEW IPHONE XS OR XS MAX
Shelling out $1,000 or more for a smartphone isn’t something everyone can afford, but you don’t have to pay full price. The major wireless carriers are aggressively promoting these new iPhones. Here’s are some of the deals currently available.
 
WORRIED ABOUT DATA BREACHES? NOW YOU CAN FREEZE YOUR CREDIT FOR FREE
Freezing your files at the big three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — is one of the best ways to protect yourself from financial identity theft. It stops criminals from opening new accounts in your name. And now, you can do this for free.
 
PET INSURANCE: HOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE AND COVERAGE
More people are buying pet insurance. Be advised: Policies and premium vary greatly from company to company. Checkbook.org analyzed the the offerings from 9 major insurance companies and found two that were the picks of the litter. (Picture is my dog, Sam)
 
SCAMMERS USE FAKE CHECKS TO STEAL TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR
Check fraud is a huge problem: As many as 500,000 Americans were burned by fake check scams last year, with the average victim losing about $1,200, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau. Here's how they do it and how to protect yourself.

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