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Consumers Could Soon Pay a Fee on Credit Card Transactions — Dollars and Sense

Current laws prohibit merchants from adding surcharges to credit card transactions, even though the merchants themselves are dinged with fees for accepting the cards.

But thanks to a lawsuit brought by retailers against card-issuers, all that could soon change.

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New Bill Would Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax — Dollars and Sense

Online shoppers often cite the convenience of purchasing items from web retailers like Amazon, but another perk to cyber shopping is that buyers often don’t have to pay sales tax.

Thanks to a congressional bill, though, that could soon change.

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How Can Setting a Budget Actually Make You Spend More? — Dollars and Sense

People looking to buy something often set a price limit for themselves. But as new research found, that may not be such a good idea — in fact, budgeting could even make you spend more.

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Best Buy Announces Plans to Lay Off 650 Geek Squad Employees — Dollars and Sense

It looks like the Geek Squad has come across a problem it can’t solve.

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Which Credit Card Companies Have the Best — And Worst — Customer Satisfaction Records? — Dollars and Sense

Before you sign up for a new credit card, wouldn’t it be great to know which companies have the happiest customers? Thanks to a new publicly-available complaint database, now you will — and much of the work has already been done for you.

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Charitable Giving Up, But Still Less Than Pre-Recession Levels — Dollars and Sense

Money may be tight for lots of Americans, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our spirit of giving. A new study says we actually gave more to non-profits and charities in 2011 than in the year prior — but we’re still way off from the donations seen in 2007.

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How Much Money Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You? — Dollars and Sense

Savvy consumers know having a higher credit score means getting a lower interest rate and paying less over the life of a loan — but how much less?

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Is Saving Money Good for Your Health? — Dollars and Sense

Lots of people eat well and clock time at the gym to keep themselves healthy. But as it turns out, your well-being is tied to more than just your physical state.

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Brace Yourselves, Parents! The Cost of Raising a Child Just Went Up — Dollars and Sense

Pretty much everyone knows that raising a child is getting more and more expensive. But did you know that the cost of doing so went up $8,000 in just one year?

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Average American’s Net Worth Drops to a Level You Won’t Believe — Dollars and Sense

According to a study done by the Federal Reserve, the net worth of the average American family dropped a stunning 40 percent between 2007 and 2010 — mostly because of the housing crisis.

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