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As supply chains unclog, consumers enjoy (tentative) relief

Dec. 07, 2022 10:47 AM EST

Back in January, 109 container ships waited off the California coast to unload cargo in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's two largest ports. Consumers, stuck at home amid the pandemic, had unleashed an avalanche of orders for goods that overwhelmed factories and ports. ...

Handmade holiday cards are gifts in themselves; some tips

Dec. 07, 2022 07:05 AM EST

Around this time of year, Rose Keiko Higa often finds herself making holiday cards for family and friends. An art history major at Oberlin College, in Ohio, she uses cut and layered paper to craft Christmas cards, and paints traditional Japanese New Year's cards on watercolor paper. ...

Hertz to pay $168 million in bogus theft settlement

Dec. 05, 2022 10:43 AM EST

Hertz says it will pay approximately $168 million by the end of the year to settle the majority of the lawsuits brought against the rental car company by some of its customers who were wrongly accused of stealing cars they had rented. In April Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr, who took over...

Iran morality police status unclear after 'closure' comment

Dec. 04, 2022 15:02 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Iranian lawmaker said Sunday that Iran's government is “paying attention to the people’s real demands,” state media reported, a day after a top official suggested that the country’s morality police whose conduct helped trigger months of protests has been shut down. ...

Vermont settles religious schools tuition lawsuits

Dec. 01, 2022 17:04 PM EST

The Vermont Agency of Education and several school districts will pay tuition costs and legal fees to five families to settle lawsuits challenging the state’s practice of not paying for students to attend religious schools if their towns do not have a public school. In court...

6 ways to boost your credit card rewards this holiday season

Nov. 30, 2022 09:45 AM EST

Get your wallet ready — it’s that time again with the holidays right around the corner. An estimated 91% of Americans will celebrate in some form this holiday season, a November report from the National Retail Federation shows. And for most people, celebration means spending. ...

US consumer confidence falls in November for 2nd month

Nov. 29, 2022 10:59 AM EST

U.S. consumer confidence fell for the second straight month in November amid ongoing high inflation, rising interest rates, and layoffs in the tech sector. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 100.2 this month, down from 102.2 in October....

Millennial Money: 4 reasons for thrift store gifts this year

Nov. 29, 2022 09:25 AM EST

Thrifting is hot, and Goodwill finds are cool again. But while we’re thrilled to find the perfect throwback tee for our own closet, gifting used goods still carries a stigma for some. It shouldn’t. Secondhand gifts are better for your wallet, your community and...

Cyber Monday deals lure in consumers amid high inflation

Nov. 28, 2022 17:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Days after flocking to stores on Black Friday, consumers are turning online for Cyber Monday to score more discounts on gifts and other items that have ballooned in price because of high inflation. Cyber Monday is expected to remain the year’s biggest online...

Kimberly Palmer: Holiday survival tips from 5 financial pros

Nov. 28, 2022 08:39 AM EST

For Ryan Decker, surviving the holiday shopping season is all about planning ahead. In fact, if he sees a gift for one of his two young sons in March, he’ll go ahead and buy it, instead of rushing through his shopping list in December. “It very much eases the burden,” he says,...