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  • Three best ways (and three worst ways) to finance holiday shopping

    Consumers tend to rack up a lot of credit card debt during the fourth quarter, largely due to holiday expenses. This year, by one estimate, the average holiday shopper is on track to spend around $800. For many, that means financing, which remains a double-edged sword despite historically low interest rates and an array of new consumer protections. It can either save you a lot of money in interest and fees or trip you up with caveats buried in fine print that drastically inflate your expenses. Here are three of the best and three of the worst financing offers for holiday shoppers in 2012:

  • Shopper alert! Will labor strike at L.A. ports mean bare shelves?

    The holiday inventory is already in place, but goods for the post-Christmas sales are bottled up off the coast of Los Angeles, as container ships from Asia go unattended due to a six-day labor strike.

  • Cyber Monday, Black Friday sales strong. Do they matter?

    Cyber Monday set sales records and Black Friday spending was robust. But the long Black Friday weekend is no barometer for overall holiday shopping – it may even be a negative.

  • Stocks end lower after strong week

    Stocks retreated after one of their best weeks of the year. Anxiety over the 'fiscal cliff' and European debt drove stocks down.

  • Black Friday record: Weekend sales up 13 percent

    Black Friday record pushes spending to $59 billion over four days. By extending Black Friday, retailers made it easy to shop and drew in record numbers of shoppers. 

  • Cyber Monday: deals could lead to biggest online sales day (+video)

    Cyber Monday deals are expected to rack up $1.5 billion in sales, up 20 percent from last year's Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday deals include deep discounts on televisions, major appliances, and jewelry. 

  • Cyber Monday: More firms say its OK to shop at work

    Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year, is likely to lure many workers to go online in search of Cyber Monday deals. This year, only a third of companies are blocking access to online shopping sites, according to a recent survey.

  • Black Friday: Will the 'fiscal cliff' darken the mood in the malls?

    Economists view Black Friday as a litmus test for consumer confidence, which is showing signs of weakening. Whether Washington can come to terms to avert the fiscal cliff – and tax hikes – is a wild card.

  • On Black Friday, retailers take customization to the next level

    To combat online shopping and a slow economy, more retailers are providing more convenient shipping options and providing layaway, price matching, and smart phone apps for shoppers. 

  • Six tips to get a seasonal job

    When it comes to quickly adding hundreds of thousands of workers to payrolls, nothing does the trick quite like the holidays. Companies will add hundreds of thousands of workers in the run-up to Christmas. Here are six tips to help you get one of those temporary jobs: