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  • Briefing Obama vs. Romney 101: 6 ways they differ on health-care reform

    Former Gov. Mitt Romney has taken a libertarian turn since championing health-care reforms in Massachusetts, including an individual mandate to purchase insurance, which became the model for President Obama's signature law. Here’s a list of areas where the candidates differ.

  • Health-care reform law will survive even if mandate doesn't, experts say

    Chaos will not ensue if the US Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate to buy health insurance, even if other parts of Obama's health-care reform law are upheld, health experts say. But premiums would be likely to rise.

  • Best buys, worst buys on Black Friday 2011

    Best buys, worst buys on Black Friday 2011

    Black Friday 2011 guide: You'll find great deals on second-tier electronics, apparel, and more, but wait a week for the best buys on all but the most popular toys. Avoid jewelry on Black Friday 2011.

  • Top 9 ways Internet access can save you money

    Top 9 ways Internet access can save you money

    Sure, access to the Internet costs you something every month. But did you ever stop to think how much money it saves? Online price comparison and access to wholesale markets and group deal sites, like livingsocial.com and Groupon, can save the average consumer $8,000 annually, according to new study from the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a coalition that lobbies to make high-speed Internet access more affordable and widely available. “Generally Internet shopping can be a big money saver,” agrees Jody Rohlena. senior editor at Shopsmart magazine, but beware of online impulse buying: “It’s important to stick to your budget and try not to go crazy.” Here are nine areas of consumer spending where the Internet can save big bucks, according to the IIA study. Can you guess which spending category is in the top spot?

  • Top 5 ways to save on a honeymoon destination

    Top 5 ways to save on a honeymoon destination

    So you’re about to tie the knot. Let me offer my congratulations! I do worry, though, about your bank account. Getting married is one of the costliest decisions of your life (financially, I mean). I remember the after-effects of our wedding on our finances … shock sums it up nicely. I don’t mean the wedding, which itself can cost a small fortune (an average $18,000, says the website Wedding Report). I mean the honeymoon. As someone who has researched honeymoon destinations and watched others decide their post-nuptials in exciting and different ways, I’ve compiled money-saving hints to keep you from incurring too much debt. Here are my Top 5 money-saving tips for a honeymoon destination:

  • Airlines with Japan destinations anxiously watch radiation levels – and ticket sales

    Global News Blog Airlines with Japan destinations anxiously watch radiation levels – and ticket sales

    Airlines operating flights to Japan are balancing concerns about their ability to keep to their schedules, keep their crew safe from radiation, and avoid losing too much money.

  • Should I take early retirement? Can a teen have a Roth IRA? How should I spend abroad?

    The Simple Dollar Should I take early retirement? Can a teen have a Roth IRA? How should I spend abroad?

    Questions from the reader mailbag.

  • Vacation is back in vogue: Where are Americans going this summer?

    Summer vacation bookings are already up from last year. What's the latest hot destination? Vegas, baby.

  • Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

    Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

    A new mouthwatering book on artisan cheeses, singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston's lastest album, History Channel's new 'American Pickers' series, and more.

  • How Congress might change the way you buy health insurance

    How Congress might change the way you buy health insurance

    All the reform bills would establish a nationwide system of government-run insurance exchanges. Here's how they'd work.