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Holiday Gifts For $20 Or Less

You don’t have to spend a fortune to give a quality or memorable gift.

12/17/2014

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New York Magazine Issues Apology After ‘Wall Street Whiz Kid’ Admits He Lied About $72M Fortune

Turns out, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

12/16/2014

The group 'Pay Away the Layaway' pays off layaway balances at K-Mart and other retailers in time for Christmas. (Credit: CBS2)

Group Pays Off Families’ Layaway Balances In Time For Christmas

A group has made its mission to spread Christmas kindness this holiday season, and the group is doing it one layaway at a time.

12/15/2014

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Experts Offer Tips To Reduce Your Holiday Shipping Costs

Black Friday might be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but this Monday, Dec. 15, was to be the biggest shipping day.

12/15/2014

Sen. Charles Schumer discusses airfares at a news conference on Dec. 14, 2014, in Manhatta. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Sen. Charles Schumer Wants Probe Of Airfares Amid Lower Fuel Costs

The New York Democrat says with holiday travel approaching, the high cost of flying is painfully apparent to thousands of passengers.

12/14/2014

Police in New Jersey are looking for a man who they say has stolen breast pumps from multiple Burlington Coat Factory locations. (Credit: CBS2)

Search Is On For Repeat Breast Pump Thief In New Jersey

Police say a man seen in surveillance footage looks like a shopper, but is actually a breast pump bandit.

12/10/2014

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Seen At 11: Keeping Your Credit Card Information On Lock With A ‘Security Freeze’

The “security freeze” is the number one tool to prevent crooks from stealing your credit card information. But the problem is that not many people use it.

12/10/2014

Vehicles slow for tolls before crossing the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Consumers Paying The Price For Truck Toll Hikes

While, as of this past Sunday, many drivers are paying up to $14 to cross the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the Outerbridge Crossing, the cash toll for 18-wheelers is now $114.

12/10/2014

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, center, attends a Creativity is GREAT reception at NeueHouse on Dec. 9. 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Wahl-Pool/Getty Images)

You Can Own Kate Middleton’s Style — And For Less

Kate Middleton has wowed New York City with her style. But you don’t need a royal bank account to dress like the duchess.

12/09/2014

A new line of beauty products has been designed to protect users from pollution. (Credit: CBS2)

Seen At 11: New Beauty Products Promise Protection From Pollution

A recent study found 34% of women polled worry about what pollution is doing to their skin. Now, the beauty industry is also taking notice.

12/08/2014

An employee rings up sales at a cash register at a  Walmart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles on Black Friday, November 29, 2013. US stocks Friday moved higher in a holiday-shortened session following better eurozone economic data and positive early assessments of "Black Friday" shopping traffic by some leading retailers.    AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck

Expert: Holiday Shoppers Need To Read The Fine Print Before Jumping On Dazzling Deals

Holiday shopping may not be for the faint of heart, and the dazzling deals out there sometimes come with fine print that shoppers should read.

12/08/2014

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AAA: Gas Prices Likely To Stay Low Through Winter

Those traveling by car this holiday season can breathe a little easier, and with a heavier wallet.

12/06/2014

A horse-drawn carriage is ridden near Central Park.  (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Cabbie Chaos

Before Bill de Blasio bans carriage horses, he’s trying his hand at horse trading.

12/05/2014

Eileen Joyce

Seniors Seeing Student Loan Payments Taken Out Of Social Security Checks

Millions of Americans are having difficulty paying off their student loans, and some senior citizens are finding out what happens if they default on those loans.

12/04/2014

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Recreational Drones Are A Hot Holiday Item, But They Could Land Users In Legal Trouble

Recreational drones are a hot ticket item this holiday season, but there are things you need to know to operate the unmanned aircraft without getting into legal trouble.

12/02/2014