Smart Money magazine

Experts say be on the lookout for text massage scams during the holiday season. (Photo: CBS 2)

Don’t Get Caught By The Biggest Scams Of The Holiday Season

The holidays can bring out the best in people, but consumer advocates warn they are also bringing out the worst — from charity scams to bogus holiday e-mails phishing for your personal information.

12/07/2012

Credit cards. (credit: CBS 2)

Seen At 11: Retailers Ready To Force Consumers To Pay ‘Swipe Fee’ For Using Plastic

Paper or plastic? It’s a simple choice, but it’s about to get a lot more complicated.

07/27/2012

Home heating oil NYC

Seen At 11: Assistance Is Available To Help Offset High Heating Costs

For most of us these colder temperatures could mean higher heating bills, especially this year. But there are millions of dollars in financial help available to reduce that bill.

01/04/2012

(credit: CBS 2)

Long Island Woman Buys Christmas Presents For Nothing Using Rewards Points

Americans spend about $700 on holiday gifts each year. But believe it or not, one woman was able to buy gifts for her entire family without spending a dime.

12/17/2011

Gift Cards

Holiday Shopping: The Great Gift Card Exchange

Now there’s a way you can swap an unwanted gift card to a store you really love, or even turn it in for cash. It’s the gift card exchange.

12/16/2010

Fraudulent returns

Warning: Keep Gift Receipts Or Possibly Part With Personal Info

Hang on to those gift receipts this holiday season, because retailers are tightening up their return policies. Some stores are even getting personal, asking for more than just a receipt.

12/08/2010

Holiday Shopping (credit: CBS 2)

Staying Within Your Budget When Holiday Shopping

Now that the rush of Black Friday is behind us, there is still a lot of shopping to be done. But how can you be sure to keep in budget? Kelli Grant from Smart Money is here with some helpful ideas.

11/27/2010

Do Credit Cards Lead To Obesity?

Trying to lose weight as we head into the holidays? Maybe you should cut up your credit cards as you head to the grocery store.

11/15/2010