Even thrifty parents can pile presents under the tree November 29, 2012
Federal judge okays MoneyGram fraud deal November 29, 2012
Legalized pot probably won't make it to campus November 28, 2012
Getting your spending under control doesn't have to mean no presents under the tree, writes personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary. One tried-and-true cheap gift is the gift coupon for your services, such as free housework for a week.
Just keep in mind that there's always a danger that Aunt Stella will actually want to collect on her Free Foot Massage coupon.
Shark trap: A judge in central Pennsylvania has approved a settlement of fraud charges against payday lender and pawn shop giant MoneyGram International Inc.
MoneyGram has to pay $100 million into a victims' compensation fund. For collateral, it offered a dented 1997 Saturn SL, a made-in-China copy of a Fender Stratocaster, and the air compressor the CEO borrowed from his brother-in-law last year and never returned.
Yeah, right: Marijuana legalization is problematic in the very place where one would think it would be greeted most warmly: Washington's college campuses. That's because in exchange for the millions of dollars from the federal government, colleges must promise to be drug-free.
Fun fact: The only vow that is more frequently violated is the one exchanged at weddings.
-- Mark Carlson, Herald staff
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