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Consumers

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  • Chicagoans choose healthy food over junk in vending-machines: study

    Chicagoans choose healthy food over junk in vending-machines: study
    Chicagoans feeding dollars into park vending machines are buying granola bars and dried fruit instead of mini donuts and cheesy potato chips — and they’re not complaining, according to a study by Northwestern University researchers released...
  • The taxi wars [Editorial]

    The taxi wars  [Editorial]
    The Maryland Public Service Commission's decision this week to classify the ride-sharing service Uber as a common carrier is probably not the end of the story as to whether the company will continue its operations in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Uber has...
  • Fed survey: 40% of households show signs of financial stress

    Four out of 10 American households were straining financially five years after the Great Recession -- many struggling with tight credit, education debt and retirement issues, according to a new Federal Reserve survey of consumers. The Fed study shows...
  • Kevin Hunt: Back-To-School Financial Aid Scam; E-Zpass 'Unpaid Toll' Virus

    Kevin Hunt: Back-To-School Financial Aid Scam; E-Zpass 'Unpaid Toll' Virus
    Summer's not the time to relax, at least when the next phone call, email or letter could be part of a criminal conspiracy to steal your money, your identity or threaten to send your children to foster care. Do not resume normal leisure activities...
  • Many Americans are still struggling financially

     Many Americans are still struggling financially
     Four in 10 U.S. households are straining financially five years after the Great Recession — many struggling with tight credit, soaring education debt and profound issues related to savings and retirement, according to a new Federal Reserve survey....
  • Tips for keeping medication costs down

    Tips for keeping medication costs down
    Amanda Greene relies on lidocaine patches to help manage the chronic pain that her Lupus causes. The anesthetic is available as a generic drug, typically sold at a substantially lower price. But this year, the 47-year-old Culver City resident says she's...
  • Tax-free shopping starts Sunday

    Tax-free shopping starts Sunday
    Maryland stands to lose about $5 million in tax revenue next week. And that's just fine with the state's chief tax collector, Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot said the state's annual tax-free shopping week, which starts Sunday, gives a boost to...
  • FICO changes may save consumers billions -- but not soon, experts say

    FICO changes may save consumers billions -- but not soon, experts say
    America’s most widely used credit-scoring system is being revised to reduce the negative effect of overdue medical bills and to quit penalizing consumers who pay off debts that had been assigned to collection agencies. The changes to the hugely...
  • First half of 2014 helps gauge area housing market

    First half of 2014 helps gauge area housing market
    Housing market results from the year's first half are in the books, providing researchers and prognosticators with a dizzying amount of data to crunch to figure out where the market is headed. Look at enough of it, and believe me, I do, and a few...
  • Consumer spending high in Maryland, but so is income

    Consumer spending high in Maryland, but so is income
    Maryland might be a relatively pricey place to live, but the average resident can afford it — and then some. That's what a first-ever breakdown of consumer spending by state suggests. Per-person spending on goods and services for Maryland...
  • American Apparel, others try to profit from domestic production

    American Apparel, others try to profit from domestic production
    A young woman named Mariona lounges on her knees and forearms. She wears a provocative expression and tight red American Apparel booty shorts. The advertisement's headline: "Made in USA — Sweatshop Free." The ads sell a racy image, but just as...