Each week, WalletPop looks back on the week's top personal finance stories as it joins with CostRefuge. Here are some of those stories from last week:

Congress passed financial reform legislation intended to help benefit consumers & bring down the power of some of the nation's largest financial institutions. But does the bill do what it was intended or won't it make a difference? Ron Lieber & Tara Siegel Bernard of The New York Times break down the winners & losers and what's expected to come about for consumers as a result of the bill's passing.Many of us are stuck traveling for our jobs or business, but we can you take advantage of this travel time to do something fun with the family as well? Chris Bibey from Money Crashers looks at ways to do both sensibly and ethically.

We've all gotten them for a birthday or some other holiday -- a gift card from a store we either don't like or are never going to shop at, ever. Fortunately, there might be a solution other than letting that card collect dust. AP profiles several different websites that let you turn unwanted gift cards into cash.

One of the most frustrating parts of the job search process is, after you thought the position you really wanted was in the bag, finding out that the company picked someone else. Why wasn't it you? Outside factors or something you can control? Phil Rosenberg from reCareered takes a look at 10 reasons why you didn't get the job you were looking for.

Finally, Autocricket.com has a funny & interesting look at 10 unlucky people throughout history that probably had trouble finding insurance of any kind.

Be sure to check back next week for more of the best financial content from around the Web and visit CostRefuge.com (or follow us on Twitter @CostRefuge) for the latest news affecting your finances.



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