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School Backpacks to Ease the Load and the Budget

The backpack is the key piece of gear as your kids return to school this fall. What they want is something cool that holds everything; what you want is durable and within your budget. The good news: Both of you can get what you want.

Joe Mantegna of Cars 2 Is Driven to Be Money-Smart

Actor Joe Mantegna has made a living at make-believe for more than 40 years. But though he could probably afford to splurge, he swears by a get-real financial credo. "Always live within your means," said Mantegna, the voice of Grem the mobster in "Cars 2," which opens Friday.

Cars 2 Could Lap the Field in the Movie Toy Race

Cars 2 doesn't open until June 24, but its toy line is already revving up the summer movie-toy season. Sales of Cars 2 merchandise will surpass Disney's entire Toy Story franchise within 12 months, predicted Jim Silver, editor in chief of TimetoPlaymag.com.