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Holiday Shopping Calendar: Your List of the Best Days to Buy

Black Friday has been around for decades, but in the last several years, the holiday shopping season has gained a number of additional "special" shopping days. So if you're looking for the right days for deals, (or when to avoid the crowds) here's a run-down of all the retail deal days worth knowing.

Are Comic Books a Smart Investment?

Rising enthusiasm for comic books has led some to view them as an investment like rare baseball cards or stamps. There's good reason for this: History shows that hard-to-find comics can command huge sums. But should you put your money in the hands of superheroes?

7 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Develop Good Money Habits

Low interest rates have made convincing kids to open savings accounts a tougher sell. You can't just tell a 9-year-old to save because it's good for her -- you need an incentive, like prospect of a great return. So here are seven ideas to help your kids profitably put their money to work.

Follow the Money: 5 Extremely Cash-Rich Stocks

Now that earnings season is winding down, we can direct our attention to other measures of a company's worth -- things like having boatloads of cash on hand, good free cash flow, and strong earnings per share growth. Here are five companies that look great based on those criteria.

Your Smartphone as Your Wallet: 3 Companies That Will Cash In

The smartphone revolution is well under way, and its latest advances could eventually let it replace your wallet. But the adoption of these new technologies can do more than reshape how you pay for purchases -- it can also pay off for your portfolio.

Growing with Kabbage: Lender Gives Online Businesses a Break

For Web-based small businesses, finding the money to expand can be a real challenge, especially in these times of tight credit. Enter Kabbage, an online financing company that bases its business lending criteria on Web-oriented benchmarks.

How Much Weirdness Can You Buy for $5?

Welcome to a deeply bizarre corner of America's rapidly growing freelance economy: Fiverr, an online marketplace where nearly any small service you can imagine is available cheap, from tech support to Spongebob Squarepants imitations.

Woman Trying to Sell Her Soul on eBay

People can sell their souls on eBay? A New Mexico woman named Lori is doing just that, and bidding has already jumped from $100 to $405 in just a day. But this auction doesn't appear to be about the money.

Wrecks to Riches: Hunting Billions in Sunken Treasure

In the Mediterranean waters near Giglio, treasure hunters are preparing to dive after the lost loot of the Costa Concordia. But the riches that went down with that cruise ship pale next to what one wreck hunter thinks he's found off the coast of Massachusetts: $3 billion in platinum.

What to Watch This Week: New CEOs, Cars, Homes, Tech

It'll be an interesting week in the news of the new: Yahoo has a fresh CEO, auto shows and the CES will show off the latest in cars and tech, and a major homebuilder will tell us how new construction is doing. (Oh, and JP Morgan will give us a clue about how the banks are faring.)

Murderabilia: The Online Market for Killers' Artifacts

Anyone who ever enjoyed a horror film knows the fascination a gruesome death can provoke. But no fictional horror can produce the frisson generated by the items for sale on websites like SerialKillersInk.net and MurderAuction.com: Real artifacts and artwork from the crime scenes and prison cells of the world's most famous serial killers.

The Truth About Storage Auctions: More Trash, Less Treasure

Attention "Storage Wars" fans: Though the hit cable-TV show does give viewers an idea of what goes on at the auctions, it doesn't give the entire picture. The odds of you striking it rich at a storage auction are slim, and there are plenty of ways for the novice buyer to lose his shirt.

Help Your Kids Save While They're Still in School

So your resident college student is knee-deep in student loans, tuition, fees and rent payments. But infusing her bank account will sap the funds you have earmarked for your retirement. What's a concerned parent to do? Help her start building up some savings of her own. Here's how:

Don't Resort to Crime to Cover Your Wedding Costs

Desperate for cash to pay for their wedding, a Pennsylvania couple allegedly stripped more than $7,000 worth of copper from utility poles and sold it. We all know how expensive weddings can get, but there are better solutions than crime -- among them, these tips for cutting down wedding costs.

Investing in Comic Books for Fun and Profit: Super, Man!

Why not let a superhero save you from the evil economy? Investing in comic books can be a recession-proof path to steady returns, according to experts at last weekend's New York Comic Con. Just don't let ignorance be your kryptonite.

Millions at Risk of Falling into the 'Mortgage Gap'

If you lost your job how long could you continue to pay your mortgage? For two out of three homeowners, the answer is: Not as long as the average time it takes to find a new employer. If you're one of them, we have expert advice on building up a safety net that will help you stay ahead of the falling economy.

Missoni Buzz Overwhelms Target Stores, Website

Target strategically built a wave of buzz around Tuesday's launch of the Missoni for Target line, but the retailer was unprepared for what it created: Mob scenes in stores and a surge that crashed its website for more than a day. So was the near instant sellout a success, or a PR mess?

Selling 9/11: The Strange Market for Relics of Tragedy

As America prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, eBay is seeing a surge in sales of relics and memorabilia from the World Trade Center and the terrorist attacks, fueled partly by speculators, and partly by our desire to connect with history, however painful.

Get Cash for Your Gold Without Being Cheated

Gold prices are up again, and floating near an all-time high: That means bad news for the overall economy, but good news if you have unwanted jewelry and want to cash in. But be careful: It's also a good time to get cheated. DailyFinance explains how to get the best price for your gold.