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My 3 Cents: When Is Food Organic vs. Natural?

Last year, grocery sales were up a modest 1.8%, yet sales of organic items more than doubled that growth rate, up 4.4%. Clearly, we're shopping differently. But are we even sure what an "organic" or "all natural" label means? It's more complicated than you might think.

Ask the Expert: 'Do I Pay Extra For Swiping My Card?'

We got lots of reaction to our article about how changes in debit and credit card swipe fees may affect you. Swipe fees are the charges retailers pay when they allow you to use plastic. One question kept coming up: "Do I pay those fees when I use my debit card?" Regina Lewis explains.

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

DailyFinance has asked you, our readers, for your personal finance questions, and many of you have responded. One popular topic of those queries has been mortgages. Today, we reply to Ed, a 57-year-old with a small equity mortgage. Should he pay it off faster, or invest his extra money elsewhere?

My Three Cents: How Much Are You Looking to Earn?

It seems like a trick question when the job interviewer asks: "How much are you looking to make?" In today's tough job market, your instinct might be to answer, "I'll take anything." But the smarter move is to do some research so you can walk into salary talks with a sense for your market value.

Private School ROI: Is the High Tuition Worth it?

Bruce Watson recently took a look at the rising cost of private high school tuition. Can you bank on getting a strong return on investment from sending your teen to one? Depends on how you measure.

Haggling for Your Health: It's Worth It to Negotiate

One of the most costly mistakes people make when it comes to medical care is assuming that using your health insurance -- if you're lucky enough to have it -- is always the best way to go. But there are times when it may just be cheaper to negotiate with your doctors and pay out of pocket.

Top Celebrity Money Mistakes

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How the Cut in Debit Card Swipe Fees Will Affect You

Banks received some long-awaited news last week: the Fed capped the fees they can charge to retailers on debit card transactions at roughly 24 cents per transaction, down from an average of 44 cents. It was better than they'd feared: The initial proposal was a 12 cent cap. But how will all those pennies add up for consumers?

3-D TV Reaches Out to Grab Reluctant Viewers

DailyFinance visited the recent 3D Entertainment Summit to find out what 3-D television has in store for us. For mainstream consumers, 3-D TV hasn't caught on just yet, but prices are falling and improvements are on the way. Watch our video report to get the latest on what's about to pop out of your screen.

My Three Cents: Family Finances, Divorce, Depression

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The Housing Bottom Is Here, Says Economist Russell Price

For nearly two years, economists and real estate experts have been on the lookout for the bottom of the housing market. That time is here, says Russell Price, a senior economist with Ameriprise Financial, a financial services company.

Muriel Siebert: After Lehman, Investors Deserve Better

Muriel Siebert, a long time advocate for the rights of investors, says that the Lehman collapse highlights how difficult it is for investors to understand balance sheets, which often are not completely truthful. But even so, she sees great opportunities for long-term investors.