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Ask the Expert: Celebrating Your Financial Victories

In addition to chasing down answers to our readers' questions, we love to hear about your firsthand experiences with weathering this economic storm. And when we asked "Will you be better off next year?" at least one reader weighed in with a resounding "Yes!"

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?

My Three Cents: Saving on Groceries, Where the Jobs Are

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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.

Why Teeny Bikinis Have Such Big Price Tags

Summer is here, which means for many of us, it's time for a new swimsuit. But as they hunt for a suit that truly suits, many women have to wonder: How is it that two-pieces can be so expensive when they're so tiny? DailyFinance columnist Loren Berlin dove into the clothing biz and came up with the answers.

Workers' Rights 100 Years After the Triangle Fire

A century after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 seamstresses in New York, worker protections are eroding around the world. As government and corporate interests from Bangladesh to Wisconsin wage war on the rights of labor, have the lessons of the Triangle disaster been forgotten?

Skip the Diploma? Eight Alternatives to College

When James Altucher tells people not to send their kids to college, they often ask: "So, what else should they do?" Here, Altucher comes up with some alternatives, from seeing the world to starting up a business to mastering stand-up comedy. And he begins to wonder, himself, "What if...?"

New York's Tallest Building Is Now One of Its Greenest

The Empire State Building is perhaps best remembered as the site of King Kong's last stand, but in real life, the monkey on the building's back wasn't a giant gorilla -- it was a giant electricity bill. But that was before one of the most remarkable green renovations ever undertaken.

States, E-Tailers Clash Over Sales Tax

is your state considering imposing an Internet sales tax? Faced with staggering budget deficits, many states are proposing legislation that will force out-of-state retailers to collect state sales tax from online shoppers.

Ian Bremmer Talks Global Politics and Investing Pitfalls

Most Wall Street experts are far better equipped to analyze corporate risks rather than political ones. But today, it's political unrest in the Middle East and beyond that's driving world markets. So we asked Ian Bremmer, president of political risk consultancy The Eurasia Group, to break down the major developments and what investors should expect.

10 Unusual Things About Steve Jobs

You only get to be an artist like Steve Jobs by turning everything in your life upside down, by making horrible, ugly, mistakes, and by cheating and lying. As I dug deeper into Jobs' life I discovered things about him I could never have imagined.

Jean Chatzky: Reduce Your Debt Before Interest Rates Soar

If you are sitting on a lot of debt, you need to take action quickly. Personal Finance expert Jean Chatzky explains that interest rates will rise so it's important that you take steps now. In this video, Chatzky explains how to get started.

Face-Off on Stocks: Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Barrick Gold [Video]

Can you profit from the turmoil in the Middle East? Oil is now flirting around $100 a barrel and gold is continuing its upward trend. For investors, this could present an opportunity in oil and gold stocks. Here is the bull and bear take on three stocks that could rise on Mideast unrest.

Startup Covestor Combines Social Networking With Investing

Covestor lets its users easily mirror the portfolios of other successful investors. On the other hand, investors who want to showcase the stock-picking work they've done and build up their portfolios can use the technology to earn a following -- and get compensated in the process. Covestor's Simon Veingard explains.

This Gift-Tax Change Is a Huge Gift -- If You're Wealthy Enough

A temporary change in the tax code is creating a sweet opportunity. Through 2012, the amount you can give in tax-free gifts jumps from $1 million to $5 million. In this video, Kevin Sanderford, principal of Colorado West Investments, explains how you can take advantage of this "huge opportunity."

Jean Chatzky: Beware, the Cost of Identity Theft Is Soaring

While the number of incidents of identity theft has dropped, the cost to get your identity back is rising. Personal Finance expert Jean Chatzky explains who is after your identity (it could be someone you know) and gives great advice on steps you must take now to protect yourself.

How New York Lifted the Microdistillery Industry's Spirits

Following on the success of a 1976 farm-winery law that paved the way for a strong winery industry, the state legislature created a distilling permit in 2002 and expanded it in 2007. New York now has 18 microdistilleries that are pumping new life into the local economy.

Face-Off on Stocks: Hershey, American Greetings, Blue Nile

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but an expected boost in sweetheart-holiday spending could still help a few stocks show your portfolio some love over the longer term. Here are the bull and bear cases for three companies that stand to see at least some benefit Cupid's arrow.