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Surviving an Accidental Retirement

Lots of folks have reached retirement by surprise, thanks to the Great Recession. So, if you're scrambling to come up with a Plan B and plug the financial gap created by an unexpectedly early end to your career, here are some good ideas.

From Colorado Springs: Lessons for America's Budget-Cutters

Some communities question if they can function along the Spartan economic guidelines touted by Tea Party activists. One place those municipal leaders might want to examine is Colorado's second-largest city. It's a laboratory in draconian fiscal conservatism.

Consumer Debt Jumps, But Credit Card Use Falls

U.S. consumers appear to be getting bit less frugal: The amount of consumer credit in use unexpectedly rose in October for the second straight month. But the whole rise came from non-revolving debt, which includes auto loans and personal loans, while revolving debt, which includes credit cards, plunged.

More Gen Xers Are Pinching Pennies, Harris Poll Shows

A recent poll shows that penny-pinching is still on the rise in the wake of the Great Recession: 62% of American surveyed are buying more generic brands, and 45% are brown-bagging lunch to save cash. Moreover, the direction of the poll numbers suggests permanent changes in the way Americans spend.

The Upside: Cost cut your haircut

I'm not a hairdresser, but I am gay, which is similar. So I can say with some authority that you can cut costs by cutting your own hair. The easiest...

Frugal fatigue makes me tired

Dear America: the Recession is not, like Lent, over in six weeks, and it's OK to cheat on Sundays. This USA Today article claims that people are so...