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Census Shows 1 in 2 People Are Poor or Low-Income

Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans %u2014 nearly 1 in 2 %u2014 have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

Rent-to-Own Is a Big Ripoff, Says Consumer Reports

No credit check, low weekly payments and carry it home today? If you think rent-to-own stores' deals are too good to be true, you're right. They're a rip-off that leave unwary consumers paying the equivalent of up to 311% interest, according to a new investigation by Consumer Reports.

My Fico score means nothing to me

I've been working with a personal finance coach as part of a magazine assignment. As a hand-to-mouth freelance writer (with two kids), my finances...