Wednesday's Personal Finance stories
- Itching to vacation? Air deals are rampant
- Textbook rentals save college students money
- Why you see shorts and winter coats in stores now
- School nurses are in short supply
- Employers slow to resume 401(k) matches
For $200 a ticket, we would have jumped on a flight. Maybe.
O.K. We weren't really going to go at all. I suggested it on the spur of the moment, and my husband's response was, "Go to New York later this month?" But it was fun to dream. For more on airfares, read Jennifer Waters's story today for a look at how there are plenty of great deals right now, but they're not likely to last long.
Plus, if you've got kids going to college, don't miss Jonathan Burton's story on how renting textbooks can save you money.
And read Andria Cheng's story to find out why you're seeing summer shorts displayed next to pea coats in retail stores this month. To my mind, it's about time retailers figured out that -- even as late as August -- some people would like a better summer-clothes selection. Of course, this particular August, in San Francisco? All we need are pea coats. Brrr.
-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
If you have been holding out on a summer vacation for that special deal, your ship might be in if you act fast.
See story on itching to vacation? Air deals are rampant but act fast.
Leisure travel is one of the most-discretionary of expenses, and one of the first to be cut by consumers looking reduce spending when the economy turns soft.
See story on Priceline's performance says travel demand is heating up.
Ashley Ornellas found a way to lower those stratospheric college costs. She no longer buys textbooks for her classes. But Ornellas isn't forced to beg, borrow and copy. Instead, the business management major at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., is among a growing number of college students who've decided that buying textbooks doesn't pay when you can rent.
See Jonathan Burton's Life Savings on textbook rentals save college students money.
If you shopped at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. this time last year, you'd likely find shorts in the back of the store, on clearance and with few sizes left. You'll have better luck this year: shorts are laid out near the front, in a well-stocked mix of full-price and specially-targeted promotions.
See story on retailers' new focus: what you want, when you want it.
Whether your child is in good health or not, a registered nurse at school can recognize medical issues you may have missed and be a powerful advocate to ensure your school has life-saving equipment.
See story on school nurses are in short supply - what parents need to know.
Roughly a year into the current economic expansion, U.S. corporations and their shareholders are enjoying surging profits and rising dividends--yet many employees are still waiting for the restoration of one of their most important benefits, the 401(k) match.
See story on employers slow to resume 401(k) matches.
The stock market will get a major boost at the end of this week. That's when Congress' August recess begins, and it isn't scheduled to go back in session until after Labor Day.
See story on how Congress' recess affects the stock market.
Changes in the market, the economy, tax rules and more raise a lot of interesting questions for consumers and investors. Here are a few of them, all from my mailbag:
See story on don't rush into tax-selling moves now.
A little-known but significant consequence of the financial crisis is that U.S. money-market funds have been forced to buy European bank debt in dramatically higher proportions.
See story on money-market funds keep greater European exposure.
The dreaded "D" word is back in circulation, and I don't mean "depression." Having skirted that potential calamity, the worry for policy makers and investors now is deflation.
See story on defending yourself against deflation.
Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett said Wednesday that 40 of America's richest people publicly pledged to give away at least half their money to charity, a move that could pump about $60 billion into the world of philanthropy.
See story on Buffett woos America's rich into $60 billion pledge.
U.S. private-sector employment rose 42,000 in July for the sixth consecutive monthly gain, but the pace of hiring remains weak, according to the employment report from payrolls processing firm ADP released Wednesday.
See story on U.S. employment up 42,000 in July.
The rich have broken their side of the bargain. Here's how it's supposed to work: The super-rich accumulate vast fortunes and spend some of it conspicuously (thank you, Chelsea) while the rest of us emulate them, envy them and gossip about them. In return, all they have to do is keep the rest of us gainfully employed by investing their savings wisely.
See story on face it, wealth is wasted on the wealthy.
An idea that could create a massive refinance wave -- and a back-door stimulus program to boost consumer spending -- is generating debate among investment bank analysts in New York and in Washington policy circles.
See story on could the government create a backdoor stimulus?
A bill that would give $26 billion in aid to cash-strapped state and local governments cleared a Senate hurdle Wednesday.
See story on bill to aid cash-strapped states advances in Senate.
When Barack Obama gave his first Oval Office speech in June about the Gulf oil crisis, critics pounced on him for pitching it over the heads of his audience.
See story on is Obama too smart to run the country?
Bipartisan support is building for a repeal of a little-known tax rule in President Barack Obama's signature health-care law that has drawn the ire of small businesses around the country.
See story on pressure builds on Congress to junk 'nightmare' tax rule.
The federal government may lift a ban on drilling in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a Nov. 30 deadline, the nation's top regulator of the oil and gas industry said Tuesday.
See story on Feds may end oil-drilling ban soon.