Sports video cameras are getting cheaper and tinier just in time to stuff into holiday stockings. The new breed of "helmet cams" are about 1.5 inches wide and 3 to 6 inches long, weigh less than a pound and can strap onto snowboards, handlebars or anything else that moves with you.
It's that time of year when workers choose their health-insurance plans for 2006, and if you think "open season" refers to your wallet, you're not wrong.Employers are heaping bigger premiums, more copays and higher deductibles onto their employees to hold their own costs down.
Good credit counseling is hard to find, and it's about to get even harder. The new bankruptcy law requires that consumers seek credit counseling before declaring bankruptcy, and that--on top of near-record debt levels--is raising demand.You don't have to be broke to see a counselor.
All those new cell-phone deals look great, but... too bad you're saddled with your old plan for another 23 months. If it weren't for those ridiculously high early-termination fees--they average $170--almost half of all cell-phone users would switch, a consumer group said recently.
New web sites are springing up for business travelers who want to see all their options before booking a flight. Both expertflyer.com and itasoftware.com give travelers a level of pricing detail they just wouldn't get from the more general travel Web sites, such as Expedia or Orbitz. "We're for the road warriors, the business travelers and frequent fliers who have some status in their programs," says Chris Lopinto of ExpertFlyer.What really sets these two sites apart is their comprehensiveness:...
With business travel back to pre-9/11 levels, more companies are paying attention to their travel managers. The job has evolved from travel agent to a strategic policy position focused on the security and productivity of traveling workers, says Suzanne Fletcher, president of the National Business Travel Association and travel manager at Weyerhaeuser.
If a Salt Lake City nonprofit has its way, everyone in the world will be able to use DNA to find his or her forebears. The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is building a huge database of family trees and DNA samples in hopes of demonstrating worldwide biological connections.
Some people live to travel, and some people travel... just to amass frequent-flyer miles. It's a small subculture of road warriors who think it makes sense to go to Singapore for the weekend to snag those double bonus deals, but they've definitely figured out all the angles.
You've got four solid months to position yourself for the lowest possible tax bill. Why not use the fall to get ready? That tax preparer who was too busy to chat in April is available for a consult now. "You'll get them at their best, rather than worst," says Mark Luscombe of CCH Inc., a Riverwoods, Ill., tax-research firm.
You know you want a motorcycle on a beautiful summer day. But you can't really ride easy if you're spending too much money to insure it.Motorcycle enthusiasts can spend hundreds of extra dollars to cover bikes that are frequently stolen or crashed, says Progressive Group, which conducted a survey.
This year, your summer vacation may make you nostalgic... for last year. Ah, good old 2004, when airlines were desperate and gasoline was $1.98 a gallon. In 2005, Americans are traveling in record numbers, and the hotels and airlines are celebrating with price increases topping 4 percent. "Every sector of the travel industry will be up, up, up," says Suzanne Cook of the Travel Industry Association of America.
If you've been sick recently, you know that dealing with all the doctors' bills and insurance forms can quickly give you a relapse. Now financial-software maker Intuit has released a program to help sort it all out.Quicken Medical Expense Manager ($49.95; quicken medical.com, for Windows computers) organizes health records, prescriptions and charges.