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Why a home equity loan is a smart choice as rates rise

Plain-and-simple home equity loans, with the security of a locked-in interest rate that never changes, are yesterday’s news. But as the economy improves and interest rates rebound, you may have to go throwback if you want to access some of your home's value.

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Here's how meal kits stack up on cost

Meal kits like Blue Apron, Plated and HelloFresh let you skip the shopping and the recipe research. Here's how much they cost.

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Why industry experts are excited by a new food label

The new industry-wide action is the latest effort to tackle food waste, which is receiving increased attention from lawmakers and policy advocates across the country.

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How to set up your kids with excellent credit

When I learned my baby sister's credit score was almost as high is mine, I was floored. Here's how my parents set her up with near-perfect credit by the time she graduated high school.

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Return of a 'free' in-flight meal: Can it help Delta win customers?

As airlines continue to compete for customers, free meals are making a comeback on Delta. The focus on the in-flight experience reflects changing customer values.

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How school gardens can teach skills and unify communities

Learning gardens give students the opportunity not only to learn firsthand where their food comes from, but also to learn skills in food production.

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How Kansas became one of the fastest-growing electric-car markets in the country

When it comes to promoting electric cars, California is rightfully viewed as the most active. But a charging-infrastructure program launched two years ago by Kansas City Power & Light is taking off.

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How automating your finances can save you money

One of the best ways to painlessly meet your long-term financial goals is to set up an automatic system that distributes your paycheck where it needs to go, toward bills, savings accounts, and emergency funds.

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Why Unilever rejected Kraft's proposal for the second-biggest merger ever

The packaged-food industry is in a rough spot. A combined Kraft Heinz and Unilever would create a global behemoth. 

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Household debt nears an all-time high. What's behind the rise?

Debt levels are nearing those seen at the verge of the Great Recession. Their composition is different this time, though.

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7 ways to lower your cable bill

Cable bill increases can really hurt, especially considering that the average cable bill already tops $100 per month. But you can take control of your budget and your cable bill. 

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How to increase your chances of getting approved for a small business loan

As most seasoned small business owners know, getting financing can be difficult. Here's what you should do to increase your chances of getting approved.

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How spending the day on Facebook can help you land your next job

Facebook's new features connect businesses with jobseekers, simplifying a tedious process and possibly changing the way people think about the job search.

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Can new labels take a bite out of food waste? (+video)

The current system of date-labeling emerged haphazardly and doesn't accurately reflect food safety, trade groups say.

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Boeing workers overwhelmingly reject union, in another blow to labor

While the outcome was expected in the nation's most staunchly anti-union state, it's a reminder of the ongoing decline of the organized labor across America.

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Why popular European grocer Lidl is entering the US market

Germany's Lidl says it will open 120 high-quality, low-price stores on the US East Coast by the end of 2018. 

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6 ways to keep a ticket off your driving record

The best way to avoid paying a higher insurance premium over a speeding ticket is to keep the ticket off your driving record. You can do this by contesting it, or by taking several other measures in court to kill it.

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Promised delays of federal tax refunds have delayed filing, too

February 15 was the first day those who claim either the EITC or the ACTC could have received their 2016 tax refunds. This is several weeks later than in past years.

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Retails sales tick up in January, as consumer confidence grows

US retail sales reached $472.1 billion in January and beat estimates with a 0.4 percentage increase, the Commerce Department says. 

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Automakers ask government to relax some rules for self-driving cars

General Motors, Toyota, and Volvo are among the carmakers who told a House committee that granting exemptions for self-driving cars to test on public roadways could help them and tech firms speed development.

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