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In debt and afraid: dealing with debt collectors

It’s a scary place to be — in debt and afraid. A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. The first-ever national survey of consumer experiences with debt collectors found consumers often faced calls that came …

60 years since publication of famous travel guidebook

NEW YORK (AP) — This year the legendary travel guidebook writer Arthur Frommer celebrates 60 years since the publication of his 1957 book, “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer began writing about travel while serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950s. When his book of travel advice …

No chicken, no cafes: Egyptians scrimp as prices leap

CAIRO (AP) — Money had already been tight as food and electricity bills climbed for weeks. So Ashraf Mahrous, a 45-year-old civil servant, warned his wife, “Black days are ahead,” when Egypt floated its pound and hiked fuel prices this month. Mahrous is now looking for a side job. Rising …

Ho, ho, hold up before you spend this season

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of holiday shopping, but it’s not always as easy to foot the bill. The National Retail Federation says consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the holiday shopping season – the second highest level on record. Whether that is …