Features by David Lazarus

Americans and the vacation conundrum

American workers get the least amount of guaranteed paid holiday and vacation time compared to the rest of the world, and many don't even take their allotted time off, thanks to pressure from employers.
Posted In: vacation days, vacation

What to do if you're living next to a foreclosed home

According to one study, the average hit to a home near a foreclosed home is over $7,000 in property value. What you and your neighbors could do if an abandoned property is in the neighborhood.
Posted In: Housing, foreclosure

How to plan for passing away

It isn't always an easy subject, but what are the best ways to plan ahead for your funeral, and the money you leave behind?
Posted In: death, Inheritance

Getting Personal: Underwater - should you swim away?

L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus joins Tess to answer questions about debt mediation services and how to cope with the bank when your home is underwater.
Posted In: identity theft, debt, mortgage solicitation, underwater mortgage

When the holiday season means more waste

During the holidays, consumers generate about 25 percent more waste than the rest of the year -- that's a million tons a week of extra stuff. Here are some tips on how to try and keep the waste low.
Posted In: green, holiday, holiday shopping

The battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Republicans are trying to block the appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the CFPB in preference of a commission; Democrats say it's a fight against consumer protection.
Posted In: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray

Getting Personal: Social Security checks, choosing how to save

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus, consumer columnist for The Los Angeles Times answer listener questions.
Posted In: Wall Street, Retirement, Credit card, Jobs

Mom's got money troubles

Tess and I had our usual fun on the program this weekend, and hopefully dispensed some halfway-decent advice. But I'm still troubled by the...
Posted In: budget, credit card debt, mom


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