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Sony vs. Samsung: Whose TV belongs in your living room?

Who makes the best HDTV: LG or Samsung? Samsung or Sony? Toshiba or Panasonic? We hear these questions <i>all the time</i>. So, if those questions are so …

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How to Check Your Credit Reports for Free

When you apply for a credit card, loan or mortgage, the bank will check your credit history before making a decision to lend you the money. In some …

How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?

We’re all looking for a way to secure a future. It’s common to have dreams of a good retirement, with plenty of money to enjoy life. However, you …

Retirement

A simple way to track your spending

One of the key habits of financial success is living within your means and knowing how much you spend every paycheque, every month, or every year. In …

Save on Insurance by Increasing Your Deductible

Insurance is one of those necessary evils that we purchase to protect our assets. Without insurance, it’s possible that a loss involving a major (and …

Ultimate Guide to European Rail Passes

Whether you're a twenty-something backpacker or retirees who've finally made the time to see the world, traveling across Europe by rail is a right of …

Trains

24 Hours in Athens, Greece

"You really don't need more than a day in Athens."<p>Everyone says it. Whether it is true or not, Athens is the red headed stepchild of the Greek Islands. I personally believe that any city can be exciting and fun if you know the right places to visit and where to eat, but with my flight schedule …

Athens

Eastern Townships

TravelPlaces of a Lifetime<p>It seems fitting that the Eastern Townships originated in 1796 when the British granted land to Loyalists fleeing the United States after the American Revolution. Today, this region, which borders the U.S. for more than 186 miles, is a popular all-season vacation …

Three Days in Quebec City

Travel<p>Here's how to plan the perfect long weekend in this historic Canadian destination.<p>Winters in Canada can be strong, so Quebecers are among the first to hit the streets in the spring to dance in the sunshine at festivals and relax on café patios. Join them and it won’t be long before you too …

European Travel

Top 10 I Heart Quebec City: Food and Drink

Find out where to get the best tasty treats in Quebec City.<p>Tell someone who has been to Quebec City that you’re planning a trip there and, if they love you, they’ll begin to share all of the reasons you should eat from dawn until dusk. With foodie routes celebrating everything from cheese to wine …

10 Ways to Survive a Long Flight

No matter what you do, being stuck inside a metal tube in coach class for hours is going to suck. You're not going to sleep well, unless you're one of those bizarre people who can sleep anywhere, in which case, I'm incredibly jealous. Your skin will be dried out. Your muscles will ache. You'll feel …

I Heart Quebec City

Travel<p>Get tips for exploring Quebec City like a local.<p>For more than 400 years stone walls and cobblestone streets have welcomed travelers to one of Canada’s oldest cities and the only remaining fortified city north of Mexico. The striking ramparts, bastions, and gates mark the entrance to the …

10 Hotel Booking Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making

<i>(Photo: Getty Images/E+)</i><p>Booking a hotel seems pretty straightforward, right? And most times it is: Pick a destination, choose your dates, enter payment info, and voila, happy travels!<p>However, there are some big blunders you could be making when it comes to hotel reservations. From booking on the …

Hospitality

Gaspé Peninsula

TravelPlaces of a Lifetime<p>Rising dramatically from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, massive, sheer Percé Rock towers off the tip of <b>Quebec's</b> Gaspé Peninsula like a ship at sea. This rugged, windswept region spans 11,714 square miles and is split into five natural areas: the Coast, Land's End, the Chaleur …

Road Trip: Central Greece

The winding roads of central Greece have captivated ancient kings, Olympians, Zeus, and Hollywood.<p><i>From the October 2011 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler<p>In the annals of ancient combat, central Greece looms large. Notably, in 480 B.C., a small but resolute Greek army held off hundreds of …

6 Ways to Hack Your Travel

<i>Our Saavy Traveler series for tips and tricks to travel like an expert.</i><p>Travel can be tricky. There's a lot to plan -- where to stay? what to see? what to eat? -- and everything costs money. Lots of it. Even the most frugal individual can find themselves (and their wallets) overwhelmed by something …

Credit Cards

Affordable Greece

Think Greece and conjure up images of white-washed villages cascading down hillsides, azure seas sparkling in bright sunshine and powder-soft white sand beaches. A visit to this special country is a lifelong dream for many, as it delivers an astounding array of breathtaking landscapes, ancient …

Sicily! Wine, Culinary & Cultural Explorations (PHOTOS)

My quads winced stepping onto the tall ancient stone platform of the desolated Doric temple, known as Temple E. Surrounded by towering antiquated limestone columns, it was once part of five sacred Greek temples and an acropolis, now the Selinunte Greek Temple Ruins, in Trapani province, on the …

Italy

Airlines Change the Carry-on Rules

Recently I had a very unpleasant surprise in the TSA line at New York's JFK airport. No, they did not do a touchy-feely pat-down or confiscate something.<p>Just before actually getting to the TSA agent's podium, a red-jacketed person (who I believe was hired by American Airlines as a subcontractor but …

Health Risks On Cruise Ships | What To Do - Consumer Reports News

From aqua parks to Michelin star chefs, cruise lines aren’t shy about advertising their high-end amenities. But what the ads don’t reveal is that the …

Know the Secret Costco Price Codes to Save Even More Money

The price signs at Costco will clue you in to the best deals and help you save even more money at the warehouse store.<p>In an incredibly detailed post, …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Why You Should Visit Valencia Instead of Barcelona

When you think of Spain, you likely envision Barcelona. Maybe your mind leaps instead to the beaches of Mallorca or Ibiza.<p>Here's another option that combines the best of those two options: Valencia.<p>We spent 3 days in this coastal city just a short train ride south from Barcelona or north from …