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So far this year, 100-plus data breaches have resulted in an estimated 153 million financial records being stolen from such big names as Experian, T-Mobile and Anthem, as well as U.S. government personnel records.
The Street: Why be forced to mingle with herds of vacationers in the Bahamas, Cancun or Aruba when you can attach a private island to your own personal yacht or submarine and be free from such crowds and prying eyes right?
TheStreet sorted through the new 2016 fuel economy guide to determine which vehicle is the most fuel efficient for its class. TheStreet excluded all-electric vehicles and vehicles that use diesel for fuel.
The Street: Lego has recently seen an increase in interest due to The Lego Movie and various Lego video games. Popular sets can quickly sell out in stores and online so if you’re thinking of purchasing any as holiday gifts for family, friends, or yourself, you may not want to wait long.
The Street: Carvana offers a variety of brands, such as Ford and Tesla, and a huge range in prices, anywhere from $7,000 to $90,000. The only difference in the customer's experience is the delivery method.
The Street: Although they don't have the suction power of a standard canister or upright vacuum, hours of automated cleaning by one of these little warriors will trump a full-sized vacuum sitting in the closet, every time.
The Street: Every mom is different, but we've picked out some perfect finds that will make even the most eclectic Mom melt. If this sounds too good to be true, brace yourself -- it's about to get even better.
The Street: The Fall 2015 Fashion Week runways were all about boots. Not sure which boots best suit your bundled up style? Consider some of our favorites for this season.
The Street: After extensive research, we've compiled a list of the best winter boots for whatever conditions are thrown your way. No matter what the elements have in store for us this season, our top ten will keep you dry, keep you warm and most importantly, keep you looking good.
GOBankingRates: Not everything in the drugstore giant’s aisles is healthy for your wallet. So to find out how to make the most of your next trip to Walgreens, we asked savings experts to clue us in on the 10 best and worst Walgreens deals.
As visions of Black Friday dance in their heads, holiday shoppers using new, more-secure chip credit and debit cards will be learning a new checkout procedure.
The Street: On Nov. 1, Walmart began offering discounts on thousands of items online, including toys and electronics. For example, Apple's iPad Mini 2 is being sold for $199, down from $268. A 48-inch RCA smart TV could be had for $299.99 compared to $319.99 previously. At the top of its homepage, Wal-Mart is promoting "hot holiday rollbacks all season long", likely in an attempt to reawaken sluggish sales in the U.S. before the holiday season kicks into gear.
The Street: Much as Halloween candy and costumes are being replaced with candy canes, wreaths and trees in the seasonal aisle, holiday beers are finding their way to the nation's shelves and taps. Oktoberfest, pumpkin beers, harvest ales and fresh hop beers are still out there, but brewers have been releasing holiday varieties since at least September.
GOBankingRates: Just because home delivery is available doesn't mean you should have everything shipped to your house. Here is a look at 10 of the best and worst things to have delivered to your home.
MBNA's intense boss deserves to be remembered
GrubHub came up with the list of most-ordered foods by culling takeout and delivery orders through its Web site during November 2014. Indian foods dominated the list, continuing a trend from last year. Another popular trend: ordering breakfast.
The Street: Fraudulent returns occur frequently over the holidays due to the high volume of returns and the use of part-time, less-experienced workers. Here are five examples of the most outrageous returns people have tried to make amidst the holiday season rush.
The Street: "There are now four primary mind sets around shopping, which are discover, shop, buy and reflect, and retailers need to understand the new expectations and needs customers have for each."It's not just groceries - Millennials are redefining Thanksgiving in ways their parents and grandparents likely would not have dreamed.
The Street: We've done the legwork for you and here are 10 traveler-tested, user-reviewed, ready-to-go items sure to bring a smile to any veteran of tiny bags of pretzels and fuzzy loudspeaker announcements in airports.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people affected by an E. coli outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad will likely grow over the next few weeks, even though the product has been removed from store shelves.
The Street: To find out which public high schools are the best in the United States, ranking and review site collected data on the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, and student and parent reviews from over 17,000 high schools. While some of these schools require special applications in order for students to be accepted, others only require a proper zip code to attend them.
OceanFirst Bank, of Toms River, N.J., bought Renault Winery Inc. Golf out of bankruptcy last week and will operate the Atlantic County facility under the new name, Tuscany Resort, while trying to sell it, the bank said.
Nurtured by a third-generation Montgomery County Christmas tree farm, a Fraser fir measuring 18 1/2 feet tall and 11 feet wide will reach national heights Friday when it is delivered to the White House.
The Street: Before you map out your Amazon Black Friday shopping strategy, there's one thing you need to know, and this is of "prime" importance: Amazon Prime members get access to some 30,000 deals ahead of everyone else.
When you die, who will take care of your pets? Make sure your dog, cat, horse, parrot, or other beloved animal doesn't end up euthanized, joining you in the great Shelter in the Sky.