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Consumer Survey: Small financial emergency could wreck many household budgets Survey: Small financial emergency could wreck many household budgets
Life is full of costly surprises and a lot of people don't have enough savings to cover them.

A recent survey by Bankrate.com finds that fewer than 4 in 10 Americans – only 38 percent – could handle an unexpected $500 car repair or a $1,000 medical emergency without going into debt.
Consumer Cat's Meow: Does it work? Cat's Meow: Does it work? (Video)
Amaretto is an aloof, leery, 2 year old Persian-mix that's not much for excessive play.
His owner Greg Netzel got a motorized chase toy as a gift a while back, but the toy has essentially been collecting dust. A plastic mouse moving under a burgundy circle of fabric is supposed to peak a cat's "thrill of the hunt". But Netzel says the thrill didn't last long. Amaretto lost interest. So his expectations for a motorized mouse 'tail' covered by 'yellow' fabric are pretty low.
Consumer Hotels tighten cancellation policies Hotels tighten cancellation policies
Book a hotel room these days and you'd better know the cancellation policy. Don't assume you have until late in the afternoon on the day of your arrival. You may not.