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Unionized workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a four-year deal with steelmaker ArcelorMittal. Just how decisive was it? Out of about 12,000 ballots cast at plants around the country, only 269 "no" votes were recorded, according to the United Steelworkers of America. At the Lackawanna plant, the vote was 126-36 in favor of the contract. The Lackawanna plant…

Ford Motor Co. has extended buyout offers once again to workers at its Hamburg stamping plant, a sign that the automaker is pushing hard to reduce its production work force. Members of the United Auto Workers at the Hamburg site were offered buyouts and early-retirement packages earlier this year. More recently, Ford came back with another round of the same offers at selec…

Cricket Wireless launched Cricket Broadband Tuesday, offering wireless Internet service for $40. Much like an air card, Cricket uses a portable USB device that can be plugged into desktop or laptop computers. Users can plug it in for use anywhere within Cricket's service area, which stretches from Buffalo to Syracuse. Cricket Broadband uses the digital CDMA network, which…

Check out some of these fantastic deals on airfare from Southwest Airlines. Book tickets by Thursday for travel before February 12 using the promotion code "FLYBUF" and get 50 percent off any already discounted Web-only Wanna Get Away fare to Buffalo, from Buffalo or both. Some dates during the holiday season are blacked out, but there are plenty of great, cheap…

In Monday's MoneySmart, Kevin Doherty wrote about the advantages of trusts over wills.What's your take on the subject?  Have you gone through the experience of wills and probate vs. trusts? Are trusts that much more expensive?  How did you pick a trustee?  Have you learned lessons that could be passed on to others?Tell us your story...

With Halloween fast approaching, many folks are beginning to stock up on candy for the doorbell-ringing goblins who will descend upon neighborhoods. Do you have any tips on how to save money this year? Are you cutting back on the number or type of treats you'll give away? Are you going to keep the lights off altogether? Will you refuse candy to older trick-or-treaters or …

In today's edition of MoneySmart, David Robinson outlined a bunch of ways to save on pet expenses. Have you found ways to get a leg up on pet care? Have you had to surrender a pet or hold back on buying one because of budget constraints?

Today's Discount Diva column shares tips from local experts on how not to get ripped off when selling gold. Have you sold old gold? What was the experience like? Where did you go? Is it wiser to hang onto your gold right now rather than sell it for quick cash?

The Wall Street Journal and several other media outlets have reported government mandates to increase the use of corn-based ethanol in gasoline are driving up food costs. Not only is ethanol production artificially driving up the price of corn, which is used to make a multitude of other grocery items including pet foods, the newly profitable corn crops are diverting acreag…

Do you still carry cash? If so, what do you do with leftover coins? Do you try to give the cashier exact change for each purchase? Do you have a change jug at home? What is the most change you've ever accumulated? What do you do with the change once you've saved it? Do you roll it yourself or turn it in at one of those CoinStar coin sorting machines that takes a percenta…

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Because organic produce is often higher priced, it is considered a luxury for many. Consumer Reports suggests prioritizing which organic items you will buy.  It makes sense to buy organically the fruits and vegetables likely to contain the most pesticides in non-organic brands.  Consumer Reports found the following fruits and vegetables to have the highest lev…

A local conference this week on the business discipline Six Sigma heard from perhaps its most high-profile local advocate, Erie County Executive Chris Collins. The county executive said he is serious about applying it to county government over the long haul, as the first round of projects spawned by the system are about to be wrapped up. Over the years, Six Sigma has had …

With the economy in its current dismal state, travel - especially international travel - has decreased. But if you're lucky enough to get away to another country for work or pleasure, you're probably wondering about the easiest and cheapest way to get access to foreign currency and avoid fees. My advice is to see if your bank is part of a Global ATM Alliance. I use Bank o…

Earlier this week I shot a video (embedded below) in which I talked to parents and the cutest kids imaginable about what they wanted to be for Halloween. We also wanted to know where parents planned on getting the costumes and their advice for saving money on them. All the families were very nice and kind by allowing me to put them on camera. I got predictable answers - …

Mmm, Autumn. Is there any nicer time of year? Bonfires, cider, harvest sunsets. Watching the leaves change is some of the most thrilling entertainment money can't buy. What are some of your favorite (cheap) ways to wile away this most brief season?