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Before you rent a home

Renting a new place is exciting, whether it’s your first time or not. But it’s also filled with potential landmines to avoid.


Big Money Out


Birmingham Northern Beltline, Alabama

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is pushing forward with the $5.3 billion Birmingham Northern Beltline (BNB), a 52-mile, 6-lane expressway connecting I-59 northeast and southwest of Birmingham. The project is almost entirely reliant on intermittent and insufficient federal funding, scheduled to take at least 40 years to complete, and, if built, will threaten damage to two watersheds that are important sources of drinking water for Birmingham.


Blocking Rooftop Solar

The companies, lobbyists and front groups undermining local clean energy


Buy less, give more

Guide to a different type of gift this holiday


Buy Now, Pay Later plans: Tips to avoid the pitfalls

Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these “deals.”


Buying a car

Buying that new car can get you into financial trouble if you fall for these traps or scams.


Buying refurbished electronics

Shopping for refurbished electronics can save you money and save the environment. Our guide will help make sure you're happy with your purchase.


C-470 Express Lanes, Colorado

Local and state officials are eagerly pushing forward on a $230 million project to add new tolled “express” lanes along an existing 12-mile stretch of a road southwest of Denver that was built in the late 1980s. The original Colorado 470 encouraged the expansion of far-flung development, benefiting a set of suburban land developers. But recent analysis suggests that expanding the highway would deliver little net benefit, and that the expanded highway may not receive as much use as planners anticipate.


Car troubles during the pandemic? We have some tips

A review of complaints to the CFPB Consumer Complaint Database reveals a sharp spike in consumer complaints about auto purchasing, leasing and finance since the beginning of the pandemic. Here’s an update on our work on car buying and leasing, including consumer tips.


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