Personal finance from around the Web to get your week started:
- The delinquency rate on bank-issued cards dropped 6 percent between June and September, according to credit-reporting agency TransUnion. The company cites the unemployment rate, limited credit, and higher interest rates as the main cause of cutting the delinquency rate. Still, it’s too early to tell how new credit card regulations and holiday retail sales will affect credit behavior in the long run. [AP via GoogleNews]
- Christmas came early this year! Because of falling produce prices, the American Farm Bureau estimates that this year’s Thanksgiving dinner should be 4 percent cheaper than last year’s. The average cost of stuffing 10 people with a Thanksgiving dinner shakes out to a grand total of $42.91. [It’s Your Money]
- Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit health-policy news service funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest managed care systems in the nation, has released a consumer guide to the health care overhaul. The report answers most, if not all, of your basic questions about insurance and presents possible changes in an easily comprehensible manner. [Kaiser Health News]
- After last month’s embarrassing data loss, T-Mobile is jumpstarting a slick Sidekick offer with cheaper phones and a longer contract. But is it worth it? Reports in the UK suggest T-Mobile staff selling off customer information to the highest bidder. [Wallet Pop]
- Thanks to the expiring tax credit, home sales competely exceeded last month’s expectations as first-time buyers pushed seasonally-adjusted resales up 10.1%, according to the National Association of Realtors. Set to run out at the end of this month, Congress renewed it earlier and expanded the policy. Not everyone, however, is impressed with the numbers coming out of the NAR. [NPR via AP, The Big Picture]
- “Twilight’s” vampiric sequel “New Moon” experienced a blowout monster weekend sucking in a total of $258.8 million in box offices worldwide. Regardless of age, women came out to cheer for their supernatural team of choice, putting “New Moon” third on the all-time domestic chart. Apparently, women do like older men — well, as long as they’re 118 years old and have sharp teeth. [EconomPic]
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