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Sarah Diodato

Citibank: Want a lower rate? Spend more money

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An older post we wrote about American Express rate hikes has started heating up with new comments from bank customers who claim they have received letters informing them their rates are going up — by a lot. Read this recent comment from Vicki:

I got a letter from Citibank yesterday telling me that “to be [...]

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Wal-Mart cutting toy prices this Saturday

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According to the AP, Wal-Mart will be cutting prices on toys and video games by up to 60 percent this Saturday. Discounts will be on items such as Easy-Bake Oven, Disney Princess Scooter, and Nerf N-Strike Vulcan (I’m not sure what that is). Also, buy Band Hero and DJ Hero video games and [...] [Read More]
Categories: in the news, sales

Wanted: Practical, fun gifts for kids

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I read today’s story about Zhu Zhu Pets and it always amazes me how people get worked up over certain toys. They look really cute, and my girls have mentioned that they want them. Then again, they want just about everything they see on TV. I don’t object to the idea of [...] [Read More]

Will you give to charity during the holidays?

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According to the AP, only 38 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll say they will give a charitable gift during the upcoming holiday season. Instead, many say they plan to increase their giving once the economy improves. As a result, many of the nation’s charities are planning for a disappointing season. [...] [Read More]
Categories: in the news

Verizon ups early-termination fee for smartphones

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Beginning next week, if you own a smartphone and want to switch before your contract is up, the penalty will be $350 — up from the $175 it used to be. In addition, consumers with Verizon smartphone contracts are complaining about erroneous data charges. Read more from the New York Times.
I’m definitely not [...] [Read More]
Categories: electronics, in the news

Safer Black Friday shopping at Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart is taking steps to ensure you don’t get trampled this year on Black Friday. According to MSN Money, they have hired crowd-control experts in preparation for the biggest shopping day of the year. This means no more lines outside at 5 am. Instead, the store will be open 24 hours, from [...] [Read More]
Categories: in the news

Free shipping on Buildabear.com

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Purchases must be of $30 or more. Use code 94476 at checkout through December 16. If you have a little person on your list who has a Build-A-Bear doll, this might give you a chance to surprise them with a new outfit or accessories, if accessories for a teddy bear sounds like [...] [Read More]

30% off Gymboree online

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Use code GYMCLUB. Expires November 8. See what’s available. [Read More]

Chilly? Sweaters on sale at Target

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Buy one get one 50% off online. It looks like most offered (with the exception of cardigans) are $17.99. Find out what’s available. Spend over $50 and shipping is free. [Read More]
Categories: apparel, online sales

Home-buying tax credit could be extended

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Originally set to expire at the end of November, the program gives first-time home buyers a chance to get a credit of up to $8,500 toward the purchase of a home. Congress will vote next week on whether to extend the bill until at least the end of April. In addition, current homeowners [...] [Read More]
Categories: in the news, real estate