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Sarah Diodato

Holiday travel: How are you getting there?

According to a recent AP story, fewer Americans are planning to travel during the holidays. The reason? For some, it’s avoiding the hassle and lines at the airport. For others, it’s the cost. Those that are planning to travel will most likely drive. Read more.
Once again, we’re planning to make […] [Read More]
Categories: in the news, travel

Another good deal from Sephora

Bare Escentuals Foundation Kits are $48 this week, normally priced at $60. Find out more. [Read More]
Categories: cosmetics, online sales

Citibank: Want a lower rate? Spend more money

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

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

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?

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

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

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