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Pain at the pump on the rise – again

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Oil market analysts say $3 gas is a matter of when, not if. Read the story here. Are you feeling more pain at the pump? And if so, what, if anything are you doing to soften the blow? [Read More]
Categories: autos, economy, in the news

Collect rewards with your debit card

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Nope, that’s not an error. We usually think of rewards programs when we’re talking about credit cards. However, I just saw a story today from Smart Money that discusses the growth of debit card rewards programs. This growth is in response to a decrease in consumer credit-card use and an increase in debit-card [...]

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Best toys of 2009

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Good Housekeeping has just come out with their list of the best toys of 2009. Check out the video below.

For a complete list, click here. Are any of these toys on your list this year?

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Could Zsu Zsu Pets be harmful?

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So, you were able to get your hands on that toy everyone wants and can’t wait to see your kids open it on Christmas morning. Now you find out it may contain a harmful chemical. A lot of parents are finding this out today about Zsu Zsu Pets, which GoodGuide claims may contain [...] [Read More]

Holiday travel: How are you getting there?

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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

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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Holiday Tipping

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This article talks about who to tip this holiday season and what to do if you just cannot fit those extra $20 in your budget. [Read More]
Categories: in the news

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