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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.
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College helps a community

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Read this nice article about a college helping out a community going through a rough patch in the current economy.
I think it’s important to remember that you can help people out with the knowledge you have. [Read More]
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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]
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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

Necco wafers go all-natural

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Based on the comments from our earlier post, it seems like people will be giving out less candy this year — either from a desire to cut back on spending or because they don’t feel all of that candy is really good for kids. Is there such a thing as healthy candy? I’m [...] [Read More]

Do you have to wash it every time you wear it?

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I have this argument with my daughters all of the time. If it’s only been on a couple of hours, and it’s not dirty, it doesn’t need to go in the hamper. Pajamas can be worn for a couple of nights – all you’re doing in them is sleeping!
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Sam’s Club to cut costs

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In order to better compete with grocery chains and other warehouse stores, Sam’s Club plans to cut prices on popular items and offer more everyday items, like food and beauty products. They will also be cutting back on furniture and clothing items.
The plan is to offer more of a variety of brands, [...]

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Book price war at Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon

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If you’re thinking about giving books as gifts during the holiday season, or if you just want to stock your own collection of bestsellers, this may be a great opportunity to shop. According to an article I read this morning from the AP, a price war is currently underway between Wal-Mart, Amazon and Target. [...] [Read More]

Toys R Us introduces layaway option

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If you’re looking to buy a big-ticket item this holiday season, you can now put it on layaway at Toys R Us. The company just announced that it will hold items, such as cribs, bikes, play kitchens, dollhouses, etc., and allow consumers to pay in installments. Consumers must pay 20 percent of the [...]

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Is getting a bargain better in a group?

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In an earlier post, I mentioned Groupon.com as a potential place to find restaurant deals. There’s an article today from the AP with a little more about the Web site and how it has been working for some people. In case you aren’t familiar, Groupon.com offers a different deal each day in different [...] [Read More]