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Cash Discount: How To Save Money on Gas and Medical Services

On May 6, 2011

I rarely have more than $20 in my wallet.  I use credit cards all the time to earn reward points, but I may have to rethink my decisions as cash is king.  Businesses are tired of paying the fees associated with credit cards, and they’re offering discounts if you pay cash.

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Counterfeits confiscated – some dangerous

On March 3, 2011

We think every product we buy in the United States is safe, but the reality is that’s just not true. I spent time with the Area Port Director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and some of his colleagues. They showed me counterfeit products and explained their job trying to intercept counterfeit products at FedEx, DHL, and UPS Express hubs…

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Apps that help you organize receipts

On February 21, 2011

  It’s tax time, which means organizing all your documents and receipts for your accountant. The apps that will keep your organized all year round making tax time easier.

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Southwest changes Rapid Rewards program

On January 6, 2011

Southwest changed its Rapid Rewards program, and the new program is confusing.

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Better Business Bureau Reacts to Investigations

On November 22, 2010

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) took action to address the questions raised by investigations into their grading system by ABC’s 20/20 and the Connecticut Attorney General.

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Deals if you divulge your location

On November 3, 2010

Facebook is expanding upon its “Places” feature, and local businesses are now offering discounts through the application.  When you look for a business, you may see a deal next to it. All you have to do is check-in using the Facebook Place’s software and claim the deal. Foursquare also offers these deals. In the Cleveland area, I found free bar…

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Debt Relief: How To Avoid A Ripoff

On October 25, 2010

Americans in debt have a harder time re-paying their debt because of unscrupulous debt relief companies who offer to help, but only do more harm. The steps you should take before hiring a debt relief company.

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Are pink ribbons all about profit?

On October 23, 2010

You’ve heard of greenwashing. That’s when a product claims to be green without scientific evidence. Now, products are claiming to support pink causes without much backing leading some to call this latest phenomenon “pinkwashing.” The grocery store is filled with pink ribbons in October during breast cancer awareness month. From the cereal aisle to the pet food, you’ll find pink ribbons…

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Power Surge Protection

On September 17, 2010

It only takes one power surge to wipe out your electronics. The steps you need to take to protect your devices.