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Facebook settlement email is legitimate, but there are some catches

On January 29, 2013

Emails are appearing in Inboxes alerting you to a cash settlement involving a Facebook lawsuit, but many people are dismissing the email thinking it’s a ripoff.  Before you hit delete, read the fine print. You are entitled for up to $10. The lawsuit settles an issue with advertising of your photo in a sponsored story. As part of the deal,…

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Cash for your feedback

On May 1, 2012

We all want a little extra cash, but how much time are you willing to invest for the chance of winning something? At the bottom of most cash register receipts, the store asks you for customer feedback. If you take the survey on the phone or online, you could win a prize. Sometimes, it’s up to $5,000. The constant surveys…

Consumer News / Consumer Tips / Saving money

What will you do for $5?

On April 15, 2012

Need some spare money? Have a unique talent? How would you answer the question — “I will _____ for $5?” If you have a service to offer, and want to buy one for $5, Fiverr might be for you. It’s the latest marketplace allowing you to buy or sell your services, only this site charges a flat fee of $5….

Consumer News / Consumer Tips / Saving money

Publicizing your purchase to save money

On March 15, 2012

Retailers are looking for new and creative ways to advertise as mass media shifts from television and print to online. Social media plays a huge role in making nothing — something. Tweets, re-tweets, and shares on Facebook are great ways to expose a new product or service to potentially new customers.  Special promotions are often offered to followers or those who…

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Google wants your phone number — why?

On March 13, 2012

Google recently changed its privacy policy combing more than sixty policies into one. The updated policy also allows Google to more directly target ads to your specifications. The change only impacts users who log into one of the Google services, but it still sparked criticism. So, imagine the surprise of some users when Google began asking for phone numbers. Several companies…