I bet you didn’t know Priceline had a jail.
I didn’t either until I got tossed into their web-based hoosegow for 24 hours. Heh.
What was my “crime” you ask?
This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I recently made an offer on a rental car for our upcoming family vacation to the East Coast that was apparently a bit too low for Priceline and their affiliates’ liking.
I still don’t understand what
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Coupons can save you hundreds of dollars each year, if not more. So why is it that so many people choose not to use them? Maybe it’s that they don’t consider them worth the trouble, or have had bad experiences with using coupons in the past. It could be that people just don’t know where to look to find good coupons, or they don’t understand how to get the most
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The conventional wisdom out there is that it’s rarely advantageous to consider an extended warranty unless it’s for an automobile.
Don’t believe it. The truth is, when it comes to extended warranties, things aren’t always quite so black and white. For example, it often makes sense to buy extended warranties for irreplaceable or low-reliability products. Likewise, they’re often a good idea for items that you know may be mishandled by kids
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Yesterday I was at the gas station and I observed a soccer mom topping off the tank of her bright yellow Hummer.
And when I say “topping off,” I mean really topping it off. She must have squeezed that hose handle a dozen times — and each time she did, the gas pump reacted with one of those obnoxious attention-getting retorts warning her that the tank was full. You know …
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The ease and convenience of using the Internet, combined with the need for people to save money as a result of the struggling economy, have revived couponing from its significant lull (almost into extinction) during the economic boom of the ’90s. Beyond coupons are Internet deals sites, where subscribers can get deals on everything from groceries to automobiles.
With that said, here are the top five sites to check into for
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Not too long ago a twentysomething friend of mine was telling me all about the brand new big-screen television he bought. According to him, it was a great deal.
“How much was it?” I asked.
“I paid $2000 after I got the guy to knock $400 off the price tag. I couldn’t pass it up!”
“Awesome! You paid cash, right?”
“No way!” he said. “I put it on my credit card.”
“I hear ya. I
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Despite the conventional wisdom, Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year. Most procrastinators know that honor belongs to the Saturday before Christmas.
Black Friday has changed over the past decade or two, and the Internet has a lot to do with that.
Remember when stores used to give away special gifts for the first 100 customers through the doors on Black Friday? I rarely see that any more.
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When it comes to great gift ideas, I always struggle — especially for people who have everything.
My family draws names every year as part of our annual Christmas gift exchange. It’s typically done a year in advance, on Christmas Day, long after all the presents have been opened, and everybody has stuffed themselves on our traditional cavatelli dinner.
I remember one year when I had the misfortune of pulling Uncle Paul’s
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What’s not to love about Friday?
I mean, really … if Saturday didn’t exist, Friday would be the best day of the week, bar none. (Although I’m sure there are a lot of Sunday lovers out there who vehemently disagree.)
Let’s face it, on any given Friday, it’s hard to find anyone in a bad mood; especially after noontime.
My only complaint with Friday is that it comes just once per week.
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According to CNN Money, the average wedding in 2012 cost $28,400. That’s some serious dough.
I know getting married is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but is one night really worth that much? Where I live in central Iowa, $28,400 is enough money to put a down payment on a decent house!
Obviously, how much you spend on a wedding should depend on the financial situation of those who are paying
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