8 Stupid Fees Consumers Hate to Pay (But Often Do Anyway)

In this tough economy, businesses of all types are trying to nickel and dime us to death with add-on charges.

Those charging the fees want you to believe that the fees are necessary to cover the additional costs of doing business, like pizza delivery fees.

In reality, all these fees do more often than not is mislead the consumer by adding a hidden mark-up to the advertised price.  Sometimes the fees are

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The Middle Class Should Prepare for an Increasing Tax Burden

It’s time to dip into the mailbag again. I always love it when I get letters — especially the more, shall we say, interesting ones.

For example, I received one letter from someone who I can only assume is a card carrying member of a militant PETA splinter-group who apparently didn’t like my post on 10 Sure-Fire Tips for Minimizing Vet Bills. Specifically, Rose Jong castigated me for subjecting

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Many Who Prefer IRS Tax Rebates Are Crazy Like A Fox

I like getting a refund check from the tax man during tax season. Because of that I always get chastised by somebody at this time of year telling me I’m crazy.

Indeed, most income tax experts advise us to take advantage of a tax-planning strategy that provides more take-home pay over the course of a year as opposed to a big refund once a year. The conventional wisdom

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Don’t Get Caught Paying “The Stupid Tax”

Did you hear that in order to help pay for the United States’ recent passage of the multi-trillion dollar pork-barrel “stimulus” plan, the president just signed an executive order starting up a National Lottery with daily grand prizes of 50 million dollars?  The winners will get $1 annually for 50 million years.  — My variation of a very old joke

Lotteries are a tax on the stupid. Those words have been

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