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Try one of these drug-free methods to relieve the pain.

By Donna_Freedman Apr 4, 2011 4:39PM

Right in the middle of a recent deadline I developed a real blinder of a headache. Rather than take an aspirin or ibuprofen I drank a glass of water -- and felt better almost immediately.

I won’t say I was actually dehydrated, but I might have been on the way. Or maybe I wasn't. All I know is that water made me feel better. It often does.

It was also, of course, free.


A new report says that a borrower remains in debt to the payday lender for more than half a year on average.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 4, 2011 1:43PM

This post comes from Jeanine Skowronski at partner site MainStreet.


Cash-strapped workers may think taking out a payday loan to cover expenses until the next paycheck is a minor risk, but a new study suggests that these borrowers aren't incurring just a short-term debt.


According to the consumer watchdog group Center for Responsible Lending, payday borrowers actually remain in debt, on average, for more than half a year, despite the fact that a payday loan typically must be repaid within two weeks.


Here are 5 tips for getting past 'no' and ending up with the solution you want.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 4, 2011 12:38PM

This guest post comes from Jason Steele at Money Crashers.


Lately, it seems as if most customer-service representatives are either not empowered to help you or have actually been instructed not to. It has gotten to the point where getting a company to give you the service you deserve is not just a challenge, but almost a sport.


We all know how to lose our temper or ask for a supervisor, but what if you want to take your customer-service game to the next level?


Here are five recent incidents in which I was told unequivocally that a company could not help me. Eventually, I found exactly the right nerve to hit in order to force their hand.


Almost anything is a better investment than flushing your money down the lottery toilet.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 4, 2011 10:00AM

Updated March 30, 2012, 2:04 p.m. ET


This post comes from J.D. Roth at partner site Get Rich Slowly.


Get Rich Slowly on MSN MoneyOver the years, I've done some foolish things with my finances. I've squandered money on comic books. I've speculated on risky stocks, hoping to make a quick fortune. I've paid a gazillion dollars -- or something close to it -- in credit card interest and bank fees. I spent large windfalls on the latest technological gadgets.


Image: Lottery Tickets (© Scott Speakes/Corbis/Corbis)No, I'm by no means perfect with money.


One trap I've managed to avoid, though, is the lottery.


It can cost $14,000 a year for insurance on a Huayra, $1.4 million Italian sports car. And that's only if you don't drive it.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 1, 2011 1:15PM

This post comes from Barbara Marquand at partner site


If you think finding cheap car insurance rates for your vehicle is tough, imagine what the owner of a new Huayra will go through when the $1.4 million supercar blows into the U.S. market later this year.


The car is both a technological marvel and work of art. Powered by a twin-turbo, 12-cylinder engine with more than 700 horsepower and 800 foot-pounds of torque, the Huayra can go from zero to 100 mph in three seconds and reach a top speed of 230 mph. It's the lightest sports car in its class, weighing just shy of 3,000 pounds; indeed, with its sleek gull-wing design, the Huayra looks ready for flight.


You're doing all you can to ensure you have enough money in your golden years. Make sure your plans don't backfire.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 1, 2011 12:43PM

This post comes from David Ning at partner site U.S. News & World Report.


Many of us should be ramping up our efforts to save for retirement. But not all methods of saving money are worth the cost. Here are five retirement saving strategies that could actually leave you worse off in retirement.


The point of purchase is the best place to start. Also, know your rights.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 1, 2011 12:26PM

This post comes from Mary Ann Campbell at partner site IndexCreditCards.


Get Rich Slowly blogger J.D. Roth shares a story about the dilemma his wife encountered when disputing a modest charge on her account. Erroneously charged twice at a British Columbia café, she spent months trying to receive a refund to no avail.

Finally she canceled her card and refused to do business with the issuer. She learned that some disputes aren't worth the hassle, but she still made a statement.


It's bound to happen to many of us who use credit cards at one time or another, and oftentimes we don't have the option to just let go.


Low-cost European carrier Ryanair says it will introduce no-kid flights. It might be a joke, but 'no frills, no kids, no hassle' could be a winner.

By doubleace Apr 1, 2011 12:19PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.


It's April Fools' Day, so an announcement by European discount airline Ryanair that it plans to introduce child-free flights in October might just be a joke.

The announcement included the results of a purported poll of 1,000 passengers that indicated such flights would be quite popular. The survey "showed that half would pay higher fares to avoid other people's children," the announcement said, adding that "a third of passengers (36%) have had flights 'ruined' by other people's noisy kids, with 18% urging Ryanair to restrict the number of children on flights."



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