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Customers are entitled to a refund, but no details have been announced yet.

By Karen Datko Jan 31, 2011 1:40PM

This post comes from Truman Lewis at partner site ConsumerAffairs.com.

 

Ticketmaster has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged its order-processing fee was a "profit component" unrelated to actual expenses and that its UPS delivery option included an artificial markup.

The suit was originally filed in Los Angeles in October 2003. It was broadened to a class action late last year to include anyone who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster.com from October 1999 through May 2010.

 

Loan only as much as you're willing to lose. Also, if possible -- and only if they're OK with it -- try to help in other ways.

By Karen Datko Jan 31, 2011 11:57AM

This post comes from April Dykman at partner site Get Rich Slowly.

 

Lending money to friends and family is a generous act -- one that could easily backfire and even ruin your relationship. Most of the time when someone is considering a loan to a family member, I think, "Don't do it." There can be other ways to help.

But when it's someone you care about, logic plays only one role in the decision-making process.

 

Not too long ago I was in this situation.

 

Part of me says 'yes.' Part of me had to do it.

By Donna_Freedman Jan 31, 2011 8:55AM

Recently a friend contacted me in a panic. She needed $586 immediately or her vehicle would be repossessed.


When I called, she also said she needed something to get her family through until payday. Could I loan her as much as $800?

I hesitated for a moment. Then I stopped what I was doing, moved some money from one account to the other, and got myself over to Western Union (which thoughtfully tacked on a $44 wire fee).


Before you call me a sucker, hear me out. Then call me a sucker.

 

'What's your sign?' is more than just a cheesy pickup line -- it might be an insight into your driving record.

By Money Staff Jan 28, 2011 6:23PM

This guest post comes from Barbara Marquand at CarInsurance.com.

 

CarInsurance.com on MSN MoneyIn the wake of recent news that the zodiac calendar requires updating, Allstate Insurance has taken a look at who's most likely to get in an accident based on their signs.

 

Virgos, watch out! People born under the sign were almost seven times more likely to be in a car accident last year when compared with Scorpios, according to Allstate claims data.

 

Many are fine to use as guidance, as long as you understand the inherent limitations.

By Stacy Johnson Jan 28, 2011 5:11PM

This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.

 

Bankrate.com is a company that generates millions in revenue every year, so it's a good bet they've done the research to find out exactly what people want to see on their website.

And what occupies some of the most valuable (upper left corner) real estate on the Bankrate home page? Financial calculators. And not just a few -- 12 different categories of calculators.

 

This tells me that people who are interested in personal finance really like calculators. Who can blame them? Finding a quick yes or no to life's complex money questions is compelling stuff. But while one-minute solutions to all your financial dilemmas may sound attractive, in many cases the answers may not be as clear-cut.

 

Here are five reasons some financial calculators don't add up.

 

President Obama's top economist fields questions from MSN Money readers.

By Amey Stone Jan 28, 2011 3:56PM

On Thursday, MSN Money readers' questions about President Barack Obama's plans to strengthen the economy were answered by the administration's top economist, Austan Goolsbee, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.


Hundreds of questions had been submitted in the two days after Obama's State of the Union address, which focused on how to create jobs, spur innovation and create more efficiency in the federal government. I got to ask Goolsbee three reader questions during the 40-minute round-table discussion (see video below).

  • What are the president's plans for tax reform?

This question combines two from readers about tax reform. Matthew from Reading, PA, wrote: "Mr. Goolsbee, during the State of the Union speech, President Obama spoke of reforming our tax code to both simplify it and close loopholes. What kind of reform is he looking at and would he entertain a serious investigation of a flat tax arrangement?"

 

Free sausage, free Firecracker Chicken and free ice cream are among this week's food deals.

By Teresa Mears Jan 28, 2011 1:07PM

One way to save money while eating out is to go during happy hour, when many restaurants and bars offer special deals. If you like appetizers, you can make a meal from discount small plates.

 

P.F. Chang's has just introduced new happy hour deals, with drinks and small bites available for $6 or less from 3 to 6 p.m. every day. Beer starts at $3 and dumplings start at $3.25. Katy at Palm Beach on the Cheap has details.

 

Going out for lunch instead of dinner is another way to experience restaurant meals on the cheap. Chili's has a new lunch menu, with build your own lunch combos for $6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

No deal beats free, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is offering free samples of its new spicy cheddar sausage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Jan. 28), while supplies last.

 

Panda Express will give you a free order of Firecracker Chicken Breast on Feb. 3 with this coupon.

 

The sticker price of somebody's car can never be considered a reliable indicator of their financial success.

By Karen Datko Jan 28, 2011 12:32PM

This guest post comes from Len Penzo at Len Penzo dot Com.

 

Jennifer from Live Richly commented on a post I had written entitled "8 big reasons why you're getting an F in Personal Finance 101." She was lamenting the sense of entitlement she sees in many people. Here is an excerpt:

I know a woman who is a single mother and hit up her friends for money to replace the engine in her SUV. I declined to participate because even though I have a lot more money than her, I have a 9-year-old car that's worth maybe $2,000, and hers is worth about $30K. Her engine costs more than my whole car…. I will admit that peer pressure is real, though. I've had many people mock my car, and if I cared, I would run out and get a fancier one.

Ah, Jennifer. Let them mock you all they want because those people clearly have a misguided view of how the world really works.

 

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