The gifts in the song are almost as bad as fruitcake and those scratchy Christmas sweaters you get for people you don't care about.
If you were to buy your true love every item mentioned in the final verse of the song, it would cost you $23,439. Then again, if you were really into the Christmas spirit and decided to buy all 364 items mentioned in the entire song, you'd be out a cool $96,824.
I'm sorry, but 10 lords a-leaping and 11 pipers piping aren't my concept of great gift ideas.
I mean, really. Woe to the husband who lovingly awakens his wife on Christmas morning and tells her to look out the window. I guarantee you that if she saw 10 middle-aged balding guys in skin-tight leotards jumping around and performing "Swan Lake" in her driveway, you'd soon be out there with them, and hopelessly locked out of the house -- regardless of how well the pipers were piping.
There are many options for reducing the monthly cost of your phone use.
Throughout December, I've been posting a series focusing on activities you can do to set the stage for a great 2011. Today we'll focus on reducing your phone bill.
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Two episodes in my own life are relevant here. A couple years ago, I canceled my business phone line and moved to Skype. It reduced the monthly cost of my business-related calls by about $30 a month.
You don't have to show your receipt before you leave most stores. So why do they get so upset if you refuse?
This post comes from MSN Money's Liz Pulliam Weston.
Receipt checks -- where store employees review your receipt at the exit to make sure you've paid for everything in your cart or bags -- are typically voluntary.
Somebody needs to let the store employees know that.
For a few years now, The Consumerist has been documenting skirmishes between customers and employees who refuse to take "no thank you" for an answer. Shoppers reported being physically detained, having their paid-for items taken away, and being threatened with arrest (although sometimes it was the shopper who called the cops, as one guy did after a manager took his merchandise).
Parents have been surprised by large charges on their iTunes account when kids play Smurfs' Village and other games.
Would you pay $99.99 for a wagon of smurfberries?
Or you might be a 4-year-old playing on Mom's iPad.
Electronics store seeks to compete by easing returns policy. Will customers take advantage?
Best Buy is the latest retailer to try a novel approach to attract customers: Let customers return items without penalty.
The end to the restocking fee officially came Dec. 18, but The Consumerist reports that store associates have been instructed to refund restocking fees paid between Nov. 17 and Dec. 17 to anyone who asks.
The Insurance Institute picked a record 66 vehicles for its 2011 top safety award.
This post comes from Ken Thomas of The Associated Press.
South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia and German car maker Volkswagen lead the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles, used by safety minded consumers looking to buy a new car.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recognized 66 vehicles with its "top safety pick award" for the 2011 model year, the most-ever awarded by the Virginia-based group. The number was more than double the 27 vehicles selected last year. (You can find the entire list here.)
'Tis the season to evaluate your policies and look for potential savings.
I doubt if many year-end checklists include the item "insurance policy review." It's about as exciting as road salt.
Yet this is a great time of year to see how you can save on all of your policies. Since my homeowner's policy is up for renewal the end of the month, I usually check to see how I can cut my premium.
Bosses should be losing sleep over a new study that shows 85% of office workers said they'd be more productive if they could get more sleep.
On the same day a Miami newspaper reported that bosses are loading down their employees with even more work, a multinational electronics corporation released a survey showing that more than half of all office workers don't get enough sleep.
Unemployment remains high in part because fewer people are doing more jobs. Employers consolidated positions during the recession, and aren't eager to spread out the work again.
Meanwhile, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, a division of the electronics manufacturer best known for TV sets, announced that "56% of office workers don't consistently get a good night's sleep."
Here are three excerpts from its Workplace Power Outage study that should give employers nightmares:
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