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Speeding is as dangerous as it is costly, but some say speed traps are meant to raise money -- not protect the public good.

By Stacy Johnson Oct 4, 2010 12:53PM

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

 

Technology is not only changing the way we do things, it's changing the way we avoid them. Take speeding tickets, for instance. Over the past year, one of the most popular (for motorists) and hated (for police) ways to avoid them is with a smart-phone app called Trapster.

According to its developers, this free app "combines technologies such as GPS and wireless location, voice transcription, geocoding, reverse geocoding, and SMS, with a central database server. It communicates in real time, using the Internet." The result? Your smart-phone sounds an alarm when you're approaching a known speed trap.

 

Airlines and hotels are slashing prices for students planning holiday travel.

By Karen Datko Oct 4, 2010 11:19AM

This Deal of the Daycomes fromAnnaMaria Andriotisat partner site SmartMoney.

 

A host of new -- and hard-to-find -- airfare deals could make flying Junior home for Thanksgiving cheaper this year, courtesy of an airline industry desperate for passengers. And in some cases, you don't even need to be a full-time student to take advantage of the discounts.

With domestic travel still below pre-recession levels, according to the U.S. Travel Association, travel companies are looking to college students (or their parents) to fill the empty seats.

 

Group advocating paid sick days for restaurant workers notes the risk to the public when people work sick.

By Teresa Mears Oct 4, 2010 10:46AM

As anyone who has ever worked in food service knows, if we thought about what really goes on in restaurants, most of us would never eat out.

A new report reminds us of two reasons:

  • 63.6% of restaurant workers have prepared, cooked and served food while sick.
  • 87.7% of restaurant workers don't get paid sick days.

The report, "Serving While Sick: High Risks & Low Benefits for the Nation's Restaurant Workforce, and Their Impact on the Consumer," (.pdf file) was compiled by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a group that advocates for the rights of restaurant workers.

 

Many consumers were hit with inaccurate Internet access charges.

By Karen Datko Oct 4, 2010 10:10AM

This post comes from Mark Huffman at partner site ConsumerAffairs.com.

 

Verizon Wireless has agreed to provide up to $90 million in refunds to consumers who were wrongly charged for accessing the Internet with their mobile phones.

"In October and November, we are notifying about 15 million customers, through their regular bill messages, that we are applying credits to their accounts due to mistaken past data charges," said Mary Coyne, deputy general counsel of Verizon Wireless. "We will mail former customers refund checks. In most cases, these credits are in the $2 to $6 range; some will receive larger credits or refunds."

 

What's a 10-minute spin going to tell you about the car? Here's a better suggestion.

By Karen Datko Oct 4, 2010 9:19AM

This guest post comes from "vh" at Funny about Money.

 

I was chatting with my friend Cary Lockwood, the automotive guru and local radio show personality, over the phone the other day when I happened to mention that I might soon be in the market for a new (or less old) car.

He made a startling -- and, IMHO, startlingly brilliant -- suggestion: Once you've narrowed choices down to two or three cars that you could be serious about buying, don'ttest-drive them. Instead, rent them.

 

Phone deal requires a contract. Get free music from 'The Social Network' or $25 in dining for $1.

By Teresa Mears Oct 1, 2010 12:31PM

Best Buy is celebrating Free Phone Friday in October, with four different mobile phone models from various carriers given away every Friday.

Yes, this freebie does indeed come with a catch: To get the free phone, you have to sign up for a two-year contract. So it's worth checking the phones Best Buy is offering against the phones your preferred carrier is offering free or cheap for new or renewed contracts.

 

MassMutual offers the working poor a $50k policy to educate their kids -- and pays the premiums for you.

By Donna_Freedman Oct 1, 2010 11:40AM

It sounds too good to be true: a free 10-year term life insurance policy that will pay $50,000 toward your children's education if you die before they finish school.

But the LifeBridge Free Life Insurance Program is real, and it's accepting applications from parents and legal guardians. The $50k can be used for college, trade school, prep school and even preschool, or to pay off a dependent's current student loans.

You may qualify if you are:

 

Here's how to make the most of deals at the site, plus some interesting trivia.

By Karen Datko Oct 1, 2010 11:15AM

This post comes from Kimberly Palmer at partner site USNews.

 

Erin Burke, a 23-year-old marketer for a nonprofit organization in Omaha, has saved $56 using Groupons so far this year. She paid $7 for a $20 gift certificate to a local pizza place, another $7 for a $15 gift certificate to a bakery, and $15 for a $50 gift certificate to the Gap (a $10 referral credit helped reduce her costs on that last one). "I feel like I got a good deal," she says.

Groupon's popularity has skyrocketed since it launched in 2008. The company reports that it now has 18 million subscribers in 29 countries. Total savings in North America alone add up to half a billion dollars.

 

Part of the appeal is how easy it is to use:

 

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