Free hash browns, coupon for bagel poppers and Oscar-watching pizza parties are among this week's deals.
If you're one of the many who received a Kindle book reader for Christmas or Hanukkah, you may be wondering where you can get some free books.
If, like me, you didn't get a Kindle and are still reading paper books, we recommend Goodwill, as well as the public library, for good reading on a budget.
For snacks, you may want some food coupons. One of your New Year's resolutions is to eat better while saving money, right?
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Penner awards.
As 2010 comes to a close, I think it is only appropriate that I share my picks for the 10 dumbest money stories of the past year, highlighting some of the most dumbfounding displays of numismatic naiveté and financial ineptitude known to man.
That's right, folks. Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Penner awards! Ba-da-bing!
Now, I know what you're thinking: Hey, Len, so why on earth should you be the one to give out such a prestigious award?
More food pantries are helping financially struggling pet owners. Even Meals on Wheels sometimes delivers cat food.
The recession has brought heart-wrenching stories of pets abandoned in foreclosed homes or surrendered to shelters when their financially strapped owners could no longer keep them.
In recent years, organizations have sought to help people with financial challenges keep their pets.
The Meals on Wheels organizations that provide hot meals to elderly people have added deliveries of pet food in some areas.
"We discovered last year that many of our seniors share their meals with their pets, because they can't afford pet food," Allison Adams, care manager for Meals on Wheels in Spokane, Wash., told The Spokesman-Review. "Some people may not understand that a pet is that important to someone, but I wasn't surprised when we discovered our clients were sharing their own meals with their dogs and cats."
The mini-cupcake bakery is yet another example of creeping clutter. Time for a little post-holiday purging?
I received a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card for Christmas. Yesterday I hit that store's post-holiday clearance sale with an eye toward buying birthday or Christmas gifts for the coming year.
I walked out with four presents that I didn't pay for and still a little credit on the gift card. That should have made me happy. But I just couldn't shake the image of the mini-cupcake bakery.
This tabletop device is, I swear, an Easy-Bake Oven for grown-ups. It looks something like a waffle iron and promises cupcakes in five minutes. Although I like cupcakes as much as the next person, I can't help wondering if we've all lost our minds.
Amazon now lets e-book buyers lend those books to friends, but there are restrictions.
One of the major complaints about the Kindle -- Amazon's top-selling product of all time -- is that you can't loan the Amazon e-books you own to a friend.
Well, now you can -- with several restrictions (reaffirming the public library's status as the best place to borrow books).
- Just like Barnes & Noble Nook e-books, Amazon e-books you own can now be loaned out for two weeks.
Writers who took e-mail scammers for a ride tell some funny stories about con men and women who will promise anything for cash.
We know we're better off just hitting "delete." But the temptation to play along and try to scam the scammers does strike at times.
TrueCar.com says New Year's Eve is the best day in December to buy a car.
In this economy, a lot of people are putting off big purchases like cars because their budgets are just too tight. But as we mentioned earlier this week, some people can't put it off any longer.
If you're one of those people, here's some good news: One of the best times to buy is right now.
A Florida family's story shows how tense life can be in a crowded home near the edge of homelessness.
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.
Three generations of a struggling Florida family are jammed into a "recession-beaten," three-bedroom ranch house, prisoners of their inability to find stable jobs, in The New York Times' story of Holly Maggi, 26; her fiancé, James Wilson, 26; their 21-month-old daughter, Madison; and their "good-natured pit bull, Caley." The young family moved in with Holly's parents in February after they were evicted from their apartment.
It's an increasingly common tale these days. National Public Radio reports that the number of households with extended families -- including "boomerang" kids like Holly -- grew 11% in the last two years.
While you may have heard about the trend before, we don't often get to read in such vivid detail what it's like when economics force you to move in with family.
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