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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."


Without proper care, your batteries won't keep a charge as well as they used to. From your cellphone to your digital camera, here are a few things you can do.

By Stacy Johnson Apr 1, 2011 9:02AM

This post comes from Dan Schointuch at partner site Money Talks News.


If you own an iPhone, laptop, digital camera or almost any rechargeable device, it probably runs on a lithium ion battery. They pack a ton of power into a small space and do a great job of holding on to that power when not in use. But without proper care, your battery won't keep its charge as well as it used to.


The price is dropping, and cheap protein is a real budget-booster.

By Donna_Freedman Apr 1, 2011 7:55AM

The Grocery Outlet recently sent out a flier with the following coupon: 18 medium eggs for free, no purchase necessary. You can see where this is going.

Yep: I walked up to "the Gross-Out," as it's lovingly known -- it's actually a swell place to find discount and "overrun" foods -- and strolled back home with a dozen and a half gratis cackleberries. Since then I've had egg salad for lunch, scrambled eggs and a bagel and cream cheese for supper, and a couple of hard-boiled eggs for snacks.

And when I run out, no worries: The egg sales have started.


These simple tricks will help you find the least expensive version of the songs you want.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 1, 2011 7:24AM

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


I've written before about my insatiable addiction to iTunes. It's one of the biggest money leaks I have to deal with on a monthly basis.


Believe it or not, some months I'll spend upward of $100 on iTunes songs for my iPod, although I'm trying my level best to rein in that nasty little habit. In the meantime, I do my best to find iTunes bargains wherever I can. Let's face it, the cost and convenience of iTunes simply can't be beat.


In fact, I hope you don't think I'm being too crotchety when I say kids today don't realize how good they have it. It's true.


New home sales have fallen off a cliff. That means there may be some bargains.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 31, 2011 5:03PM

This post comes from AnnaMaria Andriotis at partner siteSmartMoney.


Once a common homebuyer's dream, new homes have lost some of their appeal. Instead, it's fixer-uppers and foreclosures that have been capturing buyers' attention, creating a window of opportunity for those still looking for new construction.


While the real estate market has struggled across the board, new homes have been hit harder than ever before.


Workers will have to use online tools to review annual tax and earnings records.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 31, 2011 3:33PM

This post comes from Mary Beth Franklin of partner site Kiplinger.


Blame it on federal budget woes and a general migration of information from printed to digital format. Starting in April, most U.S. workers will no longer receive their annual Social Security benefit estimates in the mail.


A consumer advocate pitted the top brands on the market against each other in a lab study and came to a startling conclusion.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 31, 2011 1:32PM

This post comes from Mitch Lipka, consumer advocate for


When it comes to batteries, how can you tell a deal from a dud? When is it worth spending money on a premium brand?


We brought a collection of different AA batteries to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and asked if they could test to find out whether there's any real difference between brand-name and generic batteries.


If you fly Spirit, you'll pay an extra $5 or $10 in addition to the fee you're already charged for checked bags and carry-on.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 31, 2011 12:35PM

This post comes from Matt Brownell at partner site MainStreet.


It was only a matter of time: Airline fees have begun replicating at an exponential rate.


Spirit Airlines, which last year started charging passengers $30 to $45 for carry-on bags, has found a new way to extract money from people who want to bring things with them when they fly. For all tickets booked on or after March 23, Spirit now charges passengers a fee for not paying their baggage fees far enough in advance.


Yes, you heard that right: a fee for not paying a fee early enough.



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