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Military members get free meals and wedding dresses, and everyone can visit national parks free.

By Teresa Mears Nov 5, 2010 12:10PM

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, and a number of businesses are showing their gratitude to the men and women who have served our country with free meals and other perks.

The National Park Service is sharing its gratitude by offering everyone free entry Nov. 11 to all national parks that charge an entrance fee. This is the last fee-free day of 2010, but don't forget that some national parks are always free.


Forgo retirement savings. Skip filing your taxes. Cheat a nonprofit. Are these 'advisers' for real?

By Donna_Freedman Nov 5, 2010 11:13AM

"Don't pay off your mortgage early -- you'll lose your tax deduction."

"Get married to save money."

"Don't add to your 401k because the stock market is down."

"Buy a top-of-the-line car -- it's an investment!"

"Don't worry about saving for retirement. The government will take care of you."

All these are actual examples of advice given to readers of the Smart Spending message board. A thread called "Silliest advice to save money you've heard" has collected some real doozies: At least two on the thread are illegal, others unethical and some are just dumb.


You're gaining an hour this weekend. Here's how to use that time to protect your home and your finances.

By Stacy Johnson Nov 5, 2010 10:40AM

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


For most of us, it's time to "fall back" this weekend. So move the clocks in your house back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

But, before you do, here are five suggestions on how to allocate your extra hour to get the most peace of mind -- and bang for your buck.


Would the Kardashian brand cause you to get one of these debit cards? Marketers are counting on it.

By Karen Datko Nov 5, 2010 9:10AM

This post comes from partner blog The Dough Roller.


Would you want a prepaid card with a picture of the Kardashian sisters on it? While it may seem like an odd combination, that's exactly what Mobile Resource Card plans to offer.

And I'm guessing the marketing move will work, meaning you'll pay more for the Kardashian card than you would for other prepaid cards.


A blogger compares prices of 13 items at the dollar store, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid and Albertsons.

By Karen Datko Nov 5, 2010 8:13AM

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


Believe it or not, the dollar store has been around since at least 1955, when Dollar General opened its first store in Springfield, Ky.


Granted, in terms of purchasing power, a dollar went a lot further back then -- equivalent to about $8 today. Even so, when you walk into a dollar store, it quickly becomes apparent that inflation has done very little to reduce the size of its qualifying inventory.

In fact, my local dollar store carries such a wide variety of products that I am confident I could get by fairly well in a pinch if it were the only store in town. It even carries fresh produce.


Still, for every person who says dollar stores provide terrific bargains for a buck or less, you'll find another who will say that you only get what you pay for. Others insist that if you aren't careful, you can actually get ripped off at a dollar store.


It's the modern version of the Hatfields and McCoys.


So who's right and who's wrong? I know I was confused.


Time to play secret shopper


7-Eleven also has free coffee, plus we have deals on pizza, coupons and free songs from the Grateful Dead.

By Teresa Mears Nov 5, 2010 1:36AM

What does everyone need in the morning to get going?


Coffee. Today, and every Friday in November, you can get it free.

Burger King is giving its customers a free 12-ounce cup of Seattle's Best Coffee during breakfast hours (until about 10:30 a.m.) on Fridays this month. The chain is hoping to win customers over to its breakfast menu.


You don't need a coupon and you don't need to buy anything. There is a limit of one free coffee per customer per visit.


Retailers will tell you they're not accurate. But should you believe them?

By Karen Datko Nov 4, 2010 4:06PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.


Scans of Black Friday ads are leaked to online deal sites weeks before retailers plan to publish them, often by printers and store employees.


Does that mean they are unreliable?

Retailers and some of their promotional partners would have you think so, because they don't want to put their prices out there too early -- for fear that rivals will undercut them or consumers will do more comparison shopping, deal site operators say.


Would you share your location for a free pair of jeans? FB and merchants believe many people will.

By Teresa Mears Nov 4, 2010 2:39PM

Facebook is joining the online deal world, adding mobile coupons to its new Places feature.

Places is a Facebook app that allows users to share their location with friends, similar to Foursquare and Gowalla. With the deals application, launched this week on iPhone, Facebook is adding tangible rewards.


A total of 23 national merchants, including Gap and 24 Hour Fitness, plus 20,000 smaller businesses, have signed on so far, Facebook says.



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