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First off, don't panic. There are steps you can take to get back in Uncle Sam's good graces.

By Money Staff Nov 12, 2010 5:49PM

This post comes from partner blog The Dough Roller.

 

It’s a scary thing when you can’t pay your taxes.

 

It’s one thing to miss a credit card payment, but failing to pay the federal government taxes that you owe has potentially significant consequences, including interest and penalties.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take when you can’t pay your taxes. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service provides excellent guidance for those struggling to pay Uncle Sam. With tax time just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to review what you should do if you are having trouble paying your taxes.

 

The offerings don't impress everyone, but more deals could be on the way.

By Money Staff Nov 12, 2010 3:45PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.

 

Shoppers perusing Best Buy's leaked Black Friday ad this morning didn't exactly get a charge out of the deals.

While there were some decent bargains to be found on everything from e-readers to video game consoles, there were few buys to best rivals Target or Sears.

 

Smart phones aren't smart for everybody, and picking the wrong one is all too easy -- and expensive.

By Stacy Johnson Nov 12, 2010 2:09PM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.

 

Smart phones might be the trendiest tech you can fit in your pocket, but in some circumstances people aren't approaching them with much smarts. They commit to spending thousands without doing much in the way of research. 

 

For instance, the average iPhone user pays about $95 a month for service for a two-year total bill of about $2,300, according to a Time.com blog. And that's just the plan itself, before all the extra taxes and fees.

 

Discount pizza, sub coupons, free tacos and wedding dresses are among this week's deals and freebies.

By Teresa Mears Nov 12, 2010 1:31PM

This weekend is another of the periodic Give & Get events that provide savings to shoppers and donations to charities.

With the Give & Get coupon, you can get 30% off purchases Nov. 11-14 at The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores. The charity of your choice will get 5% of your purchase amount.

 

Coupons plus holiday hype can equal big budgetary blunders.

By Donna_Freedman Nov 12, 2010 11:16AM
All this Black Friday and Cyber Monday buzz is making me dizzy. I feel a song coming on. A snide song, sung to the tune of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Well, the calendar says November
Christmas follows in December
Since buying's no longer a chore
Spend some more! Spend some more! Spend some more!
 

I have a better chance of being hired as a cabana boy for Lady Gaga than I do changing some of these behaviors.

By Karen Datko Nov 12, 2010 9:02AM

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

 

I hate it when I see people waste food.

 

I'm not sure why, but I've always been that way. Somebody who believes in reincarnation once told me that I probably starved to death in a past life. OK.

Another pet peeve of mine is carelessly wasting money in ways that can be easily prevented. Although I haven't shared that little characteristic of mine with the reincarnationist, I wonder what she'd say. Then again, on second thought, I don't really care.

 

While I am very diligent about not wasting food, I still have a lot of work to do when it gets down to plugging all of my money leaks.

 

I recently did a quick audit to see where some of my biggest leaks reside and then evaluated my odds of repairing them. When you're done checking them out, let me know if: 1) you suffer from some of the same money leaks that I do; and 2) if you have a few others plaguing you that I didn't list. Thanks.

 

Overpaying for our satellite television service:

  • My (lame) excuse: Although I watch the same 25 channels 99.5376% of the time, one day I may want to watch something on one of the other 1,746 channels I'm paying for.
 

New study shows that 40% of kids ages 2-11 ask their parents to go to McDonald's at least once a week and 15% of preschoolers ask to go every day.

By Karen Datko Nov 11, 2010 5:59PM

This post comes from Sara Huffman at ConsumerAffairs.com.

 

As debate heats up about whether a McDonald's Happy Meal should include a toy or not, a new study out of Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity about kids and fast food produced some remarkable results.

The new evaluation, the most comprehensive study of fast-food nutrition and marketing ever conducted, shows that fast-food marketers target children across a variety of media and in restaurants.

 

And they're not marketing the healthy foods on the menu.

In addition, the study finds that restaurants provide largely unhealthy defaults for the side dishes and drinks that come with kids' meals.

 

The retailer is luring shoppers out at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving with some hot deals.

By Money Staff Nov 11, 2010 4:38PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.

 

Toys R Us wants to be parents’ first shopping stop after turkey dinner. The toy retailer’s leaked ad promises lots of hot deals starting Thanksgiving night.

The toy retailer appears poised to take on rival discounters Target and Wal-Mart with some rich doorbuster prices between 10 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday, as well as some nice bonuses, like a free box of 64-count Crayola crayons and coloring book with any purchase.

 

For example, while Target is offering an 8GB iPod Touch for $225 with $30 Target gift card, Toys R Us is offering the same product for $229 with a $50 gift card. For some parents that might be a Black Friday game-changer.

 

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