Some rules of house-sitting etiquette and tips for finding locations and clients.
I just got back from spending two weeks in one of America’s most expensive cities, staying in one of that city’s toniest neighborhoods, for free. You can do it too, you know.
It’s true. I spent two weeks in San Francisco and stayed on the north side of town (Russian Hill) and I didn’t spend a dime on accommodations. What did I do?
Earning opportunities are available if you're willing to be a guinea pig.
We weren’t eligible for the free vacation offered in exchange for trying out a new traveler’s diarrhea drug. (Darn.) But the opportunities to make money from clinical trials keep on coming.
Newest on our radar screen is research involving two forms of a smallpox vaccine, organized by St. Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development and available at five locations across the U.S. It pays $75 for each of seven monthly visits. That’s $525.
Smallpox? Isn’t that a deadly disease that was wiped from the face of the Earth years ago -- in 1980, to be exact? As far as anyone knows, whatever is left is stored in heavily secured (we hope) locations.
We found answers via a post at Riverfront Times, a St. Louis blog.
Take the money you're lending the government and apply it to debt instead.
Think you don't have any money to pay down debt? If you're an average American, you may have more than you think.
Much of what I've done for the last 20 years, in both books and news stories, is talk about debt -- specifically, why you should avoid it and how to find the money to destroy it. Most of the money I suggest harnessing for debt destruction comes in dribs and drabs from doing things like smart shopping and avoiding dumb deals. But sometimes there's something big you can do.
This is one of those times.
Simplified form, new online resources aim to help students and parents apply for college aid.
Here’s good news for prospective college students and their parents: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.) has been simplified.
The Kansas City Star notes that “most high school seniors and their parents would rather sandblast the oil stains from the garage floor or rearrange the attic” than complete the form, which is required to receive federal grants and loans for college.
Citi had planned to impose fees on holders of two types of 'free checking' accounts.
Citibank has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to alter its plan to charge more than 1 million consumers nationwide fees on what were supposed to be "free checking" accounts.
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Under the agreement, Citibank will extend the benefits of those free checking accounts throughout 2010 for consumers who signed up for them in 2009. Citibank also will not charge fees on checks until Jan. 31, 2011. The company had originally planned to begin charging the fees on Feb. 1.
The best way is to avoid the post office and print postage at home. Here's how it works.
You don’t have to ask too many of my friends, or my wife, to learn that I am not a fan of waiting. I hate sitting in traffic, especially if it’s just “congestion,” and I really hate waiting at the post office, where it seems as if there are always twice as many counters as there are people staffing them.
So that’s why, over the years, I’ve developed a few simple strategies to help me avoid waiting at the post office.
The overall strategy is to deconstruct the post office experience and try to avoid needing counter service whenever possible. Here are some tips to help you reduce the time it takes to get your packages on their way.
People are sacrificing top-shelf booze for the cheaper stuff in tight times.
The amount of liquor sold in 2009 edged up only 1.4%. That's the smallest increase since 2001, reports The Associated Press.
The lowest-priced liquors grew the fastest, at 5.5%, while the top-shelf brands fell by 5.1%.
Coupon use rises for the first time in 17 years. It's a mixed bag for consumers.
Coupon clippers, sharpen your scissors -- and your judgment.
Last year, for the first time in 17 years, coupon use rose, with consumers redeeming 27% more coupons in 2009 than in 2008, according to a study by Inmar, a redemption-services consulting firm. That adds up to an estimated $3.5 billion in savings.
Most of the increase of course can be attributed to the rough economic conditions of late 2008 and 2009. “Coupons are an easy way for people to stretch their budgets,” says Matthew Tilley, the marketing director of Inmar.
But beware: Coupons can also be budget-busters if you let them dictate your shopping list instead of using them to save solely on items you would have purchased anyway. Before your next trip to the store, here are three trends to take advantage of -- and two pitfalls to watch out for.
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