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Many consumers were hit with inaccurate Internet access charges.

By Karen Datko Oct 4, 2010 10:10AM

This post comes from Mark Huffman at partner site ConsumerAffairs.com.

 

Verizon Wireless has agreed to provide up to $90 million in refunds to consumers who were wrongly charged for accessing the Internet with their mobile phones.

"In October and November, we are notifying about 15 million customers, through their regular bill messages, that we are applying credits to their accounts due to mistaken past data charges," said Mary Coyne, deputy general counsel of Verizon Wireless. "We will mail former customers refund checks. In most cases, these credits are in the $2 to $6 range; some will receive larger credits or refunds."

 

What's a 10-minute spin going to tell you about the car? Here's a better suggestion.

By Karen Datko Oct 4, 2010 9:19AM

This guest post comes from "vh" at Funny about Money.

 

I was chatting with my friend Cary Lockwood, the automotive guru and local radio show personality, over the phone the other day when I happened to mention that I might soon be in the market for a new (or less old) car.

He made a startling -- and, IMHO, startlingly brilliant -- suggestion: Once you've narrowed choices down to two or three cars that you could be serious about buying, don'ttest-drive them. Instead, rent them.

 

Phone deal requires a contract. Get free music from 'The Social Network' or $25 in dining for $1.

By Teresa Mears Oct 1, 2010 12:31PM

Best Buy is celebrating Free Phone Friday in October, with four different mobile phone models from various carriers given away every Friday.

Yes, this freebie does indeed come with a catch: To get the free phone, you have to sign up for a two-year contract. So it's worth checking the phones Best Buy is offering against the phones your preferred carrier is offering free or cheap for new or renewed contracts.

 

MassMutual offers the working poor a $50k policy to educate their kids -- and pays the premiums for you.

By Donna_Freedman Oct 1, 2010 11:40AM

It sounds too good to be true: a free 10-year term life insurance policy that will pay $50,000 toward your children's education if you die before they finish school.

But the LifeBridge Free Life Insurance Program is real, and it's accepting applications from parents and legal guardians. The $50k can be used for college, trade school, prep school and even preschool, or to pay off a dependent's current student loans.

You may qualify if you are:

 

Here's how to make the most of deals at the site, plus some interesting trivia.

By Karen Datko Oct 1, 2010 11:15AM

This post comes from Kimberly Palmer at partner site USNews.

 

Erin Burke, a 23-year-old marketer for a nonprofit organization in Omaha, has saved $56 using Groupons so far this year. She paid $7 for a $20 gift certificate to a local pizza place, another $7 for a $15 gift certificate to a bakery, and $15 for a $50 gift certificate to the Gap (a $10 referral credit helped reduce her costs on that last one). "I feel like I got a good deal," she says.

Groupon's popularity has skyrocketed since it launched in 2008. The company reports that it now has 18 million subscribers in 29 countries. Total savings in North America alone add up to half a billion dollars.

 

Part of the appeal is how easy it is to use:

 

Obese women earn less than their slimmer sisters, while obese men earn about the same as men of normal weight.

By Karen Datko Oct 1, 2010 10:17AM

It's no secret that it costs more to be fat -- higher health care costs, higher prices for plus-size clothing, the extra cost of double airline seats and larger caskets.

The news is that the extra annual cost of being obese is higher for women ($4,879) than for men ($2,646), according to a new study by George Washington University (.pdf file). For those who are merely overweight, the extra cost is $524 for women and $432 for their male counterparts, the new study says. ("Overweight" is defined as a body mass index between 25 and 30. "Obese" is 30 and above.)

 

The study considered factors like health care costs and wages, but didn't include higher prices for consumer goods -- the extra airplane seat and the rest.

 

That's a significant finding, considering that two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. The New York Times explains:

 

You'll have a bigger yard, but is that worth the tradeoffs of more noise, more grass, and more trash and other 'stuff' to pick up?

By Karen Datko Oct 1, 2010 8:33AM

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

 

For the six people left in America who are still looking to buy a home, I thought I'd pass on a little advice and save you a serious case of buyer's remorse.

 

Don't be fooled by real estate agents who try to tell you that  corner lots are highly desirable. They're not.

Oh, sure, you've got a bigger lot and neighbors on only two sides, but as a former corner-lot owner, trust me when I say the cons far outweigh the pros.

 

In fact, besides often being more expensive to buy, here are 21 additional reasons why corner lots just aren't worth it:

  1. Noise, noise, noise. Double street and sidewalk frontage means double the noise from pedestrian and car traffic. Pull up a chair and crack open a cold one; I'm just gettin' started.
 

Renting a car might be getting pricier soon, but you can still save money if you know where to look and what to say.

By Stacy Johnson Sep 30, 2010 3:53PM

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

 

Along with airfare and hotel, renting a car is one of the Big Three expenses when you travel. But while everyone talks about how to find cheap fares and cheap rooms, no one talks with the same fervor about how to find the best wheels deals.

And there's never been a better time to seek out car rental tips, because the landscape may soon get more challenging as Hertz and Avis fight to take over Dollar Thrifty.

 

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