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So far there's no clear leader in the annual race to be the 'must-have' toy.

By Karen Datko Nov 9, 2010 8:40AM

This post comes from Truman Lewis at partner site


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us maneuver to win the hearts, minds and credit cards of holiday toy shoppers.

Wal-Mart staged a pre-emptive strike on Target over the weekend, slashing some of its prices to within a few cents of Target's. But, hoping to be a moving target, Target is putting about half of its 2,000 toys on sale this year, double last year's number.


Google and 3 airlines offer a deal. You might be able to get a cheap flight this week, too.

By Teresa Mears Nov 8, 2010 4:36PM

Here's a holiday gift from Google Chrome, AirTran, Delta and Virgin America: free GoGo in-flight wireless service on flights  Nov. 20 to Jan. 2.

This is the second year that Google has offered a free wireless promotion. This year's promotion adds two additional airlines (AirTran and Delta) but doesn't include the airport Wi-Fi freebie from last year.

GoGo charges $4.95 for one short flight or $11 for 24-hour access, so the deal could save you $22 on a long round-trip flight.


For the first time in its long history, the retailer will be open for part of Thanksgiving Day.

By Karen Datko Nov 8, 2010 2:42PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.


Sears is taking over turkey day. For the first time in the 85 years the retailer has operated stores, it will open its doors on Thanksgiving.

According to Sears spokesman Tom Aiello, the retailer will be open from 7 a.m. until noon on Nov. 25 to offer customers more "options" for holiday shopping.


Forget spending time with family watching the Macy's parade or roasting the bird.


Consumers can search database of payments made by pharmaceutical companies to health care providers.

By Teresa Mears Nov 8, 2010 2:38PM

A major investigative project by ProPublica and five news organizations has compiled a searchable public database of payments to individual doctors from U.S. drug companies.

While the project includes only seven companies, or about one-third of the market, it still provides an important look into the relationship between doctors and the pharmaceutical firms.


Consumers can search the data to check whether their doctors have received money.


What's better than a Segway tour? A deeply discounted Segway tour, that's what.

By Donna_Freedman Nov 8, 2010 1:57PM

I just bought $40 worth of Mexican food for the equivalent of $16.92. Or rather, I've arranged to buy the food in January, when I visit my daughter and son-in-law in Phoenix.

I've written before about social buying, the act of getting deep discounts on products and services through the power of bulk buying. In this case it's $20 gift vouchers to a Scottsdale restaurant for $10 apiece.


Nearly half of cell phone users with contracts said they would consider switching whenever the early-termination fee is no longer a factor.

By Karen Datko Nov 8, 2010 12:36PM

This post comes from Mark Huffman at partner site


A constant source of irritation for cell phone customers is the two-year contract, and a hefty early-termination fee if you break it.

So perhaps it's not surprising that a new survey of cell phone customers suggests that one in five consumers with contract-based service -- an estimated 24.6 million American adults -- is likely to switch in early 2011 to less expensive unlimited prepaid wireless service with no early-cancelation penalty.


Imagine a college that is so inexpensive, you don't need loans. A company has come up with a low-cost alternative.

By Stacy Johnson Nov 8, 2010 11:08AM

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


Lately we've been exploring "disruptive innovation": major changes that improve a product or service or lower the cost in such a fundamental way that it has the ability to permanently alter the playing field.

Last week we showed you a company that's offering health care without insurance for $50 a month. In this installment we explore "college without loans" -- a partial solution for spiraling tuition.


Here's a simple three-step process to make savings a priority instead of an afterthought.

By Karen Datko Nov 8, 2010 9:48AM

This post comes from J.D. Roth at partner blog Get Rich Slowly.


For many people, saving is tough. Between housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, credit card debt, student loans, and other expenses, there never seems to be enough left to set aside for long-term savings. And that's a problem. Most people try to save something out of what's left over instead of saving first.

One of the oldest rules of personal finance is to pay yourself first. All the money books tell you to do it. All the personal-finance blogs say it, too. Even your parents have probably given you the same advice. In fact, it's one of the fundamental tenets of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy.


But what's the best way to do it? What’s the most effective way to pay yourself first?



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