The deals can be accessed without having to prepurchase anything or print out coupons.
The service, called Link, Like, Love, is now accessible on AmEx's Facebook page, and cardholders can sign up by clicking on the link and entering their name, email address and card number on a secure webpage.
There's a definite cost savings in using dried beans, but do you have the time?
This post comes from Trent Hamm at partner blog The Simple Dollar.
A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for posts that people would like to see. On Facebook, Meena asked: "Cost comparison between canned beans and cooking from dry -- is it really worth the extra time?"
We use a lot of beans in our cooking. Generally, if we can plan ahead, we cook our own beans, not necessarily because it's a winner in terms of cost or time, but because freshly cooked beans taste a lot better (at least to me).
In order to really make this comparison, though, we need some numbers.
With all the great rewards being offered right now, there's no reason to settle for offers like these. Here's how to compare.
This post comes from Jason Steele at partner site Money Talks News.
If you always pay your credit card balance in full and on time, you deserve to be rewarded for your loyalty. Your credit card should pay you.
The market for rewards credit cards has become extremely competitive, as we've previously reported. (See: "Rewards return for some credit card holders.") But that hasn't stopped banks and others from offering some truly awful products.
You're probably angry about Netflix's sudden -- and significant -- price increase, but are you really ready to drop the service? Here's how to make the most of it.
Netflix customers have announced -- loud and clear -- how upset they are about the latest price increase. Customers who continue to combine streaming and DVD rental will see a 60% price increase on or after Sept. 1.
A customer who's billed $9.99 a month now for unlimited streaming and one mailed DVD at a time will pay $15.98 -- $7.99 each for streaming and one-at-a-time DVDs. Big price increase. Same service.
Sure, we could quit Netflix in disgust, as many have threatened. But when we consider all the alternatives available -- we gave up paid TV more than a year ago and don't plan to go back -- we still prefer Netflix's service. The question now is: How can we get more value from it?
Everything must go! How to shop Borders now.
This post comes from Kelli B. Grant at partner site SmartMoney.
Executives for Borders, which filed for bankruptcy protection in February, announced late Monday that the bookstore chain had been unable to find a buyer that would enable it to keep operating. Its only bidders were liquidation firms Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group. If a judge approves the purchase Thursday, sales could begin as early as Friday.
The Gang of Six plan to cut the federal deficit calls for changes to both but doesn't spell out many details.
You've heard of the Gang of Six by now -- the bipartisan group of senators who have crafted a plan to get the nation past the looming default crisis and into long-term deficit-reduction mode. (We should all be grateful for their hard work, even if we don't agree with them.)
Their proposal is to slash the federal deficit by $3.7 trillion over 10 years. From The Washington Post:
It also calls for raising more than $1 trillion over the next decade by reducing a variety of popular tax breaks and deductions, including breaks for home mortgage interest and employer-provided health care. While some of those savings would be dedicated to debt reduction, the rest would go toward lowering tax rates for everyone, with top individual and corporate rates dropping to at least 29 percent, down from 35 percent.
That got your attention, no? But what exactly would happen to Social Security and Medicare, which, by virtue of their size and growth rate, must be a part of any discussion?
Consumers who are overwhelmed by debt have more options than the government does to fix the problem.
"Basically, the government doesn't take in enough money to pay off all of its bills," Mark Lieberman, a private economic consultant and former senior economist for Fox Business Network, tells MainStreet. He explains that currently, the U.S. borrows 43 cents of every dollar captured in its fiscal budget.
But while it's expected that our government will need to tap other countries for financing, the debt ceiling, currently set at $14.3 trillion, exists to cap just how much our country can legally borrow, and raising this ceiling -- which Republicans and Democrats in Congress are grappling over -- would be like taking out a new credit card to pay off an old one.
This is where the analogy ends.
Rather than toss things like paper towel rolls, dish soap bottles and plastic shopping bags, repurpose them. Here's how.
This post comes from Janey Osterlind at partner blog Wise Bread.
If you're anything like me, you're throwing out too much with the trash. Even though I recycle, I often think that I could surely be doing more to cut down on waste. With a little creative thinking, I've come up with a list of 10 household items I could be saving rather than tossing out.
Here they are, along with some of the ways they can be reused.
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