Ice cream, burgers, pancakes and more, just for being born.
Over the next 10 days I'll be eating at Red Robin, IHOP, Qdoba and Cold Stone Creamery. The good news is that all the food will be free because Dec. 5 is my birthday.
The bad news? I have to speak the phrase "Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n' Fruity," the name of the gratis grub being offered at IHOP.
Agency calls on industry and Congress to create more privacy protections for consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed that Internet users get more privacy from the spying eyes of marketers who are tracking their moves around the Web.
In a 122-page report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change" (.pdf file), the FTC staff recommended that marketing firms, technology companies and Congress take steps to protect consumer privacy, including creating a "do not track" mechanism. While "do not track" has been compared with the "do not call" list that keeps telemarketers from interrupting your dinner, "do not track" is a much more complex issue.
The FTC is collecting public comment on what mechanisms would work best. Any significant moves would have to come from industry or Congress.
Congress has said no. So what's next for the millions of people depending on those checks?
You've likely read that Congress can't agree to renew extended unemployment benefits, meaning 2 million jobless Americans will lose those checks by the end of December, and 2 million more will join their ranks in the first two months of the new year.
Sounds simple enough, but confusion reigns. Some seem to think the current debate is over whether every unemployed person is entitled to 99 weeks of benefits -- or even more.
That's not what's happening here. To best understand, let's look at the benefits unemployed people have been eligible for in the last two years and what will happen now.
Some believe you're better off leaving it lie, though a good Samaritan might take more initiative.
You're walking down the street, you look down and you see a debit card lying at your feet.
Do you pick it up?
Picking up a fallen debit card and trying to return it to the rightful owner isn't necessarily the best course of action. Are you surprised?
Shopping for that special someone, guys? Here are five things you might want to cross off your list.
When it comes to gift giving, the thought does count -- but think twice before you shop for the special lady on your list.
Although we pick presents with good intentions, let's not forget that good intentions also pave the road to hell. So if you're a guy without much experience in gifting, or if your special someone has ever found your "perfect gift" perfectly offensive, read on.
Blogger gets disappointing results after participating in four auctions at the website.
A reader recently asked for my opinion of QuiBids, an online auction site where you have to pay for your bids, but bids only make the auctions go up in 1- or 2-cent increments. I replied that my back-of-the-envelope math makes the site not worth your time.
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Several readers wrote to me immediately afterward, bragging about various items they got at a steep discount and urging me to reconsider my perspective on it. So I decided to give the site a fair shake.
Budgets are tight and gift lists can be long, so it's time to start looking for ways to find more cash.
This post comes from MSN Money's Liz Pulliam Weston.
The holidays can be expensive -- and there are only so many people you can kick off your gift list before you start to feel positively Scrooge-like. When you can’t trim expenses any further, it’s time to look for ways to raise more cash.
Now, you could try holding a yard sale (in the snow) or opening a lemonade stand (in the snow), but there are other, easier ways to come up with free money, including the following:
New technology brings new ways to use mobile devices, but it also is likely to bring even more complex wireless pricing plans.
Here's news you didn't want to hear: Cell phone plans are likely to get more complicated.
That's right. A product with which you can easily incur $34,000-plus in charges for just a few months of misunderstanding is going to make it even more difficult to understand your service –- at least if you want to do more than talk. You didn't think new technology was all fun and games, did you?
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