Company is paying customers more than they spent, in hopes of getting back millions of glasses recalled over cadmium.
If you bought Shrek drinking glasses at McDonald's, the restaurant wants them back. It wants them back so badly that it is paying $3 per glass, up to $1.01 more than customers spent for them.
The 12 million glasses, painted with characters from the film "Shrek Forever After," were recalled June 4 after California Congresswoman Jackie Spier passed along an anonymous tip she received to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cadmium is a heavy metal that can cause health problems with long-term exposure.
McDonald's distributed about 7.5 million of the glasses, and it is offering the unusual financial incentive of reimbursing customers more than they spent in hopes of getting them all back. To get the refund, customers merely have to bring the glasses back to any McDonald's restaurant (inside only) and fill out a form, no receipt required. McDonald's has created a page to explain the process.
Earning a kickback for online purchases after Microsoft's Bing cash-back ends.
Getting a little extra back on online purchases is as simple as using the right middleman.
Reward portals offer cash, point or mile rebates for shoppers who use the portals to link to and purchase from partner retailers. The sites have taken off in recent years as a way for banks, airlines, hotels and independent businesses to promote loyalty.
The competition is fierce. Microsoft announced last week that its Bing cash-back portal will stop offering rewards on July 30.
Some people complain that used stuff smells funny, or that buying used stuff makes them feel cheap.
I revel in used stuff.
I use PaperBackSwap almost religiously. I love shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops. I look forward to yard sales and make a day out of "community yard sale day."
Undeniably, though, there are drawbacks. Sure, you get a nice bargain, but no purchase is a perfect one. Whenever I talk about my love of buying things used, I hear from people about the problems of buying used -- and some of the same topics come up time and time again.
Used stuff smells funny or isn't clean.
It appears that some of those Top 10 or Top 100 lists of best cities for retirees are better than others.
Retirement is beckoning, but where should you live out your golden years? Luckily, several respected media outlets produce recommended Top 10 or Top 25 or Top 100 lists. (And not one of them includes a spot beneath the railroad bridge. Hope springs eternal.)
But how are these lists compiled? What are their criteria? Is one better than another for matching locations with your actual plans and income? Richard Eisenberg rated the raters for CBS MoneyWatch, and here's what he found:
Some people report improved health from money-saving tactics, but financial stress can make it harder to embrace healthy habits.
Here's a new survey that tells us something we could have told them: Being frugal can be good for your health.
First Command's monthly financial survey of 1,000 families making more than $50,000 per year found that 49% of the respondents believe that their frugal habits are making them healthier, and 45% believe that some of their frugal habits are making them healthier. Only 6% said frugality was making them less healthy.
Formulas from Tide deliver the cleanest clothes. Martha Stewart detergent finishes last in tests.
The latest Consumer Reports tests of more than 50 laundry detergents continue to show that buying a high-priced product doesn't guarantee cleaner clothes.
Formulas from Tide topped ratings of conventional and high-efficiency formulas, but there are other, less-expensive formulas from manufacturers such as Gain that offer comparable cleaning.
New options let travelers catch a movie for less than $5.
Travelers stuck at the airport this summer can catch up on their favorite movies and TV shows, thanks to low-cost rentals popping up in terminals and other budget-friendly on-the-go options.
Starting this month, NCR Corp. -- the company behind Blockbuster Express movie-rental kiosks -- will be installing digital download kiosks at 57 InMotion Entertainment airport stores at 35 airports. Travelers will be able to download their choice of thousands of new and older titles, for an average cost of $4 apiece. The download disappears after 30 days, or 48 hours after the file is opened. Earlier this week, Netflix announced a free streaming video app for subscribers, which will be available once the new Apple iPhone 4G launches this summer.
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There are so many ways your old paid-for car is saving you serious money, and 'incestuous affirmation' is not your problem.
I've always been slightly amazed how the new-car market is so readily embraced. I know it takes all those new-car buyers to allow us used-car shoppers the luxury of so much inventory. I just want to stay in the ranks of the latter, not the former.
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Most people realize that buying new often makes little financial sense, yet they justify it through a whole host of rationalizations. Even the federal government jumped on the bandwagon last year by suggesting we all needed to grind up our clunkers and buy new instead -- for the sake of the national economy and the environment, no less. Was the result a whole fleet of new fuel-efficient cars on the road, or increased consumer debt and the loss of thousands of serviceable older vehicles?
At the risk of sounding like I suffer from an acute case of sour grapes, I'd like to explore just seven ways in which my old clunker may be a smarter choice than even the newest hybrid.
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