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Redesign of largest U.S. note in circulation is aimed at deterring counterfeiting. Most of the bills circulate outside the country.

By Teresa Mears Apr 21, 2010 11:31AM

Benjamin Franklin may have been dead for 220 years, but he still has managed to appear on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

 

The U.S. Treasury Department has unveiled the new $100 bill design, pulling out all the social media stops. If you didn’t happen to catch the unveiling live, you can watch it on YouTube. 

 

The new bill, the first revamp since 1996, was designed with more security features, and you can watch those on video here. It will go into circulation in February 2011.

 

Cut the cost of organic and other eco-friendly items.

By Karen Datko Apr 21, 2010 10:04AM

This Deal of the Day comes from Kelli B. Grant at partner site SmartMoney.

 

Does going green have to equal spending more?

 

Americans seem to think so. Last year, largely because of recession belt-tightening, about a third of Americans regularly bought green products -- the same level as 2008, and a reversal of the double-digit growth that characterized the green market between 2007 and 2008, according to market researcher Mintel.

 

While the majority of shoppers aren’t willing to pay a premium for eco-friendly goods, the committed green shopper is -- and calculates that savings can accrue over the life of a product, says Brian Howard, founder of TheDailyGreen.com, an eco-living site. He cites compact fluorescent bulbs as one example. Other items, like organic produce, offer perceived value in health and environmental benefits.

 

To broaden the number of eco-friendly customers, manufacturers and retailers are taking some steps to drive down prices.

 

Her grocer sells the not-perfect fruits and veggies at a big discount.

By Karen Datko Apr 21, 2010 8:51AM

This post comes from Linsey Knerl at partner blog Wise Bread.

 

My grocer has a little-known secret: It sells damaged and past-date produce weekly. To find it, you have to go around the corner of the regular produce aisle, next to where the employees take their breaks, and right in front of where the forklifts go in and out. It’s in a wire bin with no special markings or signage.

 

It’s our little piece of heaven.

 

We're consuming too much sodium, and it's contributing to hypertension, cardiovascular disease and higher health care costs.

By Karen Datko Apr 20, 2010 4:37PM

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

 

You may not keep a saltshaker on the table, but if your diet consists of food from a box, a can or a bag, chances are you're getting more sodium in your diet than is healthy. A medical group now wants the Food and Drug Administration to set limits on salt in processed food.

 

The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, said the FDA in fact has plans to do that. “The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products,” the Post said.

 

Volcanoes do erupt, once again proving the need for an emergency fund. As they say, stuff happens.

By Karen Datko Apr 20, 2010 3:16PM

Despite what one TV commercial suggests (ladies, you know the one), Mother Nature is not to be messed with, underestimated or denied. Her latest dustup -- eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull (click here for a pronunciation guide) -- has put a major crimp in many people’s travel plans.

 

Oh, sure, it’s a shame that some of Europe’s royalty weren’t able to attend the queen of Denmark’s 70th birthday bash because flights were grounded. But for possibly millions of regular, everyday people like you and me, the shutdown of air traffic across Europe because of the massive ash cloud has caused a real hardship. (Update: Flight restrictions began loosening today.)

 

Schumer leads the charge against carry-on fees. But would you rather pay fees or higher fares?

By Teresa Mears Apr 20, 2010 2:17PM

Congress may have been slow to respond to the economic crisis, but several members have jumped right on what they apparently consider a more pressing issue: carry-on bag fees.

 

Spirit Airlines’ announcement that it would begin charging up to $45 per bag for carry-on luggage has drawn a flurry of congressional action, including a bill to tax carry-on bag revenue. Sen. Charles Schumer, D.-N.Y., personally garnered promises from five airlines -- Delta, United, JetBlue, American and US Airways -- that they would not begin the nefarious practice of charging customers to carry a bag onto an airplane.

 

We’re not sure how long that pledge will last, but rest assured that, unless you’re flying Spirit or one of the airlines that didn’t respond, your sacred carry-on is safe from fees until they pry it from your cold, dead hands. You will, however, have to lift it over your head and into the overhead bin.

 

What is it in your state, and why can waiters be paid $2.13 an hour?

By Karen Datko Apr 20, 2010 11:27AM

This post comes from Jim Wang at partner blog Bargaineering.

 

The labor laws in the United States can be, at times, very confusing. Ever wonder why waiters at a restaurant can be paid as little as $2.13 an hour while the federal minimum wage is more than three times higher? How much is the minimum wage? Why is overtime pay 1.5 times regular pay for nonexempt employees but not required for exempt employees? What does exempt actually mean?

 

Want to use my Fort Lauderdale home for a few weeks? OK, provided you've got a place for me to crash in Manhattan.

By Stacy Johnson Apr 20, 2010 4:15AM

This post comes from partner site Money Talks News.

 

The single most expensive part of any vacation is almost invariably the hotel, especially when your travel plans include Earth's truly expensive spots: places like San Francisco, London, New York, Tokyo or Paris.

 

Adding to the pain is the fact that while you’re paying big, you’re ending up in a comparatively tiny space with far fewer amenities than you have at home. But there’s a simple solution to this expensive dilemma.

 

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