Want to upgrade? Prepare for a big bill.
This post comes from Mark Huffman at partner site ConsumerAffairs.com.
For many iPhone users, AT&T's attitude toward them seems to be, "What have you done for me lately?"
Consumers posting comments on the AT&T support forum are calling for an iPhone users revolt, with the aim of persuading the carrier -- for now the exclusive iPhone network -- to change its upgrade policy.
2010 census will put 1.4 million peope to work.
If you're out of work or looking to supplement your income, you might want to consider working for the U.S. Census Bureau to help conduct the 2010 census. According to CNNMoney, the 2010 census will put 1.4 million people to work and is projected to cost $14 billion.
If you want to make some extra cash and you have the time, you might want to get the ball rolling on securing a job with the Census Bureau.
Focus on your budget's fixed monthly costs.
This post comes from partner blog ConsumerAffairs.com.
When large corporations face tough times, they often hire "efficiency experts" who come in and tell them how to save money. Households, struggling under the strain of higher gasoline prices, could use the same kind of service right about now.
Playing the role of an efficiency expert, Consumer Reports magazine says it has looked for and found ways for the average consumer household to trim up to $500 a month from its budget. Even at $4 a gallon, that buys a lot of gas.
First Friday in June is the official day to celebrate the doughnut.
Around here we think of every day as doughnut day, but those with more self-restraint know the real thing comes the first Friday in June -- today, in fact.
The celebration was launched in 1938, in the depths of the Great Depression, as a Salvation Army fund-raiser honoring the volunteer “lassies” who served coffee and fresh doughnuts by the thousands to homesick soldiers in France during World War I.
Comedian overcame $3 million IRS debt.
Irreverent, hilarious, provocative and profane -- all were qualities of the great George Carlin, who died Sunday from heart failure. But who knew that Carlin was also a good source of financial advice?
What else would you expect from the comedian who so well understood our fascination with materialism, as demonstrated by his "A Place for My Stuff"? ("Bouncing Back" at Bouncing Back from Bankruptcy, one of many Carlin fans who mourned his passing online, provides a link to the "stuff" routine. Considering it's Carlin, the language is only slightly off-color.)
Metal credit card is only for big spenders.
What's in our wallet? We can assure you it's not the American Express Black Card.
We hadn't even heard of this ultra-exclusive card -- known officially as the Centurion -- until we stumbled upon a personal Web site dedicated to unveiling its secrets.
Some guy not in the employ of Amex spends his time singing the praises of a piece of metal (it's not plastic)? We just had to read on, if only to see how the other half lives.
Credit crisis and record high gas prices are to blame.
This post comes from Truman Lewis at partner blog ConsumerAffairs.com.
The credit crisis and record high gas prices have teamed up to drive the world's largest Chevrolet dealer out of business. Bill Heard Enterprises is closing all 13 of its stores today, the company told its local managers on Wednesday.
Insiders said the company notified the stores' general managers of the closing at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Automotive News reported. It closed a store in Arizona earlier this month.
Upselling, crouching next to tables, smiley faces on the check are all part of a smart server's arsenal.
Do you feel warm and fuzzy -- and more generous -- when your waiter draws a smiley face on your check? Do you feel a bond when your server engages you in chitchat? According to Richard at Student Scrooge, these are devices waiters employ to pump up the tip.
When he researched them, Richard said, "I had a whole series of flashbacks to all of these moments at the end of a meal where I undoubtedly was influenced by some of these strategies. Is tipping some sort of game of psychological warfare?"
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