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6 million Americans survive on food stamps and no other income. Former restaurant critic Ed Murrieta is one of them.

By Karen Datko Jun 2, 2010 5:21PM

Some food writers take the ultimate dining challenge -- eat only the subsistence diet provided by food stamps -- on a lark, or because their cigar-chomping editor tells them to.


And then there are the food writers who have to -- namely Ed Murrieta, who left a newspaper restaurant-critic job with a $1,300-a-month expense account to start his own website. ". . . and when my entrepreneurial dream fizzled along with the economy, my food budget -- my total income -- plunged to $200 a month," he wrote in a first-person account for The Seattle Times.


AT&T is starting what could become a disturbing trend: Eliminating your ability to pay a flat fee for unlimited Internet usage.

By Stacy Johnson Jun 2, 2010 12:20PM

This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.


If you're planning on getting an iPhone, iPad or other Web-surfing wireless device from AT&T, don't plan on unlimited Internet access for a low monthly fee.

On Monday, June 7, AT&T will stop offering unlimited Internet access for new smart-phone customers.


National Doughnut Day, which is today, honors the sweet treat's role in American culture. You can thank the Salvation Army.

By Teresa Mears Jun 2, 2010 11:26AM

If ever a food deserved a national day, it's the doughnut.


Once an icon of American culture, the poor doughnut has lately been much maligned, used as an example of everything that's wrong with American food.


Friday is National Doughnut Day. Let us remember the doughnut's place in our history. Yes, there is free food involved.


Start first with what you can afford for rent. There are several ways to figure that out.

By Karen Datko Jun 2, 2010 10:58AM

This post comes from Jim Wang at partner blog Bargaineering.


Why am I writing a post about how to find an apartment? It seems so easy, right? Look around in the areas you like, pick a place, sign a lease, and you're done.


Unfortunately, while it seems very easy, the process is fraught with ways you can get screwed.


They can do everything from gripping lids to securing bed slats, and keeping paint cans nice and neat.

By Karen Datko Jun 2, 2010 9:39AM

This post comes from Paul Michael at partner blog Wise Bread.


The simple rubber (or elastic) band is one of those nifty little items that cost next to nothing and yet have so many uses. There's always a bag of them in our junk drawer, and I also make sure my office drawer has a plentiful supply, too.

But just how versatile is that modest rubber band?


Well, I thought I'd do a little digging. Myscha listed eight great ones already. I have my own uses, of course, and they represent a good chunk of the following list. But I wanted to know how other people use them. I was genuinely surprised at some of the responses I got.


These jobs promise a bigger paycheck than some jobs that require a college education.

By Stacy Johnson Jun 2, 2010 8:32AM

This post comes from Donna Gehrke-White at partner site Money Talks News.


Conventional wisdom has it that if you want a good job that pays well, you need a college degree.


But five of the professions expected to see the most new jobs this year not only don't require a four-year degree, they can pay more than the average $46,000 salary of a college graduate.

Get one of these jobs, and you may be the envy of a humanities major with a job paying less than $30,000 a year or no job at all.


Google is blamed for directing a pedestrian to a state highway with no sidewalks.

By Karen Datko Jun 1, 2010 4:05PM

File this under "We're not making this up": A woman is suing Google after she followed a suggested Google Maps walking route and was struck by a car.


Lauren Rosenberg looked up Google Maps directions on her BlackBerry on Jan. 19, 2009, to walk from a street address in Park City, Utah, to another Park City location. The directions included just over a half-mile walk on Deer Valley Drive or State Road 224, which has no sidewalks and looks like this.


Her lawsuit seeks at least $100,000. Her pain and suffering could very well be exacerbated by comments across the Web.


"PSA for the day: Google may seem all-powerful and all-knowing, but if it tells you to walk off a cliff, you really don't have to," Kayla Webly wrote in her report about the lawsuit at Time.


Want a cheap handset? Steer clear of your carrier.

By Karen Datko Jun 1, 2010 1:17PM

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


In the market for a new cell phone? Consider shopping at the nearest electronics store.


Starting today, Wal-Mart will sell the 16GB iPhone 3GS for $97 with a two-year AT&T contract, instead of the $199 price tag both AT&T and Apple offer. When Wal-Mart announced its planned price drop last week, analysts and consumers alike saw the move as a confirmation that Apple would unveil a new model of the popular smart phone in June.

But it's not at all unusual for big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart,, Best Buy and RadioShack to offer handset prices that are significantly lower than those at carriers.



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