Will anyone have sympathy for the investors who gave their money to 'America's Prophet'?
Sean David Morton claimed that he used psychic powers developed in a Nepalese monastery to accurately predict market performance. "I have called ALL the highs and lows of the market, giving EXACT DATES for rises and crashes over the last 14 years," he wrote in his newsletter in 2006.
Bizarre claims alone aren’t enough to get you in trouble with the SEC, but messing with other people’s money is.
N.J. police write an average of 9,770 cell phone tickets a month. Meanwhile, a poll found an increase in texting while driving.
New Jersey has a law prohibiting drivers from texting or talking on their cell phones while behind the wheel, but it's clear many have not gotten the message.
The evidence is in the number of tickets state police officers have written over the last two years. In the past 23 months, 224,725 citations -- an average of 9,770 a month -- have been issued to motorists for violating the state's cell phone law.
Food coupons, audiobooks, kids' workshops and free museum admission are among this week's specials.
Here it is Friday already and time for another edition of Friday food freebies and deals. We’ve got some deals you can’t eat this weekend, too, thanks to our friends at Cities on the Cheap.
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If you’re worried you can’t possibly see all the Oscar-nominated films by Sunday, you might want to check out the Oscar movie marathons at the AMC and Cinemark chains.
Mark your calendar for Free Cone Day, coming up March 23 at Ben & Jerry’s.
It's easy, it's healthy and it's cheap. (But it's not always pretty.)
When I first made baby food for my daughter, the results were aesthetically delightful: smooth little circles of pale gold, beige, green and bright red (peach, applesauce, peas, beets) frozen so prettily on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper.
As she got older I blended the fruits and veggies more coarsely and sometimes added meat. Peas, carrots and bacon. Chicken, rice and green beans. Beef, potato and peas. Frankly, these gloppy little puddles looked more like something you'd buy at a joke shop and leave on the rug near the cat's bed.
One day I got the idea to stir-fry chicken livers and blend them with rice and carrots. My first reaction was anything but earth-motherish:
The smart sandwich artist at Subway cleverly gets you to pick extra cheese. You can learn from his methods.
The psychology behind saving, spending and selling is useful to know if you’re to grow your pennies. Equally, it’s important to understand what tactics and strategies help you to save -- and to identify situations in which you’re more likely to fall prey to impulse spending.
As I started looking out for these kinds of things myself, I became much more aware of sales techniques and “upselling”: for example, when a waiter suggests you have a side dish as well as a main course, or a sales assistant tries to convince you to take out an additional warranty on an electronic device. Such techniques can be dangerous if you’re trying to follow a budget, but I still find them fascinating.
Call me strange but over the last few weeks I’ve been paying particular attention to the “sandwich artists” in Subway stores, specifically how they handle the “extra cheese” question. Here are three examples of what I’ve heard:
How to find Thin Mints for less, plus a weekend's worth of sales.
Sure, you can help out your favorite Girl Scout troop by ordering from this year’s arriving stash of Thin Mints, Samoas or Trefoils. But you don’t have to overpay.
Last month, this former Scout ordered five boxes from a co-worker's daughter and happily tweeted about her haul. One of my Twitter followers responded: “Yeah, but Kelli, did you shop around? Prices vary, you know."
That's true. Girl Scouts of the USA allows each of the 100-plus local councils to set its own price.
Luckily for the sellers, the buyers announced on their wall how much they loved the place -- before they closed the deal.
Want to better the odds that you won't get the best possible deal on the house you're trying to buy?
Before you’ve closed, tell your friends -- and the world -- via your Facebook account how much you love the house and that you’ll spend anything to get it. Chances are the seller might be reading.
Finance gurus trade a few tweets as to whose advice is worse. What do you think?
Oooh, a Twitter smackdown!! It’s Suze Orman vs. Robert Kiyosaki in a knock-down, drag-out fight over who dishes out the best financial advice.
OK, maybe it was just a few tweets on the microblogging service, but it still has the personal-finance world all a-twitter (pun intended).
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