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Coupon for McCafe fruit smoothie, $10 gift card with purchase, and free e-reader apps are yours for the taking.

By Teresa Mears Jul 16, 2010 1:17PM

This week, the world of Friday food deals and freebies has gone high-tech.


Starbucks has joined McDonald's in offering free Wi-Fi all the time -- though that may be a mixed blessing if your Starbucks is as crowded as mine is now.

Borders and Barnes & Noble both have free e-reader book apps you can download to your smart phone or computer.


Forget hiking into the back of beyond. Pitch your tent a little closer to home.

By Donna_Freedman Jul 16, 2010 1:12PM
Camping can be one of the cheapest vacations there is. Personal-finance blogger Lynnae at Being Frugal knows the perfect place for it: right behind your house.
"Even if you don't have the time, money, or inclination to load up the camping equipment and head to the woods, your kids can still experience the joy of a campout," she wrote in a post called "Recipe for a backyard campout."

And here's another good reason to try "roughing it": 

For years, employees have been in the dark about the fees they pay to invest in 401k's. The Department of Labor has finally agreed to turn on the lights.

By Stacy Johnson Jul 16, 2010 11:05AM

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


For the first time since the 401k retirement plan began, participants may soon see how much they're paying in fees. They may not like what they see.


A study suggests that a third don't believe they should intervene if another physician is impaired or incompetent.

By Karen Datko Jul 16, 2010 10:23AM

This post comes from partner site


If your doctor had a drug problem or was impaired in some other way, you would probably hope that colleagues would intervene and see that he gets help. A new survey suggests that doesn't happen very often.


A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said a survey of physicians found that while most support the professional commitment to report other physicians who they feel are incompetent or impaired -- such as from alcohol or drug use -- many did not follow through on making a report when faced with such a situation.


Smart people don't report higher wealth than less intelligent people. They apparently just save less of their larger incomes.

By Karen Datko Jul 16, 2010 7:38AM

This guest post comes from Pop at Pop Economics.


Oscar Wilde died broke, why not you?


OK, bad example. Wilde was an extremely gifted poet and playwright, but he had a lot of personal and legal problems confounding him before his death. This post is about a question that's a little more clear-cut than that: Does being smart make you better with money?


Yeah, it's wide-ranging, and you think you might know the answer off the top of your head. My automatic answer was, "Yes! Of course." Smart people are better at math, which would make them see through to the consequences of their decisions more clearly, right?


I dug up an old Yahoo Answers user who posited the same question. The winning answer had a bunch of mumbo jumbo about common sense versus book smarts and something called a "social IQ." So the Web 1.0 unscientific survey of anonymous Web users named "species456," "Father Christmas," and "Ratz" says intelligence and money aren't correlated at all.


I was hoping to find the definitive economic analysis that would allow Pop to smack Ratz back to the, um, sewer, but (sigh) things are never that clear-cut. So, without further ado, let's get to how smarts affect wealth.


It's not easy to boil down 2,300 pages of new legislation into 1,000 words, but here's the down and dirty of what you need to know.

By Stacy Johnson Jul 15, 2010 3:00PM

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


The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (.pdf file), otherwise known as financial regulatory reform, will soon be signed into law by President Barack Obama now that Congress has passed it. There's no single article that can fully explain every way in which this sweeping legislation -- all 2,319 pages of it -- will ultimately impact your life. But it's important to understand at least the basics.


Let's have a look inside this new reform measure.


Some brides are making deals for pre-ceremony resales, hoping to recoup part of the cost of designer gowns.

By Teresa Mears Jul 15, 2010 2:07PM

We all can see the economic benefit of buying a used wedding dress or selling your wedding dress after the big day.


But Jennifer Saranow Schultz of The New York Times' Bucks blog informs us of another frugal trend: selling the dress BEFORE the ceremony.


New policies will eliminate co-pays or deductibles for some services.

By Karen Datko Jul 15, 2010 1:01PM

This post comes from Mark Huffman at partner site


Starting Sept. 23, a range of preventive health care procedures, including colonoscopies and mammograms, must be provided to consumers at no out-of-pocket expense under any new health insurance policy.


The White House said Wednesday that under the health care law passed earlier this year, insurance companies must cover preventive services without the policyholder paying a deductible or co-payment.



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