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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.

 

More people are giving themselves higher marks for being money-savvy, but survey indicates many still need help.

By Karen Datko Apr 19, 2010 2:54PM

In the weeks preceding Financial Literacy Month, the fourth annual Consumer Financial Literacy Survey asked people to grade themselves. Are they getting smarter about money?

 

“In 2009, 41% graded themselves as C, D or F, with only 34% falling into that category in 2010,” says the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, which sponsored the survey.

 

The survey showed that people have gotten a bit more money-savvy in the last few years, but the results were a mixed bag. Considering that April is Financial Literacy Month, isn’t now a good time to take stock of yourself? Ask yourself these questions:

 

Computer firm returned the souls and confessed to an April Fool's prank. But much of life's fine print isn't as amusing.

By Teresa Mears Apr 19, 2010 12:52PM

You know it’s dangerous to skip all the fine print you’re asked to read when you sign up at a website, but there’s so much of it.

 

An April Fool’s Day prank by a British online game seller demonstrated how few people really do read the fine print: 88% of the site’s customers agreed to give up their immortal souls in order to buy goods from GameStation, according to a report by Fox News.

By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.
 

Nobody cares more about your money than you do.

By Karen Datko Apr 19, 2010 10:23AM

This post comes from J.D. Roth at partner blog Get Rich Slowly.

 

There’s been an influx of new readers at Get Rich Slowly lately. To serve as an intro to the new folks (and to celebrate the site’s fourth anniversary, and in honor of Financial Literacy Month), today I’m going to review my financial philosophy. Although we covered each of these points in turn last autumn, it’s been awhile since I collected these core values in one location.

 

Based on my research -- and my experience with what does and doesn’t work -- I’ve compiled a list of 14 guidelines that form the basis of everything I write.

 

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