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Labor Day Sales 2012: Where To Find Hot Deals And Big Discounts

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 2:17 PM

Labor Day is here. And though you'll have to put your white pants away in storage until next season, you may also want to keep your wallet handy for some great deals and discounts.

In fact, according to data from the shopping blog Shop It To Me, Labor...

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Easthampton Savings Bank ATM Spits Out $50 Bills Instead Of $20s -- On Purpose

(18) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Who's up for a little reward without the risk? That's exactly what one community bank is serving up with a recent ATM promotion.

Easthampton Savings Bank is promoting its new Loan and Banking Center in the western Massachusetts city by letting the ATM there go wild. The...

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10 People Who Are Getting Ahead Of You At Work

(7) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 10:35 AM

It's a dog-eat-dog world and unfortunately, if you're not single, skinny and good-looking, you're more likely to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

At least that's true in the corporate world, where serious advantages exist if you happen to be a the right gender or have...

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Highest-Paid Celebrities: Forbes List Ranks Oprah, Hollywood Directors Highest

(36) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 4:28 PM

2011 was the year of the director, according to Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities list.

While Oprah took the top-earning slot, bringing in an estimated $165 million in the last year, she was followed by a slew of both "in-the-moment" directors and legendary standbys, like "Transformers" director...

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10 Costs You Should Always Negotiate

(50) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 5:19 PM

With unemployment rising and the likelihood of a raise dwindling, Americans are looking for ways to cut costs across the board.

Unfortunately, many of us overlook the handful of blind payments, like cable and Internet service, that we make each month and don't look twice...

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Kid's Allowance Is $780 Per Year On Average: Survey

(19) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 12:55 PM

Gone are the days of piggy banks. Kids these days just aren't saving much.

According to a recent survey by the American Institute of CPAs, kids that earn an allowance are making an average of $780 a year, or about $15 a week.

Unfortunately, most of the...

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10 Things You Should Never Pay For

(381) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 4:57 PM

Is the era of free stuff coming to an end? Many signs would point to yes.

Banks continue to slap on fees for what most considered entitled services, like making ATM withdrawals or using a debit card, and airlines are now notorious for charging fees...

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10 Luxury Cars That Are Most Likely To Be Stolen

(26) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 3:17 PM

Every 40 seconds a car in the United States is stolen, according to the most recent FBI data on auto theft.

While the Toyota Camry takes home the award for the most stolen car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thieves are also...

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10 Ways To Retaliate Against Bad Customer Service

(258) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Hell hath no fury like a customer scorned.

We've all been there: that hour-long phone call with a customer service rep that concluded only with a dropped call; that assembly-required bookshelf that came packaged without the necessary nuts and bolts; that time your cable provider left you without Internet for...

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London Olympic Torches For Sale On eBay

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 3:09 PM

Want to snag a piece of Olympic history? Good news! You can.

An Olympic torch is currently being auctioned on eBay, where bids topped $40,000 for a package that includes an official Olympic torch bearer's uniform.

While torches have always been "one of the hottest Olympic collectibles," according...

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Bad Bosses Cause Employee Stress, Poor Health

(44) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 1:27 PM

It turns out work may very well be the death of you.

Bad managers are the culprits behind enormous health costs and can be a "major source of misery" for many employees, according to psychologist and leadership consultant Robert Hogan, who presented research at the American Psychological...

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5 Ways Olympic Athletes Are Better At Money Management Than You

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Olympic athletes may seem superhuman given their muscular builds, flawless postures, effective coordination and agile grace. But when it comes to their personal finances, their lives are a lot more ordinary than you might think.

Olympic athletes do not receive paychecks from the International Olympic Committee, though most governments...

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Turning Foreclosures Into Rentals: 10 Cities With The Hottest Markets

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 1:01 PM

A growing number of savvy investors are profitting off of the volatile housing market by buying foreclosed homes from big banks and turning them into rentals.

With an excess of foreclosed homes on the market and the demand for rental homes skyrocketing, the business of...

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Sales Tax Holidays 2012: Your Guide To Tax-Free Shopping

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 9:33 AM

The glory days of tax-free online shopping may be numbered. But shoppers can still come out on top by simply thinking ahead about when and where to shop.

In many states, sales tax is either reduced or dropped entirely for a couple of days every year. This...

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Robin Ramirez, Amiko Fountain, Marilyn Johnson Charged With Running $40 Million Counterfeit Coupon Ring

(87) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Three Arizona women took extreme couponing to a whole new level.

Phoenix police arrested 40-year-old Robin Ramirez, 42-year-old Amiko Fountain and 54-year-old Marilyn Johnson on July 10 after the trio was discovered running a counterfeit coupon ring, the Associated Press reported. Police recovered $40 million...

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India Sanchez Hidalgo, Identity Theft Suspect, Busted After Papa John's Ordering Pizza

(11) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:18 PM

A Louisville, Ky. woman ordered a pizza and got arrested.

India Sanchez Hidalgo, 23, placed an order for a Papa John's pie, using what was apparently a stolen credit card. Instead of dispatching a delivery-person, the fast-food chain alerted the police who showed up, sans tasty snack, at Hidalgo's door,...

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Craigslist Odd Jobs: Strangest Job Postings Of The Week

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 5:55 PM

Discouraged by headline after headline on the dismal job market? So are we.

That's why we've turned to the creative cats on Craigslist to brighten our spirits. We scoured the job boards and found a bevy of hilarious and strange jobs that are ripe for the taking....

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World's Most Expensive Foods: Dishpal (INFOGRAPHIC)

(139) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 1:14 PM

In today's world of $33 club sandwiches and 23-carat gold edible cupcakes, there's nothing stopping extreme foodies from traversing the globe in search of the priciest eats.

How do world class chefs justify such insane prices? Check out the ingredients that go into...

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Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Sells For $7.1 Million, Making It The Most Expensive Rolls Royce Sold At Auction (PHOTOS)

(293) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Car enthusiasts at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed witnessed a record-breaking auction when a classic Rolls Royce sold for 5.8 million euros ($7.1 million) to an anonymous bidder on June 29, making it the most expensive Rolls Royce ever sold at an auction.

First manufactured in...

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Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Sells For $7.1 Million, Making It The Most Expensive Rolls Royce Sold At Auction (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Car enthusiasts at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed witnessed a record-breaking auction when a classic Rolls Royce sold for 5.8 million euros ($7.1 million) to an anonymous bidder on June 29, making it the most expensive Rolls Royce ever sold at an auction.

First manufactured in...

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