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28 Of The Worst Money-Saving Ideas Ever


Earlier this week we asked you for the worst things you’ve ever tried to do in order to save money that really didn’t work out, and you bowled us over with your responses! Over 190 comments poured in, some utilitarian,…

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Subway To Start Tessellating Cheese July 1?


Three years after the protests began, it seems Subway has finally listened to its customers and will start tessellating cheese on its sandwiches, according to what appears to be an internal weekly newsletter.
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As the image shows,…

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BP Oil Spill More Like 12,000-19,000 Barrels Per Day


First BP told us 1,000, then 5,000, and now a joint federal and independent research task force estimates that 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil were spewing into the Gulf since the crisis began, NYT reports. If the numbers are…

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How Fraudsters Make Fake Credit Cards


There’s many ways your credit card can be stolen and exploited, but this is one of the more sophisticated: In this WIRED video, Detective Bob Watts of Newport Beach Police Department shows how crooks take your credit card numbers they…

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Travel: Is That Online Deal For Real?


Our inboxes and search results are filled with great-sounding travel deals, $35 airline tickets, $399 three-day all-inclusives and the like, but have you ever actually tried to snag one? Oftentimes it seems a low “landing prices” shoots up after all…

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Poor People Spend 9% Of Income On Lottery Tickets


A recent study found that poor folks – households earning under $13,000 per year – spend about 9% of all their income on lottery tickets.
Jonah Lehrer:
The study neatly illuminates the sad positive feedback loop of lotteries. The games…

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Get 20% Off At Coldstone Creamery


It’s been blazin’ in New York all day. I’ve got two Vornados on me, a minimal amount of clothing, and I’m wearing a coldpack on my head. So, in the spirit of temperature abatement, I am delighted to share this…

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Why Paying More For Brand Name Drugs Is Folly


There are some people out there who just don’t get how much crazy money you can save with buying generic drugs. For those folks, this infographic was crafted by Mint.com. To illustrate the cost-savings possible, they took a look at…

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How To Use Facebook’s New Privacy Controls


Lifehacker has a handy guide to and analysis of the new, streamlined privacy controls just announced by Facebook. There’s also the full version posted on Facebook. The new controls are simpler, but fall short in some respects.
For example, there…

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BP Starts Operation “Top Kill,” Watch It Live


BP has started operation “Top Kill,” and we’ve embedded here the live videostream of their latest attempt to plug the well. The maneuver involves pumping heavy drilling mud and cement into the well. While routine on surface wells, it’s never…

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BillShrink Shows You How To Save On Cable Bills


This morning, BillShrink delivered a karate chop to the cable cabal with a new service, currently in beta, that shows you how to get the best cable/tv/satellite/dish package for the best price.
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How it works is that you enter your…

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Man Spends 24 Hours Inside A Starbucks As A Sick Experiment


Zug.com’s Bayan Rabbani is a glutton for punishment. Having spent 24 hours inside a Walmart in the name of comedy journalism, he thought he was ready to spend 24 hours inside a Starbucks. He was wrong.
Largely his story is…

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Man Spends 24 Hours Inside A Starbucks As A Sick Experiment


Zug.com’s Bayan Rabbani is a glutton for punishment. Having spent 24 hours inside a Walmart in the name of comedy journalism, he thought he was ready to spend 24 hours inside a Starbucks. He was wrong.
Largely his story is…

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Lady Enters Security With $24,000 Rolex, Leaves Without, Suit Alleges


A woman is suing the TSA after she says she was forced to take off her $24,000 Rolex to pass through security, and when she went to retrieve it, it had mysteriously vanished.
The Florida Times-Union reports:
…[she] said she…

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Lady Enters Security With $24,000 Rolex, Leaves Without, Suit Alleges


A woman is suing the TSA after she says she was forced to take off her $24,000 Rolex to pass through security, and when she went to retrieve it, it had mysteriously vanished.
The Florida Times-Union reports:
…[she] said she…

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Lady Enters Security With $24,000 Rolex, Leaves Without, Suit Alleges


A woman is suing the TSA after she says she was forced to take off her $24,000 Rolex to pass through security, and when she went to retrieve it, it had mysteriously vanished.
The Florida Times-Union reports:
…[she] said she…

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Clip Of Ben Popken On NPR Talking About Mail-In Gold


If you didn’t catch Consumerist on NPR last Friday, here’s the clip of me on All Things Considered chatting about mail-in gold buyers:

Did you know that if you melted all the gold that’s been mined in the world you…

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Clark And Dawes Comedy Team Skewer European Debt Crisis


Making poor lending decisions is by no means uniquely American. In case you haven’t heard, the Europeans are going through a debt crisis of their own right now, and it’s bound to have an impact on America’s economy. Seems that…

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Satirical BP Twitter Account Has More Followers Than Real One


A fake BP PR twitter account, BPGlobalPR, has started posted satirical tweets about the company’s response and attitude to the oil spill, and it has more followers than of the real BP Twitter accounts combined. And why not? Would you…

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Reach HSBC Executive Customer Service


This number goes to the customer care division of HSBC Bank USA. It’s good for when you have a Sisphysian customer service issue that you’d rather have the sneakers of Mercury.
813-571-8998
Don’t forget your CCP’s – always be concise,…

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