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Do the Math and Save Money

by Michael on Apr 16, 2014 · 5 comments

Well, those sneaky marketers are at it again… As you may recall, we recently bought a new car. Included amongst the many bells and whistles was a Sirius/XM satellite radio system. To entice us to use their service, the system was pre-activated with a free, three month trial subscription. Thankfully, […]

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Remember when I first wrote about getting the runaround from Simmons customer service on a Beautyrest warranty claim? Well, at long last, that’s been settled, and we ultimately wound up with a new mattress. But not without a fight.

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Pardon the rant, but I simply can’t stand it when companies don’t stand behind their products or guarantees. Here goes… For all of our married life, my wife and I have slept on Simmons Beautyrest mattresses. And, for the most part, we’ve loved them. That said, we started having mattress […]

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Car Insurance on a New Car Purchase

by Michael on Feb 12, 2014

We’re in the process of buying a new car. And when you buy a new car, you need to have insurance coverage before you drive away. If this is your first car, you’ll need to set something up with an insurance company before completing the transaction. But what if you […]

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Guess what? Stamp prices are going up. Again. Effective tomorrow (Jan 26, 2014) a first class stamp will increase from 46 to 49 cents. That’s for a 1 ounce letter. Additional ounces will likewise be increasing from 20 to 21 cents. And postcards will go from 33 to 34 cents. […]

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The LED Light Bulb Transition

by Michael on Jan 10, 2014 · 5 comments

This past weekend, while at Home Depot picking up supplies for a few household repairs, I wound up buying our first LED lightbulbs. As I mentioned last month, I’ve decided to start switching to LED lightbulbs as our CFL bulbs burn out. Well, we lost another bulb so I decided […]

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Are you planning on using TurboTax to do your taxes this year? If so, this might be of interest… Anyone who uses TurboTax to file their taxes can get up to 10% extra on their tax refund by electing to receive some (or all) of it in the form of […]

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Would Financial Warning Labels Help?

by Michael on Jan 6, 2014

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the menus are labeled with the calorie contents of each dish? They don’t label menus around here, but I often see it when I travel. And, though such labels may have little effect on the average diner, seeing those numbers always makes […]

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