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Fight Your Speeding Ticket, Save Yourself Some Dough

I've never fought a speeding ticket before. I usually just pay it and forget it. By "usually", I mean, for the two tickets I got before when I was 16 and 19 years old. My recent ticket was an anomaly for a couple of reasons. [more]

US Mint offers 2 for 1 on new $1 coins. Double your money!

Buy George! In an unprecedented marketing move by the US Mint, banks tomorrow will begin exchanging $1 bills for TWO of the new $1 coins, released only a few weeks ago. Got a $1 bill? Get $2 in coins back. Got 100 $1 bills? Get $200 in coins. [more]

3 Cheap Ways to Win Over the Ladies (by Looking Better)

I used to be a slovenly brute. OK, not so much slovenly as... average. My morning routine including a shave, shower, and deodorant. I figured that was all a guy had to do to look good. [more]

Beat the claw machine, save your sanity.

How many times have you passed one of these annoying things and thrown 50 cents away? I'm hugely guilty of it. I can't resist them. One time I got six out in a row, then I've gone years with no success. Is there a secret? Well, it seems there is. [more]

How to Get High-End Electronics with One Simple Question

My friend Mandy became the proud owner of a Mac PowerBook G4 in perfect condition, without spending a single cent. [more]

Shoes that grow with your child. Parents everywhere rejoice!

My 2 and a half year old girl has my feet. By that I mean they're growing like she spends all day stood in fertilizer. So I had this GENIUS idea. What if shoes could grow as your child's feet grow? [more]

Carnival Of Scams - Top 4 fairground cons

Go to the fairground, get taken for a ride. Yep, those sneaky Real Hustlers are at it again. This time they've been uncovering the basic tricks and cons performed by your friendly neighborhood fairground staff. [more]

The $100 laptop...for sale to the public?

Fancy a brand new hand-cranked laptop for a few hundred bucks? Well, it may just happen. It seems plans are afoot to offer the $100 laptop for sale to the general public, and not just the poor children of the world. [more]

Can You Afford to Follow Your Dreams? Can You Afford NOT to?

This is where I was going to write a lot of pretty things about having priorities and about how money can't be everything or else you'll die sad. In the last couple of days, though

Canadians Try To Kill Your Pets - Pet Food Recall

Canada is at it again. This time, it's not mad cow (as far as we know), but will these insidious northerners never stop? [more]

Telemarketers Prank Call Me - 800-266-9420

Constant calls from 800-266-9420? Fight back.

Is There Such Thing as a Messy Millionaire?

My favorite lesbian: I recently purchased Suze Orman's latest book (at Costco, for $10 off of the retail price), "Women & Money". [more]

Kmart settles: refunds gift-card fees

CNNMoney.com has announced that Kmart has finally reached a settlement in the gift-card lawsuit. And that could be very good news for you if you had a gift-card issued between May 1st 2004 and the present day. Why the refund? [more]

Best Buy scamming customers with Intranet - UPDATED!

George Gombossy, consumer watchdog for The Courant , broke this story on March 2nd of this month. It's a great story, and I apologise to George for not stating him as the source in my original post, my bad entirely. [more]

Enjoy Lawsuit-free Music

That usually means buying it, of course. And if you think buying music can be pricey, imagine the cost of paying the RIAA off in an effort to stay out of court. Can I legally download non RIAA music? [more]

The Only Tool You'll Ever Need To Buy

Hey, it's Friday. I thought I'd post this one to give you all a chuckle into the weekend. And I seriously want one of these. Not the paperclip, the packaging. How cool is this? [more]

Lock bumping - your home isn't safe

I heard about lock bumping last month from a friend. I figured it was all just a bunch of hokum. But I checked it out. It's not a myth, it's not an urban legend. Crooks can make a generic key to open any lock, including yours. And it's easy. [more]

Free Ways to Keep Big Brother Out of Your Bidness

Cell Phone Madness I just love finding out that the government can find new and unique ways to listen in on our lives. [more]

Fifteen Minutes of ...

One day when i was in fourth grade, my parents sat me down at the dining room table. Their faces were very concerned and it all seemed very serious; I thought I was in trouble. [more]