You have to love those Bed Bath & Beyond coupons. The housewares retailer not only gives you 20 percent or $5 off a single item for in-store purchases, but its coupons also never expire, no matter the expiration date stamped on them. (A company spokesperson encourages you to use the coupons by the expiration date.) Beyond a nice bump-up in savings, how could these coupons get any better?
It's fitting that Saturday, just one day before Fathers Day, has been designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day to consider all the ways we can protect older dads--and moms--from victimization.
A dad deserves only the best on Father's Day, which takes place this Sunday (June 16). If you're planning to fete the father(s) in your life with a special dinner at home, accompany the meal with a nice bottle of wine that complements the food you're serving. But remember, as with many of the products we test, a higher price tag on a wine doesn't mean a higher-quality bottle.
The overdraft program on your debit card lets you, for example, buy a $3 latte at the local java joint even when your account is out of funds. Sounds like a nice perk from your bank, right? But it's not, when you consider that your bank likely tacks on a fee--up to $35--whenever you spend more than you have in your account.
Q: When I signed up in 2001 for my checking account, they offered "free checking for life." In 2012, they started charging fees. How can they do that? —Gary Bortner Plymouth, MN
For the two of you unfamiliar with the term, "showrooming" is the practice of going to a brick-and-mortar retailer to get an eyes-on experience with a product before ultimately buying it online. A new study confirms what many of us had already assumed—that the practice isn't relegated to holiday shopping, that price-matching is probably the only way to curb it, and that many showroomers just don't like dealing with retail employees.
You might remember stock splits from Back in the Day, when we listened to compact disks and received bills by mail. It's that accounting device where a corporate board decides to turn your 100 shares of a $200 stock into, say, 400 shares of $50 stock. It is done, in part, as an expression of confidence that share prices will continue to rise in the future.
More than 18 months ago, Google Wallet was launched on the Sprint cellular network amid hoopla that payment-by-smart-phone technology at cashiers nationwide would replace your plastic debit and credit cards. Since then, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have begun testing their own Isis Mobile Wallet, and other companies have also jumped on the bandwagon.
The travel season is officially here, which means more of us will be using credit, debit and ATM cards on the road. That means it's also the official start of the travel scam season.
You can be excused for circling Memorial Day on your calender, but the financial services industry wants you to know that today is also special but in a different way: it's 529 Day in many states today. Some in the industry may be content that you simply know what a 529 College Savings plan is: According to a recent poll commissioned by brokerage Edward Jones, two-thirds of those surveyed had no idea.
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