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Toyota Recall 2011 Inspires 5 Tips for Getting a Dealership to Honor Your Auto Warranty

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 9:58AM Friday June 3, 2011
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On Wednesday, Toyota announced plans to recall 106,000 Priuses due to a defect in the electric-power steering. While this will no doubt interrupt a few trips to jazz festivals and farmer's markets, those affected are fortunate Toyota is covering the cost. Often times, just getting a manufacturer to honor a warranty can be daunting.

This is why one hapless man turned to Reddit when a Chrysler dealership refused to fix his car, even though it was still under warranty. The resulting discussion is full of advice--both good and terrible.

Read on to discover five tips that are worth remembering. Read More »

Katy Perry Concert Tour Rider and Other Ridiculous Celebrity Demands

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 9:56AM Friday May 27, 2011
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Image courtesy of José Goulão via Flickr

Recently, the Internet learned of pop star Katy Perry's crazy list of tour demands (link contains some NSFW language). Among other things, the 45-page document stipulates that Perry's dressing room must be painted in cream or soft pink tones, must boast two cream-colored egg chairs, and may not, under any circumstances, contain carnations. Read More »

Kung Fu Panda 2 Tofu Movie Tie-In and Other Product Promotions Aimed at Kids

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 8:55AM Wednesday May 25, 2011
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Kung Fu Panda 2 has become the first movie to advertise on packages of tofu. House Foods, a major tofu manufacturer, is running ads with images of Po, the film's main character, on eight million of their packages. The company stated in the press release that "the film...is a great way to introduce families and kids to tofu and its myriad health benefits." Read More »

25,000 McDonald's Big Macs and Man Is Still In Good Health

By (view all posts by SavingsIQ)
at 10:57AM Monday May 23, 2011
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When I read that Don Gorske was about to eat his 25,000th Big Mac burger on May 17, I almost fell off my chair. Then, I read that he had been eating at least two Big Macs a day since 1972! That's 39 years of eating 540 calorie burgers, minus the nine days that he took off. And, to top it off his doctor says his cholesterol is low and he's in good health!

So, how many calories and how much money did he spend in almost four decades that could have been put towards healthy food? I'll break it down for you. Read More »

Ask the Advisor: How Will IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Scandal Affect World Economics

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Kent_Thune)
at 8:54AM Thursday May 19, 2011
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Question: What is the International Monetary Fund and why is the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal getting so much media attention?

Next to the Mississippi River floods and Arnold Schwarzeneggar infidelity stories, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal is at the center of media attention. Strauss-Kahn is a notable figure because he is the leader of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The lay person, however, is still asking, "But what is the IMF and why should I care about this story?" Read More »

Seth MacFarlane's Flintstones Reboot is the Latest of Many Incarnations

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 6:56AM Thursday May 19, 2011
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Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad!, is planning to reboot The Flintstones for  both film and television. Although this is The Flintstones' first reboot, it's far from the first time the series has been revisited to create new media in some form. Read More »

Unnecessary Kid Expenses: Mom Gives Botox to 8 Year Old Child

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:58AM Monday May 16, 2011
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Botox injections for an 8 year-old?  Shocking, but yes.

I'm sure you've heard over the week, mostly outrage, involving an 8 year-old who receives frequent Botox injections from her own mother.

In an article posted on KTLA website, the mother said, "In the past 12 months she has had different parts of her face and lips injected four times. I make her frown before injecting, which helps identify a potential wrinkle. This means we can get it before it even develops." Read More »

Larry King's Bagel Shop and Other Cheap Local Food Options

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 6:57AM Thursday May 12, 2011
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Image courtesy of jplpagan via Flickr.

Former CNN talk host Larry King is opening a bagel shop in Beverly Hills. A Brooklyn native, King complains that there are no good bagels in Los Angeles. He aims to change that by using an emulation of Brooklyn water to make the bagels at his shop. Read More »

The Sony Security Breach and Other Hacks that Compromised Personal Information

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 6:56AM Friday May 6, 2011
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Last week, the Sony Online Entertainment network was breached by hackers who may have been able to obtain customers' credit and debit card information. The network is still down, and the company has alerted customers whose information may have been compromised. Read More »

Ask the Advisor: With Osama bin Laden Dead, How Does that Affect the Stock Market?

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Kent_Thune)
at 6:53AM Thursday May 5, 2011
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Question: Will the death of Osama Bin Laden have any impact on the stock market?

If the first two trading days on Wall Street after Osama Bin Laden's death is any indication, to answer your question, "No, it will not significantly impact stock prices or world economies in the short-term and probably not in the long-term." Read More »

Helping Victims of Tornadoes in Alabama and Other Southern States

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 6:54AM Monday May 2, 2011
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On April 27th and 28th, a string of tornadoes tore through several southern states, killing roughly 300 people and decimating entire neighborhoods. Tuscaloosa, Alabama was among the hardest hit.

Many people in the region are without shelter and other necessities right now. Here are several ways you can help. Read More »

Bank of America Improves and Extends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

By (view all posts by aksekar)
at 12:57PM Wednesday April 27, 2011
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Military service members who are entering or on active duty receive some financial protections from the 2003 Service Members Civil Relief Act: they cannot be foreclosed upon, they can cancel a lease if they are reassigned, and any debt incurred before or during service cannot accrue more than 6% interest--anything over the limit is forgiven entirely.

But in March, Bank of America announced that it would improve and extend the benefits even after soldiers return from active duty. As the SCRA stands, all protections end once active duty ends, though the uncapped interest rates cannot be applied retroactively to debts.

However, Bank of America will go one step further, capping interest rates at 4% and extending the protections to a year after discharge. Read More »