If you’ve ever read pointless celebrity gossip– and why wouldn’t you?– you probably have heard the name “Park Slope Food Co-op” a few times. Most recently, Maggie Gyllenhaal was accused of shirking her co-op duties in favor of sending someone else to cover shifts. Before that, a Ryan Gosling fan started the silly, single-serving blog entitled, Hey Girl, I Belong to the Park Slope Food Co-op. The name is everywhere.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which of course means that blogs must fill their quotas of Valentine’s Day posts. There’s nothing wrong with that. It also means that money-saving blogs must get their yearly Valentine’s Day money-saving ideas out of the way. The problem is that the basics of how to have a frugal Valentine’s Day aren’t terribly mysterious. And, in the never-ending quest to produce original content, some otherwise good blogs wind up posting some bad tips.
Rising oil prices are great news if you’re Exxon Mobil, but not so much for the rest of us. And, while those of us who drive regularly were hoping that the cost of hybrid cars would drop, it instead looks like car manufacturers are moving away from hybrid cars altogether. What’s a cost-conscious commuter to do?
After JCPenny announced its new pricing scheme, many financial sites portrayed the new policy as manna from heaven. If you judged by the headlines alone, you’d think that JCPenny was now selling everything for 40% less than suggested retail, no questions asked.
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As is often the case, the reality is more complex. Read on to find out what the new policy means, and what it means for you.
Let’s start with what the policy isn’t. Despite some of the reports you may have read, JCPenny is not doing away with all sales. Instead, JCPenny is lowering the prices for all of its merchandise an average of 40%. They are also doing away with most sales, not all. There will still be weekly and monthly discounts on certain items, and these will be designated by special tags.
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There’s nothing like a gross-out news story to offer a little perspective. Last week, I might’ve complained that shipping was taking longer than expected. Now, I’m just glad that my gadgets don’t arrive covered in gum and vomit.
As The Consumerist reports, this was the sight that greeted a Dell Outlet customer when his refurbished laptop arrived with gum on the inside and a barf-like substance on the outside. What’s worse, Dell initially blamed FedEx.
Thankfully, the problem seems to be mostly sorted out, and the man will soon have a shiny, new, non-waste-covered laptop on the way. And, thankfully, the vast majority of refurbished laptops don’t have this problem, or any problems, really. We should be careful not to take the wrong lesson from this. Refurbs are still a smart choice. Read on to learn why.