The best part: All of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The Big Bundle, as this special offer is being called, includes gift cards and certificates to vendors like Papa Johns and ShoeBuy.com, subscriptions to services such as Zagat.com, and discount coupons to retailers like The Gap and Nordstrom. The value totals just …
Saving & Spending
Swapping your stuff for someone else’s has never been easier. There are now fairly simple ways to barter for home appliances, video games, clothes, even car leases and the services of accountants and hair dressers.
Through October 31, two kids’ meals (for children up to age 14) will be given away free of charge for each adult purchase of $6 or more at Boston Market. No coupon necessary, but kids must be present to get the freebies. More details here.
The shopping mall, that wonderfully iconic, most American of places, is changing, and the economic downturn bears a lot of the responsibility. Store names that were once ubiquitous have disappeared. Vacancy rates are seriously high. And just about everybody is discounting merchandise and looking for new ways to connect to consumers.
From today, October 2, through October 5, if you go into a Starbucks and taste VIA, the company’s new instant coffee, you’ll get a free brewed coffee as thanks for your time. More details here.
An October Clearance Sale knocks 20% to 40% off of Garnet Hill sweaters, boots, coats, children’s clothes, and other fall merchandise. More details here.
The gift card is viewed as a thoughtful, less crass alternative to cash. When you present a gift card to someone, the message sent is something like, “I didn’t want to buy you something you don’t need, so you decide.” But if it’s truly the thought that counts, old-fashioned greenbacks are the better way to go.
A couple in England bid just $81 on eBay and won a wedding at a classy country inn, easily saving them more than $2,000.
The Hoxton Hotel in London periodically offers rooms for just £1, and the next sale starts tomorrow, October 1, at 12 p.m. London time (7 a.m. EST). At that time, 500 rooms will be offered for £1 per night for reservations between November 1 and January 31, 2010, and another 500 rooms will be offered for £29 (about $47). More details here.
Well, at least not if the cars are GMs, and if the prices are nothing special. The troubled car manufacturer is putting an end to a briefly-lived strategy of trying to sell cars on eBay.
Most people know the big number: 45 million. That’s the generally accepted tally of Americans currently without health insurance. With the prospect of a public option all but gone, it appears that any change that does occur will pretty much bring more of the status quo—meaning more numbers like these.