Poker teaches important lessons about saving and investing. Foreclosures are better than mortgage modification programs. Debit card overdraft fees are good for consumers. PMS is responsible for impulse purchases. There is no shortage of strange theories out there—and some of them are actually plausible.
Among a certain group of consumers, it’s becoming a DIY world. To save money, they’re reevaluating many of the services the rest of the world has grown accustomed to paying.
One of the frustrations of modern life is that often, you must spend money simply to get your money. I speak of the $3 fee for using an ATM not affiliated with your bank. Now, there are apps for the iPhone and other smartphones to help you avoid ATM fees, as well as other charges, including the ever-annoying overdraft.
Back-to-back stories in the NY Times point out two interesting trends in the automobile market. First, brand loyalty is long gone. Second, for many consumers, the car itself is gone as well.
I get the feeling that Brian Griffiths’ words at a panel discussion in London Tuesday might go down in history as some kind of let-them-eat-cakish landmark. Said the economist, a former Margaret Thatcher adviser who was raised to the peerage in 1991 and has been helping make ends meet since then by toiling away as a vice chairman (read: …
Flat-panel TVs, laptops, camcorders, GPS devices, and video-game consoles are all being sold at record-low prices. As we head into the heart of the holiday shopping season, Wal-Mart is planning on big price reductions on toys too.
Most of the Halloween costumes at Toys R Us are on sale already. Examples: A Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Bumblebee outfit is $9.99 (originally $39.99), and a Lil’ Vampire costume is just $4.99 (originally $19.99). Free shipping on most items too.
Andrew Sullivan’s rant today about Pat Buchanan’s white-people obsession reminded me of a passage I’d been meaning to post from Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. I met Howe at a book festival in Winston-Salem in September and was so entertained by him that I paid full cover price for …
The head honchos of Bangalore-based IT consulting/outsourcing/software-development company Infosys were in New York today for an analyst meeting (security analysts, not psychoanalysts, I think), and afterwards they chatted with some representatives of the embattled fourth estate. Infosys recently reported its first quarterly revenue gain …
That $150 panini press looks really cool. But guess what? A $15 George Foreman grill will do the job just as well.