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Published on September 18, 2008, by

If you’re planning to buy digital converter boxes for your TVs (or your parents’ TVs) before the February 2009 deadline, the good news is that Amazon makes it easy to do online without having to drive around looking for the DTV boxes in stock. First, if you haven’t yet ordered your government-funded $40 discount coupons,

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Published on August 2, 2008, by

Amazon now lets you expand your wish list beyond Amazon’s own inventory to include products from just about any online store. Once you install a bookmarklet in your web browser you’ll be able to quickly identify products in non-Amazon stores and add them to your Amazon list. Amazon’s site walks you through the rest of

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Published on June 23, 2008, by

Nearly every day I read an article on The Consumerist about massive late fees or talk to a friend about the hassles and fees associated with paying bills, and I’m consistently dumbfounded. How is it that so few people take advantage of the free, online bill-paying that their bank undoubtedly provides with their checking accounts?

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Published on January 24, 2008, by

It should be an embarrassment to the TV industry that so few folks fully understand what HD television is, how to get it, or why they should care. Do I need a new TV? Do I have HD already and not know it? Or do I mistakenly think I’m already watching HD because I bought

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Published on July 15, 2007, by

Update: The article below was written in July 2007. As of late 2008 Prosper has suspended most lending activity and seems to be struggling. I would no longer recommended them for borrowing or lending. The Original Article: I recently read about person-to-person lending site Prosper and was immediately fascinated with the idea. We’d already experienced

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Published on August 14, 2006, by

May 2009 Update: Albertsons just announced the end of home delivery service. If you have Vons delivery in your area, try code SAVE447 for free delivery through May 27, 2009. January 2009 Update: The Albertsons HCC33 code in the original article below is now dead, but try HOLIDAYSHIPPING (free shipping) or EMAILSAVINGS ($10, $15, and

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Published on March 28, 2006, by

My 3-year-old Samsung cell phone was starting to show its age by way of a barely functional volume button, so I decided it was time to upgrade. Sprint has been my provider for about five years and I’m grandfathered into a discontinued $30 plan that gets sweetened every year or two with more minutes thrown

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Published on January 31, 2006, by

You wouldn’t know it by visiting the home page of any tax filing site like TurboTax or H&R Block, but there’s a government-endorsed program that coerces these companies to provide completely free tax preparation and filing to many low- and mid-income folks. The TurboTax version is called Tax Freedom, but there are many others —

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