Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Don't Do it Wrong on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, so you don't have much time to buy a little something for the one you love. Here are some tips to do it right (and save money):

Consumerist has some suggestions on how not to get screwed on Valentines Day when buying flowers or selecting cards and gifts.

SmartMoney.com has 10 Things Your Florist Won't Tell You.

Mort Rosenblum talks with Travel+Leisure about best and worst chocolates. If you just want a taste test, NPR has A Bittersweet Guide to the Best V-Day Chocolate.

If you want to prepare a romantic dinner, Food Network has collected recipes with aphrodisiac ingredients. To top it off Alton Brown shows you how to open champagne.

Of course, if breaking up is what you want to do, checkout Amazon's love stinks guide, including Bad Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day, bad date movies and breakup ballads.

The best gift of all: tell her (or him) how much you love her!

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Don't Get Fooled by Financial Urban Legends

When it comes to money, there are lots of things that we wish were true that simply are not. Catherine Williams, VP of financial literacy at Money Management International, shares some of the legends she has heard from clients. All of these ideas have a grain of truth in them, but are largely false:
1. You can float a check longer if you write in red ink
2. Income tax is illegal
3. If you are under 18, you can't be held accountable for a debt
4. Your hotel key card encodes your credit card information
5. Boycotting a few gasoline brands will bring down gas prices
6. It's better if you don't sign the back of your credit card
7. You can make a lot of cash by helping a foreigner solve his money problems (also, You can win a lot of money in a lottery you have never entered).
8. You can opt out of having credit bureaus share your information
9. If you pay more than the fine on a traffic ticket, and don't cash the refund, you will avoid getting "points" on your license
10. Hotel Bibles often have $100 bills tucked in them

Remember, just because your brother's friend's uncle's accountant was the source for the information doesn't mean it's true.

Get all the details: 10 Financial Urban Legends
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Friday, October 13, 2006

Healthy Computing

After a long day in front of the computer, does your back ache? is there pain when you move your wrists? MacWorld has some useful guidelines for setting up an ergonomic computer workspace. Get the right chair, set up your computer at the right height and angle and maintain good posture, and you'll feel a lot better.

This information is good for Windows users too!

Read the article: Rearrange Your Workspace

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