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Watch Those Expiration Dates on Rebate Cards!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

I made a boo boo. AT&T mailed me one of those Visa Rebate Cards for my BlackBerry Curve. I think it was originally for $99 or so. I used the card a couple of months ago but still had a balance of $8.19. I tried using it again but got the remaining balance wrong, thinking […]

25% of Borrowers Who Received Mortgage Payment Reductions Fell Behind Again

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

For every four borrowers that received a mortgage payment reduction, one ended up falling behind again. Okay, I guess the optimistic way to state that would be to say that the mortgage payment reduction program has had a 75% success rate (still that’s a “C” if you were using a grading scale). There’s also no […]

An Example of Excellent Customer Service from Sam’s Club

Monday, June 29th, 2009

A friend of mine is looking for hot dog bags for a function she is helping with. I googled “hot dog bags” and this entry for Sam’s Club popped up. I noticed that there was one one-star review for the product by someone named “Editor”: These are represented as a “bag”. They are not a […]

Poor Ruth Madoff…

Monday, June 29th, 2009

She has to face living off $2.5 million. I really feel sorry for her. Please detect the sarcasm in that statement. This will sound cold but I think she should be impoverished like so many of her husband’s clients were. I think we have to assume that the assets owned by the Madoff’s were acquired […]

Americans Are Saving More. Are You?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend that the personal saving rate was 6.9% in May, which is the highest it’s been since 1993. One would think this is a good thing. But, in a consumer-driven economy such as ours, saving money is a bad thing—at least in the short run because savings represents money […]

I Like Safeway’s Health Plan!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I read about this Kimberly Strassel column about Safeway’s health plan last week and meant to mention it but forgot. As recently as 2004, Safeway was suffocating under health-care costs growing at 10% a year. Mr. Burd, who had long been intellectually and politically drawn to the health-care issue, decided it was time to hit […]

When a Complete Stranger Approaches You in a Bookstore…

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

they probably are into multi-level marketing…lol. Several weeks ago I was standing in the business section of my local bookstore. I glanced up just as a woman walked by. I went back to looking at the books. A couple of seconds later I see someone coming down aisle. I look up to see that it […]

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