Inmate Ran $1 Million Credit Card Scam Using Cell Phone
& Secret Shoppers

Inmate Ran $1 Million Credit Card Scam Using Cell Phone & Secret Shoppers

Armed with only an illegal cellphone and a cadre of secret shoppers, an inmate at the nation’s largest single federal prison was able to coordinate upwards of $1 million in credit card fraud in the outside world. [More]

9 As Last Number On Pricetag Has Magical Effect On Sales

9 As Last Number On Pricetag Has Magical Effect On Sales

The rational consumer, like the black unicorn, is a myth. Otherwise how could you explain this study that showed that customers buy more when the last number on the pricetag is nine, even if the item is more expensive? [More]

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend Redesigned Honda Civic LX

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend Redesigned Honda Civic LX

The Honda Civic LX has historically done well when tested by our cohorts at Consumer Reports, often coming out among the highest rated small sedans. It’s also been listed as one of the magazine’s Top Picks in five of the last 10 years. But following a highly anticipated redesign, the latest Civic LX now scores so low that Consumer Reports can no longer recommend it. [More]

How Long Should Paid-Off Medical Debt Be Part Of Your Credit Report?

How Long Should Paid-Off Medical Debt Be Part Of Your Credit Report?

Right now, any medical debt that gets sent to a collections agency can remain on your credit report for up to seven years, even after it’s been paid off. This ding on your credit score can be the difference between qualifying for a loan or being denied. That’s why the House Committee on Financial Services is looking at a bill that would erase some paid medical debts from folks’ credit reports. [More]

What If Food Labels Looked Like This?

What If Food Labels Looked Like This?

Maybe the real reason Americans are so fat is because our food labels are so ugly. If they were easier on the eye to read, maybe more people would read them and make better eating choices. That was the idea in mind behind a recent design contest at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism aiming to give the standard government-mandated food label a much-needed makeover. The winning entry uses colored boxes for each ingredient that are sized in proportion to how much of each is inside the package. [More]

Need Cheap Wheels? Rent A Rolling Ad From Budget In Atlanta

Need Cheap Wheels? Rent A Rolling Ad From Budget In Atlanta

If you want cheap car rentals this summer, Budget Rent a Car in Atlanta might have a deal for you. That is, as long as you don’t mind driving a rented car that seems more like a rolling billboard. [More]

US Airways Sues Pilots Over Alleged Work Slowdown

US Airways Sues Pilots Over Alleged Work Slowdown

While Continental has had to cancel dozens of flights due to suddenly “sick” pilots, the management at US Airways say its pilots have been more subtle about hobbling the airline’s operations — an allegation the pilots deny. [More]

Hours Left Before Debt Ceiling Vote Deadline, So Read The Bill

Hours Left Before Debt Ceiling Vote Deadline, So Read The Bill

There’s just a few hours to go before the deadline to vote on raising the debt ceiling and steer clear of a federal default. Late Sunday a deal was worked out and the House and Senate are expected to vote on it. Broadly, the deal raises the debt ceiling, reduces the deficit, and avoids a credit default. More specifically… everyone should read the 74 pages of the bill before making a comment about it. If you don’t have time for that, the White House has also released a 1,465 word fact sheet, a “TL;DR” document of sorts for the nation. [More]

How To Squeeze In Exercise As You Travel

How To Squeeze In Exercise As You Travel

Travel provides one of the most convenient excuses not to exercise. It’s a vacation, time to relax! It’s a business trip, time to focus on your work! But despite what we’d all like to believe, vacation calories count just as much as those ingested at home, and because it’s tougher to come by low-cal, home-cooked meals on the road, it’s crucial that you maintain a workout regimen while traveling. [More]

How Local Is That "Locally Grown" Produce At Your Grocery Store?

How Local Is That "Locally Grown" Produce At Your Grocery Store?

Last October, Walmart announced a pledge to double the amount of produce it purchases from local growers by 2015, with the three-pronged goal of saving on fuel costs, reducing spoilage and catering to a growing consumer appetite for local produce. But while Walmart defines “local” as grown and sold in the same state, your grocery store might have a different definition for the term. [More]

Google Maps Error Makes Guests Miss Weddings And Funerals

Google Maps Error Makes Guests Miss Weddings And Funerals

A week after her story went up in the Star Ledger, a woman is happy to report that Google Maps is no longer telling people that her driveway is the entrance to the state park. That’s good, but now there’s a new story of people missing weddings and funerals because Google Maps shows a church as being clear on the other side of town from where it really is. [More]

Dealing With The Trials Of Apartment Hunting

Dealing With The Trials Of Apartment Hunting

Although the depressed housing market has made things easy for home buyers, it seems to have had an adverse effect on renters, who face more competition with perhaps fewer openings than ever. Thanks to former homeowners who suffered short sales or foreclosures and are forced into the rental market, there are more renters playing musical chairs. [More]

Which Cities Spend The Most On Gas Each Month?

Which Cities Spend The Most On Gas Each Month?

It’s always easier to just look at neat infographics to get information, and such is this case with a spiffy new pic of just that sort showing where consumers spend the most per month on gas. [More]

Guy Files Class Action Against Hilton For Charging Him 75
Cents For Newspaper He Didn't Ask For

Guy Files Class Action Against Hilton For Charging Him 75 Cents For Newspaper He Didn't Ask For

A man has decided to turn a minor annoyance, getting a newspaper at your hotel room door and getting charged for it, into a class action lawsuit. [More]

Birth Control To Be Covered By Health Insurance Without Copay

Birth Control To Be Covered By Health Insurance Without Copay

Late last month, an Institute of Medicine panel issued recommendations to the White House that birth control, along with a variety of women’s health services, should be covered under the Affordable Care Act. Earlier today, the Dept. of Health and Human Services made its final decision on the matter public. [More]

Beware These Household Energy-Saving Myths

Beware These Household Energy-Saving Myths

Want to make sure you’re getting the most from your home instead of draining it of valuable energy? Then make sure you’ve not fallen prey to a few common household energy-saving myths. [More]

TWC Tech Saves Boy From Drowning

TWC Tech Saves Boy From Drowning

Usually just getting a cable to tech to show up at the right time is worthy of a trophy, but last week a Time Warner Cable went above and beyond the call of duty and saved a 7-year old’s life. [More]

Excuse Me, I Ordered My Pizza Hut Pie Sans Bloody Bandage

Excuse Me, I Ordered My Pizza Hut Pie Sans Bloody Bandage

I said no anchovies and no bloody bandage! A Pizza Hut customer says when he bit into his supreme pizza pie he got a mouthful of bloodied plastic and gauze surprise. [More]