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I Give Up: How Do I File For An Extension On My Tax Return?

Humans are a procrastinating bunch. Sure, many punctual and responsible people have already filed their federal and state tax returns, especially people who are owed a refund. Not you. You’re missing an important document or are too confused about all of this stuff to stay up doing the e-filing equivalent of running inside the post office door at 11:57 PM. You give up. This post is for you. [More]

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When You’ve Gotta Go, Don’t Do It On The Alamo — Unless You Like Jail

We’ve all been there — that pressing urge like no other, where your bladder might as well be the Goodyear blimp, insisting you pay attention to its large size and presence and go ahead and micturate already. But don’t drain it on a national landmark, or you’ll be aiming that stream in a prison toilet, as one very bad consumer recently found out. [More]

Report: There’s Something About The Waffle Taco — Taco Bell Breakfast Beats Out McDonald’s

Report: There’s Something About The Waffle Taco — Taco Bell Breakfast Beats Out McDonald’s

All those Ronald McDonald’s must know what they’re talking about when it comes to the new Taco Bell breakfast menu. According to a new report, consumers have latched on to the concept of the Waffle Taco and catapulted Taco Bell to the top of the so-called breakfast wars. [More]

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Former Chipotle Worker Claims She Was Fired For Taking Time To Heal After Abusive Situation

A former New York City Chipotle worker is suing the Mexican eatery, claiming she was fired from her job because she took time off to recover from an abusive situation involving her boyfriend. She says in the suit that when she fractured her finger during an altercation with her boyfriend, she was punished for taking time off on the doctor’s orders. [More]

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Neighborhoods in Detroit are in for some extreme, and much needed, renovations. In an effort to rehabilitate neighborhoods and get occupants into previously foreclosed properties, the city is auctioning off properties for as little as $1,000 starting next month. [More]

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Tax Fraudsters Stealing Companies’ Databases of W-2s To File Your Taxes Before You Do

You’re great at security: you manage your long, secure passwords effectively, you shred all of your sensitive documents thoroughly, and you check your credit report and your online statements frequently. Good job! But all the micromanaging in the world can’t prevent you from being a victim of tax fraud if a hacker intercepts your W-2 and all of the information in it before it ever even gets to you. [More]

The Norelco Auto Mignon held one 45 RPM record and deserves a space in the Distracted Driving Hall of Shame.

Record Players For Cars Seemed Like A Good Idea In 1956

The history of consumer goods is littered with brilliant ideas that weren’t quite ready for public consumption yet. In the ’50s, if you wanted to listen to some music in your vehicle, your choices were listening to the radio or forcing your family members to sing. Until the invention of the Highway Hi-Fi in-car record player changed all that. Or could have, if it had caught on with the public. [More]

Walkmans Are Totally Ridiculous To Kids Who’ve Never Made An Awesome Mix Tape Before

Walkmans Are Totally Ridiculous To Kids Who’ve Never Made An Awesome Mix Tape Before

There are probably many remnants from our not-so-far-off past that sure, seem a bit archaic — remember when you had to rent a VCR from Blockbuster? — but because we lived through technology like cassette players and video stores, it’s just fun nostalgia. For kids who never had to hone their fast-forwarding skills to hit just the right song or labor over mix tapes though, something like a Walkman is downright weird. [More]

Consumers’ Evolving Shopping Habits Mean There Aren’t As Many Jobs In Retail

Consumers’ Evolving Shopping Habits Mean There Aren’t As Many Jobs In Retail

Some days it’s hard to motivate yourself to go to the mall to shop, it’s just easier to shop online. We’ve all had those days, okay, maybe it’s just me, but still, tendencies like that are creating a problem of sorts for retail workers. The more efficient we’re becoming at buying our goods, the fewer retail workers are needed a new report shows. [More]

Social Security Administration Quits Seizing Tax Refunds To Pay Decades-Old Debt

Social Security Administration Quits Seizing Tax Refunds To Pay Decades-Old Debt

Last week, the Washington Post publicized a disturbing new practice of the Social Security Administration and Department of the Treasury: holding on to taxpayers’ refunds in order to cover old debts. These were decades-old debts, usually Social Security overpayments made to the taxpayer’s late parents. There was an overwhelming negative reaction to the Post story, and people affected contacted their representatives in Congress. Now the Social Security Administration says that they’re ending the practice. [More]

Amazon’s Algorithm Evolves To Suggest Just The Right Stuff For Drug Deals

Amazon’s Algorithm Evolves To Suggest Just The Right Stuff For Drug Deals

Listen, Amazon. There are lots of things a person might use a scale for, various things that need weighing and so forth. But if you happen to be in the market for a particular scale that happens to be popular with drug dealers, Amazon’s purchase recommendations algorithm thinks you might be in the market for say, plastic baggies and rolling papers. [More]

‘Scroogled’: Microsoft’s Junior High Attempt To Shame Google Comes To An End

‘Scroogled’: Microsoft’s Junior High Attempt To Shame Google Comes To An End

Is Microsoft ready to take our advice and devote its resources to developing great products consumer will benefit from? It’s possible, but we aren’t psychics so the future remains a mystery. Nevertheless, now that the company has all but put the kibosh on their cringe-worthy competitor-bashing campaign, they have one less production distraction. [More]

Science Validates The Role Of Snacks In Keeping Couples From Going To Bed “Hangry”

Science Validates The Role Of Snacks In Keeping Couples From Going To Bed “Hangry”

You know that feeling where if you don’t get something in your stomach right this very minute you are going to chuck the entire contents of this dresser against the wall, so help me? Being hungry can make you extra angry, say scientists who are doing us all a huge favor by validating the phrase “hangry,” meaning you should have a snack if you’re in a spat with your significant other to counter that phenomenon. [More]

Startup Offers Free Printing On College Campuses In Exchange For Ads On Pages

Startup Offers Free Printing On College Campuses In Exchange For Ads On Pages

Is there any service in your life that you wouldn’t mind getting for free if it were ad-supported? Even as we work in “paperless” offices, some things need to exist as hard copies. For college students, there are enough items in need of printing out that a student-run startup now offers free printing…in exchange for ads plastered on each page. [More]

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Teenagers Decide New Cool Thing To Do Is Make Copycat Airline Bomb Threats On Twitter

I don’t envy teenagers — it’s just so hard to keep up with the coolest trends. Like are we still saying “for shizzle?” Are high fives acceptable? But if all your friends started tweeted fake bomb threats to American Airlines just because one Dutch girl did, would you throw yourself off that cliff, too? [More]

Now That Netflix Is Paying Comcast, Users Finally Get Decent Speeds… But At What Cost?

Comcast's speed has rebounded to its fastest ever since bottoming out in January.

The good news: Netflix’s deal to pay Comcast for better access to its network is working. The bad news: This will now set a precedent that Internet service providers can hold content companies hostage with complete disregard to net neutrality. [More]

Ask Tax Dad: Doula Deductions, Pension Distributions, And The Sandwich Generation

Ask Tax Dad: Doula Deductions, Pension Distributions, And The Sandwich Generation

Historically, our staff Certified Tax Cat has handled readers’ questions about taxes, but he took feline early retirement and hung up his oversized eyeglasses. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

An example of the Netflix scam in action. (CBS News)

Scam Alert: No One From Netflix Will Ever Ask For Remote Access To Your Computer

Whenever someone you don’t know asks for remote access to your computer, a huge, noisy and very insistent alarm bell should immediately start clanging in your head. Because it’s probably a scam to get access to your personal files, credit card information and other information. [More]