NYC Restaurant Stops Accepting Cash

NYC Restaurant Stops Accepting Cash

If you decide to eat at Commerce, an unpleasantly named upscale restaurant in New York City that charges nearly $25 for spaghetti, your cash is no longer welcome.

Lower Energy Prices Could Mean Lower Electric Bills For Consumers, Or Maybe Not

Lower Energy Prices Could Mean Lower Electric Bills For Consumers, Or Maybe Not

Having trouble paying your high power bill? The law of supply and demand may be your friend. Americans’ electricity use is decreasing for the first time since 1949. (Maybe it’s all those compact fluorescent bulbs.) This means that your electric bill could be slightly lower in the coming months…or at least not increase as much as usual.

Congratulations Americans, We Pay The Most For Cellphone Service

Congratulations Americans, We Pay The Most For Cellphone Service

A new survey from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) compared annual costs around the world for consumers who have cellphones, and the U.S. is in the top three for most expensive. How expensive? DSLReports notes that “on average, the OECD found that Americans pay $635.85 on cell phone service, compared to $131.44 per year in the Netherlands or $137.94 per year in Sweden.”

AT&T Charges Customer Twice, Refuses To Investigate It

AT&T Charges Customer Twice, Refuses To Investigate It

We think AT&T just stole about $157 from commenter Spoco. They applied the payment as always via his Amex card, but then said that it was declined and auto-debited it a second time a month later (+ late fees, of course). The only problem is, it wasn’t declined, and Spoco has proof. He just can’t get anyone at AT&T to care.

Look Out For These Ways Money Slips Down The Drain

Look Out For These Ways Money Slips Down The Drain

Like water swirling a drain, it’s in your money’s inert nature to flow away from you. Blogger Fabulously Broke identifies several ways in which people waste funds without realizing what they’re doing.

What To Do When You Discover You've Been Overcharged At A Restaurant

What To Do When You Discover You've Been Overcharged At A Restaurant

James discovered that the waiter at a steakhouse he and his wife ate at padded his bill by 4 extra dollars, but also ran through the charge a second time with no tip at all. Now he’s wondering what to do next.

Bail Yourself Out By Draining Water Costs

Bail Yourself Out By Draining Water Costs

If Kevin Costner’s epic cinematic vision is to be trusted, water will only continue to get more rare and pricey, even as we move closer to a world of melted polar ice caps.

Zombie AOL Account Plague Spreads To Wall Street Journal Columnist

Zombie AOL Account Plague Spreads To Wall Street Journal Columnist

Our reader Jennifer isn’t the only former Time Warner employee whose AOL account has risen from the dead, prompting collection notices and confusion. Wall Street Journal investing columnist Jason Zweig, a former Time Warner employee, found himself in precisely the same situation, and wrote about his epic customer service adventure.

Zombie AOL Account Crawls Out Of The Grave Nine Years Later

Zombie AOL Account Crawls Out Of The Grave Nine Years Later

Jennifer, like many people, one subscribed to AOL. She paid for the service originally, then received a free account while employed with Time Warner. Then she joined the 21st century and didn’t use AOL at all, but her free account remained in the system. Until AOL started billing her. Nine years later.

Bill Would Boost The Size Of Carry-On Bags, Charge TSA With Enforcement

Bill Would Boost The Size Of Carry-On Bags, Charge TSA With Enforcement

H.R. 2870 would require all airlines to accept slightly larger carry-on bags, which is great if you actually abide by the published carry-on limits. If you don’t, well, get ready to change your scofflaw ways because the TSA will enforce the new limits, and even slightly oversized bags won’t make it past security checkpoints.

Utility Claims 99-Year-Old Used 139,876 Gallons Of Water In 1 Month

Utility Claims 99-Year-Old Used 139,876 Gallons Of Water In 1 Month

Meet 99-year-old Jeanette Cohen, a Washington resident who either lives in her shower or is the recipient of the more bizarre bills spat out by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. Cohen normally pays $30 to use about 3,000 gallons per month, but the utility insists that she used 139,876 gallons of water last month and now owes almost $1,200.

Change The Name On Your Utility Bills When You Move Out

Change The Name On Your Utility Bills When You Move Out

Add “change the name on your utility bills” to your post-breakup checklist or you’ll end up like reader Noah, who had to pay a $140 cable bill for three months of service his ex-girlfriend used after he moved out. Why? Because the bill was in his name, and if he didn’t pay up, it was his credit report that was going to suffer.

AT&T Wireless Customer? Turn Off Phone Purchasing Power To Prevent Unauthorized Charges

AT&T Wireless Customer? Turn Off Phone Purchasing Power To Prevent Unauthorized Charges

If you’re managing cellphones for a family or your parents, or let’s say hypothetically you have a boyfriend who says he reads Consumerist but really he doesn’t or else he would have known better, you’ll probably run into stupid subscription and content fees from time to time. You know how people are when it comes to fake “free” offers.

Ordered From ProFlowers.com? Check Your Statements For Easy Saver

Ordered From ProFlowers.com? Check Your Statements For Easy Saver

Mark has been taking a closer look at his finances and discovered a recurring monthly charge from some company called Easy Saver (easysaverrewards.com). He’s not sure where he supposedly signed up for the service, but his online search revealed a potential connection that he thinks others might want know about.

Wachovia Sends Out Its Own "Free Credit Report!" Offer To Customers

Wachovia Sends Out Its Own "Free Credit Report!" Offer To Customers

Tom just received a great offer from his bank. He can receive a free credit report just by peeling off this sticker and affixing it to another part of the same page. That’s right, a free motherloving credit report! Who doesn’t want one of those? Free, you say? Sign me up!

Sprint Customer Receives Fake-Looking Phone Bill

Sprint Customer Receives Fake-Looking Phone Bill

Update: Lloyd, a Sprint “Customer Experience” Manager, wrote in to let us know that the bill below is indeed legitimate:

Comcast Lowers Your Bill, Then Charges Early Termination Fee

Comcast Lowers Your Bill, Then Charges Early Termination Fee

Comcast agreed to lower reader O.’s monthly cable bill to $40, but they didn’t warn him that the new, lower price would come with a hefty $150 early termination fee. O. could barely afford Comcast’s service before, and wouldn’t have agreed to the lower fee if he knew about the surprise fee. Comcast is telling him that he has no choice but to pay, and won’t even let him return to his previous plan.