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.

Capital One Charges Woman $29 Late Fee For Paying Too Early

Capital One Charges Woman $29 Late Fee For Paying Too Early

Jason writes, “My wife just sent me an email saying that she paid ‘too early’ (before the new statement was generated) and got charged a ‘Late Fee’ of $29!” He says she called Capital One and got the fee waived, but it’s a good reminder that if you make a payment before the new statement period begins, your card provider will likely apply the payment to the previous statement period, and will still expect a fresh payment from you by the new due date. Just make sure your payments aren’t scheduled so early that they’re applied to the past and you’ll be fine.

House To Pass Credit Card Reform, Tell The Senate To, Too

House To Pass Credit Card Reform, Tell The Senate To, Too

The House is expected to pass the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act today, and the Senate is considering similar legislation. The Senate battle will be harder, but you can help!

Letter To T-Mobile Executives Results In Fees Waived, Charges Reversed

Letter To T-Mobile Executives Results In Fees Waived, Charges Reversed

Chris was surprised to find that T-Mobile didn’t cancel his account as promised a few months ago. What’s worse, the note on his account that mentioned his cancellation request was missing, and nobody at customer service would help him. Chri works for a “very large consumer electronics company” that he won’t name (we’re pretty sure it’s Apple) and thinks customer service is important, so he gave up on the CSR angle and instead came to our site to find contact info for T-Mobile executives. One EECB later, Chris is free from T-Mobile and the ETF they tried to apply.

Man Downloads Movie While In Mexico, Receives $62,000 Wireless Bill

Man Downloads Movie While In Mexico, Receives $62,000 Wireless Bill

If you’re going out of the country for more than 15 seconds, don’t forget to turn off, remove, leave at home, freeze in a block of ice, disable, or otherwise render unusable your wireless card. Above all, do not download Wall-E for your nephew to watch on your computer. Unfortunately, we do not have any more details about what was going on here, because Clark Howard apparently has to get back to his NASCAR pit.