Budget-Breaking Add-Ons That Accompany Big-Ticket Buys

Budget-Breaking Add-Ons That Accompany Big-Ticket Buys

The excitement of buying something big and expensive can drain quickly when you find out you’ll have to buy a lot of other stuff to go with it. Before you buy a big-ticket item, you should make sure you’ve accounted for its full expense by researching the accessories you’ll need to get the most out of your product. [More]

DOT Investigates Airlines For Not Disclosing Fees On Their Websites

DOT Investigates Airlines For Not Disclosing Fees On Their Websites

Starting August 23rd, airlines were supposed to start being more upfront on their websites about the fees they charge you. Guess what? They didn’t. [More]

DirecTV Promises No Extra Fees, Then Charges $10 Monthly Fee

DirecTV Promises No Extra Fees, Then Charges $10 Monthly Fee

After a recent move, Vincent signed up with DirecTV for his television-beaming needs. A sales representative quoted him a price, then assured him that no, there would be no extra fees on top of that. No one will be surprised at what happened next: a $10 per month HD fee appeared on his monthly bill. The person who originally signed him up refunded the fee and called it an “error.” But it didn’t go away with his next bill. Or ever. [More]

Understanding The Hidden Costs Of Investing

Understanding The Hidden Costs Of Investing

Investing newbies may be shocked by the amount of unexpected fees that siphon away their funds. When you’re searching for a brokerage, it’s wise to investigate hidden costs involved. [More]

How To Swerve Away From Extra Car Rental Fees

How To Swerve Away From Extra Car Rental Fees

Sure, maybe you’re smart enough not to fall for the optional insurance car rental companies like to shill when you borrow one of their fine vehicles. And of course, you’re wise to the astronomical final bill you might get if you opt for their pricey fuel options. But do you know what other gotchas lay in store? [More]

Look Out For Hidden Resort Fees When Booking Rooms

Look Out For Hidden Resort Fees When Booking Rooms

Kevin is annoyed that Priceline’s “Name Your Price” feature fails to take resort fees into account. In his case, such extra charges tacked on $19 a night to the $45 he agreed to pay for his room. [More]

Developers Spiking Homeowner Contracts With Hidden Resale Fee Covenants

Developers Spiking Homeowner Contracts With Hidden Resale Fee Covenants

Last April, Techdirt pointed out that a financial firm in Texas was trying to attach “private transfer fees” to homes, so that developers would get a little bit of each sale as it passed among owners in the years to come. It sounded crazy then–imagine having to pay royalties on clothes or furniture whenever you resold them–but the firm is aggressively expanding its plan and has signed up more than 5,000 developers across the country, reports the New York Times. If you buy a new house in the next decade, look for a “resale fee” covenant hidden in a separate document that might not be included in your closing papers or even require a signature. [More]

Enterprise Tells Me My Rental Will Cost $38, Charges Me $129

Enterprise Tells Me My Rental Will Cost $38, Charges Me $129

Andrew rented a car from Enterprise, which told him online it would charge $37.71 for a one-day rental. When he showed up at the branch, Enterprise said he’d have to pay more than three times that amount because he wouldn’t be allowed to drop his car off until two days later. [More]

Yankees And Mets Among Baseball's Biggest Online Ticket Fee Gougers

Yankees And Mets Among Baseball's Biggest Online Ticket Fee Gougers

A new study released by Rep. Weiner shows that Yankees and Mets fans are bleeding more than just their team colors, they’re also getting gouged with some of the highest online ticketing fees in baseball. [More]

5 Digital Fees To Avoid

5 Digital Fees To Avoid

LiveCheap posts 5 fees you might pay without realizing and offers ways to eliminate them. Sorry, divorced dads, the story does not show you a way to get out of paying child support. [More]

5 Ways To Save Money On Your Cell Phone Bill

5 Ways To Save Money On Your Cell Phone Bill

Taryn from BillShrink writes in with some helpful tips that can cut your cellular costs: [More]

If I Read The Fine Print I Would Still Have A House

If I Read The Fine Print I Would Still Have A House

Credit card companies stuffed all the crazy they could into their contracts in advance of the CARD act taking effect. This time they might have taken it too far, even for banks. Shoulda read that boilerplate!

#599; The Boilerplate Clause [WonderMark] (Thanks to MercuryPDX!)

TurboTax Stuck My Friend With $15 Fee For Service He Didn't Use

TurboTax Stuck My Friend With $15 Fee For Service He Didn't Use

Norbert says he spotted a $15 fee for “Unlimited Ask a Tax Expert” on his friend’s return, and customer service told him he’d either have to pay the fee or re-do his return. The friend paid the fee and are now awaiting the refund. [More]

Harrah's Las Vegas Resorts Say No To Resort Fees

Harrah's Las Vegas Resorts Say No To Resort Fees

If you don’t like the idea of paying a resort fee the next time you visit Las Vegas, make sure you check out the various Harrah’s Entertainment resorts. Today they sent a press release to travel blogger and temporary TSA aggravator Chris Elliott in which they state that all of their Vegas resorts “exclude mandatory resort fees.” [More]

Watch Out For Undisclosed Resort Fees When Using Sites Like Priceline

Watch Out For Undisclosed Resort Fees When Using Sites Like Priceline

Travel consumer advocate Christopher Elliott has a new post about an undisclosed $15/day “resort fee” that Trump International Hotel Las Vegas plans to tack onto a customer’s bill. The surprise is that the customer reserved the room through Priceline, and thought when he made the reservation that Priceline was telling him the final room rate. [More]

Droid User Says Says Verizon Double-Charged Him For Service Plans

Droid User Says Says Verizon Double-Charged Him For Service Plans

Victor, who picked up Verizon’s new iPhone competitor, the Droid, says Verizon billed him for $40 a month in redundant charges.

No Visa Or MasterCard Gift Cards This Year, Please

No Visa Or MasterCard Gift Cards This Year, Please

If you want to spread some fiscally sound good cheer this year, consider asking your friends, relatives, and coworkers not to give gift cards backed by the major credit card companies. Why am I making such a sour suggestion? Because a new study from two consumer advocacy groups indicates that most of the population still doesn’t recognize what a money trap those little plastic cards can be.

Couple Signs Up for $77.99 Verizon Bundle, Charged More Than Double

Couple Signs Up for $77.99 Verizon Bundle, Charged More Than Double

An Oregon couple signed up for $77.99 Verizon-Qwest bundle that included phone, internet and TV service, and were surprised to see the actual bill come to $158.49.