How To Not Suck… At Last-Minute Christmas Gifting

How To Not Suck… At Last-Minute Christmas Gifting

Maybe you’re lazy. Or a procrastinator. Or a lazy procrastinator. We’re not judging because most of the time, that’s fine. But there are only a few sands left in the hourglass before Dec. 25, at which point you find yourself without gifts to give, promising your loved ones that you’ll get them something really nice at one of the after-Christmas sales. Fear not. Consumerist is here to help in your time of need — so your family doesn’t think you don’t give a hoot. [More]

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Sometimes we let important financial tasks pile up on our desks, or on our virtual desks, until they create a giant pile of crap that we don’t want to go through. Fight back: here’s a list of 18 tasks that you might have been putting off that you can perform in only a few minutes. [Money Crush] (via Rockstar Finance)

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My Wedding Band Missed My Wedding, And Macy’s Won’t Refund Rush Shipping

Okay, Ree probably should have ordered her wedding band a little earlier. Ordering it on November 21 for a November 30 wedding isn’t too bad, though: there are six whole business days for it to show up! That’s why she accepted the financial penalty of paying for faster shipping. Everything should have been fine. Until, apparently, everything that could go wrong with shipping a piece of jewelry within the same country did. The truck broke down. The ring was delivered to the wrong house. The ring was delivered to the wrong door of the wrong house. In the meantime, Ree had managed to find the same ring in stock at another store in the area. They got married, came back from the honeymoon, and… the original ring hadn’t showed up yet. [More]

Overcome Personal Finance Procrastination

Overcome Personal Finance Procrastination

The number one cause of personal finance ruin is procrastination, and the number one cause of procrastination is fear of failure. So if you find yourself watching Brideplasty instead of balancing your checkbook, deciding which expenses to cut, or updating your retirement savings plan, here are some tips for making those tasks less daunting. [More]

Last Chance To Request $40 Digital TV Converter Box Coupons!

Last Chance To Request $40 Digital TV Converter Box Coupons!

Alright slowpokes, you have less than a week to finally request your digital TV converter box coupons. The Department of Commerce plans to hand out the last $40 coupons on July 31. You don’t need a converter box if you pay for TV or have a newer set, but if you’ve been wondering where your stories have been since June 12, request a coupon while they’re still available.

It's Tax Day! Here Are Some Post Offices That Are Open Late…

It's Tax Day! Here Are Some Post Offices That Are Open Late…

Today is the day, folks. You’ll need to finish up your taxes and send them on their way to the IRS.

It's Tax Day! Here Are Some Post Offices That Are Open Late…

It's Tax Day! Here Are Some Post Offices That Are Open Late…

Today is the day, folks. You’ll need to finish up your taxes and send them on their way to the IRS.

16  Years After The Law Was Passed, The National Auto Database Still Doesn't Exist

16 Years After The Law Was Passed, The National Auto Database Still Doesn't Exist

The Consumer Law & Policy blog says that three consumer advocacy groups, Public Citizen, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and Consumer Action, have filed a lawsuit in order to force the Department of Justice to enforce a law passed in 1992 that requires a national database of auto information gathered from insurance companies. The database would allow consumers to “instantly check the validity of the car’s title and odometer reading and learn whether it had been stolen or severely damaged in the past.”

U.S. News: It's Your Own Damn Fault You Can't Redeem Rebates

U.S. News: It's Your Own Damn Fault You Can't Redeem Rebates

U.S. News & World Report hates our inability to redeem rebates. If we only tried harder, they say, we might be able to conquer our “tendency to procrastinate and inability to follow multistep directions.” Yes, that must be the problem.

Joyriding Jerks Steal Food Bank Truck, Ruin 1 Ton Of Food For No Reason

Joyriding Jerks Steal Food Bank Truck, Ruin 1 Ton Of Food For No Reason

A local non-profit wants to know who would steal food from the hungry. A thief took a refrigerated Food Bank of the Rockies truck Monday that was stocked with enough food to feed 1,500 families.

Why We Procrastinate On Our Taxes

Why We Procrastinate On Our Taxes

•Delusion No. 1: If I put off filing until the last minute, I’ll have less chance of getting flagged for an audit amid the flood of deadline filers. “I don’t think so,” says Adams. “I’ve never heard that on either this side of the desk or the other.”