This Dunkin' Donuts Tip Cup Has Trust Issues

This Dunkin' Donuts Tip Cup Has Trust Issues

The workers at this Dunkin’ Donuts hope that you’ll be happy enough with their service that you’ll leave a tip. But doesn’t trust you not to run off with the tip jar. [More]

What You Have To Tip People Who Work For You So They Don't Think You're A Jerk

What You Have To Tip People Who Work For You So They Don't Think You're A Jerk

If you’re a mailman, you’ll probably look just a little more kindly upon those who slip you $10 gift cards during the holidays, and may be willing to work just a little bit harder to keep them happy throughout the year. So think of holiday tipping as a way to buy goodwill that lasts year round and you’ll find yourself more motivated to tip appropriately. [More]

Overpriced Bars Now Adding Mandatory 18-20% Tips

Overpriced Bars Now Adding Mandatory 18-20% Tips

Here in New York City, there are certain bars — most of them in hotels and most of them frequented by people who read in Us Weekly that celebrities party there — that are not only charging absolutely ridiculous amounts of cash for basic cocktails, but are automatically adding hefty tips onto the tab. [More]

How To Remodel A Kitchen That's Not Supposed To Fund Your Retirement

How To Remodel A Kitchen That's Not Supposed To Fund Your Retirement

Remember the days when your kitchen was an investment? Yeah, those days are over. Now you need a reasonably priced kitchen where you can actually cook! [More]

Advice For Holiday Travelers This Year: Buy Your Tickets Now

Advice For Holiday Travelers This Year: Buy Your Tickets Now

CNN’s Travel Companion suggests you start looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas tickets now, because airlines have cut capacity over last year, and the peak travel times for those two holidays are shorter this year than usual. The article also provide some tips for getting a good price: shop for single seats; aim for Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights; and if you can, try to fly on an actual holiday. [More]

Tips On Tipping Everyone From Your Pizza Guy To Your Sherpa

Tips On Tipping Everyone From Your Pizza Guy To Your Sherpa

We all that know that tipping your waiter 15-20% is the standard (though some of you will surely disagree) or that you usually throw the pizza guy at least a couple bucks, especially if he braves flood waters to deliver your order. But what about your tattoo artist, or your salmon fishing guide or your sherpa? [More]

GM Voids Warranty On Used Truck, Blames It On Chip Owner Didn't Know Was Installed

GM Voids Warranty On Used Truck, Blames It On Chip Owner Didn't Know Was Installed

Ken is facing a $13,000 repair bill on his 2007 Chevy 2500 diesel truck, because the full factory warranty the dealership assured him it had was voided by GM. The reason: GM says at some point in the past, someone put a chip in the truck that doesn’t match the info GM has, so they don’t have to service it. The problem for Ken is that the dealership didn’t check for this chip before it sold the truck to Ken, and Ken didn’t know about this loophole when he bought it. In fact, he says he bought it about a year and a half before GM implemented this rule. [More]

How Much Would You Tip This Dedicated Domino's Driver?

How Much Would You Tip This Dedicated Domino's Driver?

On Sunday, people in sections of Charleston, SC, were up to their knees in flood water. But that didn’t deter this driver for Domino’s Pizza from making his deliveries. [More]

Are Upside-Down Tomato Planters No Good?

Are Upside-Down Tomato Planters No Good?

A tipster sent us a link to this short advice column on gardening at PennLive.com, where the author says upside-down planters in general aren’t that great, and in dry hot summers are particularly bad for your tomatoes. [More]

It's Never Too Late To Haggle, Even At Target

It's Never Too Late To Haggle, Even At Target

Kyle just emailed us a recap of his successful haggling adventure at Target this past weekend. If you’re afraid to try haggling at a big chain store, check out his story for an example of how to make it pleasant for all parties involved; the goal is to approach it as a negotiation where everyone wins, not as a zero-sum competition. [More]

How To Avoid An Emergency Room Bill That Sends You Back To The E.R.

How To Avoid An Emergency Room Bill That Sends You Back To The E.R.

Emergency room bills bring a special sort of sticker shock, because they don’t usually show up until weeks later, and then come packed with all sorts of over-inflated fees and add-ons. The New York Times calls them “notoriously high and perplexing,” and although it’s unlikely you’ll ever end up paying the full amount listed on the bill, there are strategies you can use to bring that initial figure down. [More]

Tips For Saving Money On Textbooks

Tips For Saving Money On Textbooks

The second half of summer is “complain about textbook prices” season, and last week the New York Times put together a special section on the topic and asked experts to weigh in. Too many of the contributors just provide an overview of the situation but no solutions; a publishing industry representative actually defends textbook prices as trivial compared to other educational costs. Fortunately Anya Kamenetz, who writes for Fast Company, suggests Flat World Knowledge. And to be fair, the guy who defended textbooks prices suggests CourseSmart for ebook rentals. The Times also asked students, professors and parents to weigh in with advice. [More]

Haggle With The Manager Of Lowe's, Get A Great Deal On A Fridge

Haggle With The Manager Of Lowe's, Get A Great Deal On A Fridge

Rissa writes in to let us know that you can get a great deal by haggling a little bit with the manager of Lowe’s. [More]

Hey You In The Kitchen: You're Doing It Wrong

Hey You In The Kitchen: You're Doing It Wrong

Are you holding on to some old kitchen myths? If so, this website will shock and astound you as it slap chops the truth into your face. For example, baking soda in the fridge isn’t an efficient way to prevent odors, aluminum cookware doesn’t cause Alzheimer’s, and mayonnaise–at least the commercial brands made in the U.S.–will actually help prevent spoilage in dishes like chicken salad. [More]

Use Your Shoe To Open A Bottle Of Wine

Use Your Shoe To Open A Bottle Of Wine

The next time you find yourself somewhere without a corkscrew, try the technique in this video before you buy one. If you’ve got a shoe and a wall, you might be able to tap the cork out with a few carefully controlled smacks. [More]

Fun Summer Project: Get Your Tax Records In Order!

Fun Summer Project: Get Your Tax Records In Order!

Inc. magazine has published a list of tips on how to get your home business tax documentation in order right now, so next year’s tax filing will be trouble free. Sure, this isn’t the most exciting staycation idea ever, but on the other hand anything you can do at home you can do in your underwear with a six pack of beer. I should really become a motivational speaker. [More]

Bring A Cash Tip If You're Going To Supercuts

Bring A Cash Tip If You're Going To Supercuts

If you’re planning a haircut at Supercuts anytime soon, bring cash to tip your super cutter. Joe reports that his local branch of the chain, at least, has stopped letting customers add a tip for their stylist to their total bill. Tips are now cash only. [More]

If You Don't Tip Your Cabbie, You Might Get Held Hostage

If You Don't Tip Your Cabbie, You Might Get Held Hostage

We know that tipping is a touchy topic, but a cab driver in New Orleans appears to have gone a teensy-weensy bit too far in his attempt to wrest a 10% tip from his passenger and he’s now facing charges of extortion, simple assault and false imprisonment. [More]