Why Don't I Get The Cash Discount For Gas When I Pay With My Debit Card?

Why Don't I Get The Cash Discount For Gas When I Pay With My Debit Card?

David writes that he recently had a confusing experience at a gas station, and he wanted some clarification. He’s used to receiving a cash discount when he pays with his debit card at gas stations, but came across a gas station owner who wouldn’t give a cash discount for anything but actual greenbacks. Are this gas station’s policies illegal, David wonders?

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Life Insurance Myths Debunked

Life Insurance Myths Debunked

Canadian finance blog Financial Highway is running a a financial mythbuster series, and the latest entry tackles life insurance.

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FTC Online Mall Teaches Tweens About Online Privacy, Scammers

FTC Online Mall Teaches Tweens About Online Privacy, Scammers

This month, the Federal Trade Commission unveiled You Are Here, a virtual mall where kids can learn to avoid online scams, spot misleading ads, and learn good habits to be smart consumers.

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Credit Score Myths Debunked

Credit Score Myths Debunked

Ray at Financial Highway goes Mythbusters on credit scores, revealing 7 myths about the financial benchmarks.

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Time To Formulate Your Black Friday Safety Strategies

Time To Formulate Your Black Friday Safety Strategies

Looking ahead to Black Friday, America’s annual equivalent of soccer hooliganism, Bargain Babe Julia Scott enlists the help of fellow blogger Suzanne O’Connor to compile some safety tips to keep in mind when you brave the ravenous deal-hunting crowds.

Testing Stuck Accelerator Survival Strategies

Testing Stuck Accelerator Survival Strategies

The recent recall of millions of Toyotas due to their floor mats’ unfortunate tendency to trap the cars’ accelerators, a flaw which has caused at least one confirmed horrific fatal accident, has caused people to wonder: if this happened to me, what would I do? Equipped with several different makes of cars and a test track, our colleagues at Consumer Reports Cars decided to play Mythbusters and put different stuck-accelerator survival strategies to the test.

What's The Difference Between A HELOC And A Second Mortgage?

What's The Difference Between A HELOC And A Second Mortgage?

Guest posting on the personal finance blog Budgets Are Sexy, Robert Sommers explains the difference between home equity lines of credit and home equity loans, which are also known as second mortgages.

Airport Payphone Charges $20 For 1-Minute Local Call

Airport Payphone Charges $20 For 1-Minute Local Call

Billy discovered how it can pay to read Consumerist. He was charged $20 for a pay phone call from an airport, but remembered our post last year about the NCIC credit card system’s exorbitant charges.

Practice Good Hygiene Or Be Shamed By The White House

Practice Good Hygiene Or Be Shamed By The White House

We at Consumerist understand the importance of washing your hands and practicing good hygiene. We’re also big fans of publicly humiliating people who endanger us with their gross germs. That’s why we love this video of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stopping a press briefing and scolding MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd for sneezing into his hand, instead of his elbow.

Vandals Stick It To Business That Cheat On Credit Card Rules

Vandals Stick It To Business That Cheat On Credit Card Rules

When businesses sign up to allow credit card use, they sign merchant agreements that say they won’t force customers make minimum purchases or, in some states, charge additional fees to credit card customers. As we’ve reported before, businesses don’t always hold up their end of the agreement.

How Toothpaste Got Its Stripes

How Toothpaste Got Its Stripes

If you always assumed striped toothpaste was the work of a magic devil, assume again. It turns out it’s the work of a little extended pipe inside the tube that merges the different colored substances onto the toothpaste highway and straight onto your brush. That mechanical trick is half a century old, however; modern varieties sometimes just come that way, as this frozen toothpaste photo that’s been around for a while demonstrates.

How To Properly Work Your Ceiling Fan. Yeah, You Read That Right

How To Properly Work Your Ceiling Fan. Yeah, You Read That Right

Ceiling fans aren’t just on/off affairs, and it’s possible you could be using yours incorrectly. According to Consumer Reports, people get tripped up by the ability to reverse the direction of the blades…