rental car fees

Hidden Fees Make Rental Car Quotes Bogus

I have rented a car three times in my life. The first was on a memorable first business trip to Fargo when I was 23 (a difficult feat, as rental companies get nervous about customers under 25). The second car rental was for the two days leading…

Shared Medical Appointments...Yay or Nay?

Have you ever heard of shared medical appointments? What would it feel like to sit in a room full of strangers (re: not doctors) and discuss that funny-looking skin thingy on the back of your neck, out-of-the-ordinary emotions, weight gain,…
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How to Get Through to a Live Person in Customer Service

I used to think I spent a healthy dose of time on the phone with customer service. Like the time I was renewing my two-year plan with Verizon Wireless and received a 119-minute voice overage charge the next month  (hint: I didn't actually go…
avoid fees

Get Off the Fee Treadmill

Don’t you just hate it when you save some money using your ultra-cool frugal tactics, only to have your bounty eaten up by something as silly as fees? Sometimes it feels like we are playing a zero-sum game—the balancing out of money saved…
celebrity prepaid debit card

Move over Milan: The Latest Fashion Trend for Hollywood is the Prepaid Debit Card Line

Celebrity prepaid debit cards are getting really fashionable! Let me show you some of the more outrageous ones.  Amanda's Post Update 09/12/2016: WOW. Apparently others weren't keen on all the fees these trendy cards carried as well! I've…
doomsday planning
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Monetizing the End of the World: Do You Buy It?

Doomsday planning has opened up a whole other industry. You won't believe the kinds of Doomsday Preppers products I found on the market! There have been many end-of-world predictions over the course of history sourced from both religious and…