March 12 (Reuters) – Autopaying bills is a no-brainer. You
are never late with a payment, and you do not have to spend all
that time going through stacks of bills, filling out checks, and
then stuffing and stamping envelopes.
But Brent Cumberford learned the hard way that automatic
bill paying is not as simple as setting it up and walking away.
Feb 18 (Reuters) – Your dog may never make it like the
beagle Miss P, winner of the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club’s best
in show award, but he or she may still have a shot at becoming a
YouTube star or nabbing a modeling contract based on an
It happened for Tuna, a Chiweenie mix of Chihuahua and
dachshund. This unlikely Internet star, found as a stray at a
California farmer’s market, has more than a million followers on
Instagram (instagram.com/tunameltsmyheart) because of his
cartoonish overbite. A book, “The Underdog with the Overbite,”
goes on sale in two weeks with a list price of $14.95.
Feb 17 (Reuters) – You can cut your land line and sever your
cable TV, but if you want to stream the new season of “House of
Cards,” you need to hang on to your Internet connection.
Whatever savings you might achieve by ditching other services,
you will almost certainly give them back as your bill for Web
connectivity inexorably creeps up.
Consumers now pay an average of $50 a month for a broadband
connection to the Web, which is up from a monthly average of
about $40 a decade ago. But costs can vary widely – ranging from
$10 to $120 – depending on whether the service is bundled with
cable and phone, is an introductory rate, and depending also on
your connectivity speed.
Feb 11 (Reuters) – If you plunk down some big bucks for
organic chocolate this Valentine’s Day, your sweetie may or may
not be impressed.
Despite what some people say, such candy does not taste
better just because the ingredients are organic, according to
experts. The manufacturing process plays a major part.
Feb 4 (Reuters) – With snow piling up in much of the United
States, it might seem a bit early to start thinking about
summer. But if you want to take a vacation on your terms, travel
experts say now is the time to get the ball rolling.
Cheaper fuel prices, a strong dollar and an economy on the
upswing mean consumers will have a lot of competition booking
airplane seats for summer vacations. “This is the perfect
storm,” says Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of
FareCompare.com, which analyzes airfares.
Jan 15 (Reuters) – The week before Christmas, a fire gutted
the Beverly, Massachusetts home shared by Kevin Wagner, his
fiancée, and their four young children. Most of their basic
possessions were destroyed along with their Christmas presents.
While insurance will cover much of the rebuilding, friends
stepped in right away with cash to fill the gap until the claim
is settled. As is becoming more common these days, they started
crowdfunding campaigns on popular sites – one on DreamFund.com,
which holds money in an FDIC-insured savings account, and
another on GoFundMe.com, which is linked to a personal bank
account. Both sites collect a 5 percent fee from the donations
and pass along a credit card processing fee of about 3 percent.