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She's been the brunt of late night talk show jokes and the center of criticism for her parenting skills. But now the New Jersey mom accused of taking her six-year-old daughter tanning with her could be starting a wildfire of legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from entering a tanning salon. Forty-four-year-old Patricia Krentcil is being called a tanorexic for her apparent addiction to the tanning salon. She pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges but her scorched appearance is leaving many people to wonder if there are better alternatives for getting a golden glow. And experts agree - yes there are.
You can't put a price tag on mom's love, but that shouldn't stop you from buying her something nice for Mother's Day. According to a recent Mother's Day shopping survey from PriceGrabber, 62% of consumers plan to spend less than $100 on gifts for mom. Roughly one-third of shoppers plan to find great gifts on daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social to help them get more bang for their buck. Chances are mom won't be offended by your frugality-- she'll be proud.
Credit card users argue that their plastic gets them points, airline miles and rewards. Despite big name banks like Chase and Wells Fargo putting an end to their debit rewards programs, there are still some great debit cards offering similar perks. Even Target offers a debit card alternative to their REDcard. Wondering which cards are worth bestowing a space in your wallet to? We'll explain the perks and pitfalls of debit card rewards.
Shopping online has its perks—as does anything that you can do while wearing pajamas. But the downfall is that 20-40% of online purchases end up returned, according to various retailers. Much of that ends up being clothing that doesn't fit properly. Now new technology is hoping to improve your odds of ending up with jeans, dresses and suits that fit you just as well as the model wearing them on the retailer's website.
Love a product so much you find yourself talking about it at dinner parties or writing home to mom about it? If you've got passion for a product, have a great social network and enjoy sharing your thoughts with others you could be a great brand ambassador. Big name companies like Walmart, Sharpie and Remington find normal people to spread the word about their brand. Typically they look for people who bring their image, values and message to life. Sometimes these positions are paid, sometimes they're not, but after you hear about Lindsey Holder's experience as a Remington Style Ambassador you'll want to know where you can get a gig like hers.
Crooks no longer have to steal your wallet in order to get their hands on your credit card. New technology allows them to steal the data off your credit card just by standing a few feet away with a special radio frequency reader. It's called electronic pickpocketing and here are tips to make sure it doesn't happen to you.
Starbucks, Amazon Prime, and Barnes and Noble all offer them. But is paying for a discount card a good idea? Typically companies offer a membership card for a certain amount of money and buying one entitles you to a discount on future purchases for a set amount of time. But is it worth it—or just a way for companies to get more of your cash in their pockets?
Your palms may get sweaty, your heart may race, or your throat could get dry. No, you're not boarding a roller coaster or walking onto a stage, you're about to use a huge pile of coupons, and you're worried about irritating those impatient people who don't care how much money you're saving. Here are some tips to prevent yourself from feeling hated while you're taking a long time at the register.
According to AAA, drivers will pay 30 cents more per gallon this Easter weekend than last year and 90 cents more than they did on Easter of 2010. Since you’ll be paying more at the pump save money with these free and cheap apps that will make your Easter break even more entertaining and fun, helping you save money on everything from gas to entertainment.
These days you can rent everything from friends to designer handbags with the help of websites. There are many reasons to opt for renting rather than buying. It can be a great way to save money, especially if you don't need the item for a long time. It can also be a more earth-friendly option. So whether you can't afford to own something or just prefer not to here are some of the most unusual rental opportunities.
As sure as the sun rises, taxes must be paid. Every year by mid-April Uncle Sam needs his fair share. Forking over money for tax preparation seems inevitable, but there are actually lots of completely free resources available. Depending on your age, income level or whether you've served in the military, you could benefit from completely free assistance with filing your taxes.