Archive for May, 2008

Banking pitch and catch

The pitch: Earn 6 percent on a bank checking account with no ATM fees and free online bill paying.

The catch: You have to make 10 debit-card purchases per month, create at least one direct deposit and get an electronic statement instead of a paper one.

If you can handle the requirements, this offer from Southern Community […]

Cheap eyeglasses: Part II

In print, on TV, on radio and in live presentations, I talk about spending money smarter. One of the examples I often use is getting prescription eyeglasses starting at $8 from I have two pair myself and am satisfied with them. (Full disclosure: I learned about the site from consumer advocate Clark Howard.)

Today, an […]

Inside scoop on ice cream

Citing increased costs of dairy ingredients and energy, the nation’s two largest ice cream makers have been downsizing. They reduced their 56-ounce cartons to 48 ounces, according to

This is the second time in the past four to five years that Nestle (maker of Dreyer’s and Edy’s) and Unilever (maker of Breyer’s) have downsized their […]

Consumers in the news

You might have missed it, but besides help some consumers are receiving to avoid mortgage foreclosure, there’s been other good news.

Walmart today began expanding its discounted prescription drug program to offer 90-day supplies of popular generic drugs for $10 and lower the prices on more than 1,000 other drugs. I know some people can’t stand […]