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The Seneca Nation of Indians has come a long way in generating revenue since it began operating a campground and bowling alley in the 1970's. Today it operates three casinos in Western New York. Now, the nation is planning to invest $28 million over the next five years in a holding company that will invest in and buy other companies. The goal is to diversify the …

In her column today, our Discount Diva Samantha writes about some of the money-saving Web sites out there that do all the bargain hunting for you. She mentions BOGOfetcher.com and ShopItToMe.com. One useful Web site I found is alice.com, which finds good deals on everyday household items such as deodorant, laundry soap and more. The service even includes fre…

    When the $61 million engineering building is completed on the University at Buffalo's north campus in 2011, it will include a white, reflective roof, rain garden and even bathroom appliances that use less water than normal. Robert Shibley, senior adviser to  UB President John Simpson for campus planning and design, said the Schoo…

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  Doctors recommending Camel cigarettes? Safe driving tips from James Dean? The Consumerist has compiled the "Top 10 Ironic Ads from History" and some of them are real doozies. An ad for Bayer brand heroin makes the cut, as does one for asbestos with the tagline, "When your life depends on it, you use asbestos." It makes you wonder whic…

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Procter & Gamble is testing sales of a new, cheaper type of Tide laundry detergent called Tide Basic, the Associated Press reports. The product is on shelves in the southern and southwestern states for a trial run at 100 Wal-Mart and Kroger stores. It costs 20 percent less than regular tide, comes only in powder form and lacks the advanced cleaning technologies…

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Starting July 1, Save-A-Lot is offering a free $5 printable coupon for shoppers who join the Smart Shoppers Club. The coupon is good for $5 off any in-store purchase of $20 or more and is e-mailed to your inbox when you sign up online. It's free to join the Smart Shoppers Club. You'll need to divulge your name, e-mail address, zip code and birt…

We've compiled a list of some local mini-golf courses, but it by no means complete. Please share your favorite courses, and tell us why you like them.

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School's out for summer and Family Video is kicking it off right by offering one free rental for every "A" on a student's report card.        Students in kindergarten through college can bring a report card to any Family Video location until July 12 to receive rental vouchers for every report card &quo…

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                                  Think it's too early to start your holiday shopping? Before you answer that, you might want to check out Bath & Body Works' clearance sale.   You …

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Looks like some savvy marketing company has found yet another way to sell cosmetics to macho men. Natural cosmetic company Pencil Me In is hoping to take guyliner to a whole new level with Graff*Etch. With it, tough guys who shave patterns into their hair can "set it off" with a bit of added color using Pencil Me In eyeliner. The effect comes out like this…

 In a story like Sunday's feature on the past, present and future of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Buffalo, it is difficult to pinpoint the Seaway's exact role in shaping the last 50 years of the city's history. How big of a role do you think it played? What would the city look like if it was still a transshipment port? Does shipping have potential in Buff…

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   Time magazine has an interesting package about what it expects to be a better-than-expected situation for teens seeking summer jobs.- Stimulus Sparks a Summer Jobs' Comeback    For many low-income teens in the U.S., ... jobs have been in scarce supply since the Federal Government gutted its summer-jobs program about a decade ago.…

Unless local sailors can park their boat in a barn or storage shed, or perhaps on a trailer next to their garage, they need a slip at a local marina. For a survey of docking fees and services at area boating facilities, check out the Comparison Shopper column in the MoneySmart section of today's paper. If we missed mentioning your favorite boatyard, we're not dis…

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Today, June 19, Orange Julius  is giving away free 20 oz. Light Smoothie. But WAIT--you have to go to their Web site first and print up a coupon.  Find your closest location here. ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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   It must be nice to hear that your job is more important than ever. Even if the reason your job matters more is that so many other people are losing theirs.   The Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, meeting this week in Amherst, brought in big-time economist Paul Harrington for an update on the economy or, as his talk was officially titled,…