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Local grocers and beverage vendors are crying foul over Gov. David A. Patterson's proposal to require a five-cent deposit on non-carbonated beverages. They say it is an unfair grab for cash at their expense, while doing nothing to improve recycling efforts. Do you think consumers should pay a five-cent deposit on iced tea, sports drink and juice containers? Will allow…

Here's your chance to shop, save and support a great local cause. Bon-Ton is hosting a day of support for local non-profit organizations on Feb. 28. Among them is Compeer of Greater Buffalo , which matches volunteers with local kids, adults and seniors in need of emotional support. Together, they are offering $5 coupon books, which include a $10 off coupon and four 2…

Cheapskates like me are always looking for cool new ways to reuse things. Planet Green TV shares a few different ways to reuse the fluffy waste created by your clothes dryer. You can put it in your compost pile, leave it out for the birds to build their nests and even use it to make firestarters for your woodstove or fireplace. Here is a (kind of l…

Chinese courts sentenced two businessmen to death after they used a cost-saving but toxic filler in powder later used in milk and other dairy products. Six children were killed and 300,000 others were sickened in the move to stretch costs and falsely boost nutritional content. What do you think of the sentence? Is it fair? Are corporations held to a high enough standard of…

   Girl Scouts to the rescue!        MoneySmart has just received word that Girl Scout Cookies are safe from the recent recall of Salmonella-tainted peanut butter products. "FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonel…

Not to hit Circuit City so hard lately, but I just read a great article on SoundAndVisionMag.com telling why you should avoid the liquidation sale at Circuit City. After scoping out nearby locations of the bankrupt retailer myself, I can personally vouch for every one of them. Especially reason number three, "The employees have stopped ca…

Need help getting your taxes done? IRS-certified students at the University at Buffalo will be offering free tax prep services to individuals and families with annual incomes under $42,000. "This service can be especially valuable to low-income tax filers by helping them apply for earned income-tax credits that can provide a needed boost in annual income, said UB …

I wrote an article for Tuesday's Business section about the total lack of bargains going on at closing retailer Circuit City. It related to a recent MoneySmart article  I wrote about how liquidators jack up prices at bankrupt retail outlets before running over-hyped "Going out of business" sales.  Circuit City was packed Mo…

Southwest Airlines is having a "Super Sale" on flights to Seattle, with 50 percent off roundtrip travel to and from Seattle/Tacoma, Washington between Feb. 3 and May 31. Hurry though, you've got to book by Thursday. You can book the flight on Southwest's Web site or using the promotional code SEATTLE. So go ahead--sip coffee where the U.S. c…

Amazon.com is offering a one-month free trial of Amazon Prime. With it, you get free, unlimited, two-day shipping from the online merchant and discounted one-day shipping with no minimum order size. The caveat with the free trial is that you have to put in your credit card information, and if you fail to cancel before the first month is up, you'll get charged the $79 ann…

Fenner Precision is switching to a four-day work week for its manufacturing operations, a move designed to cut hours and wages rather than jobs. It is joining other companies that are getting creative in staffing to avoid full-scale layoffs while riding out tough economic times. Some employers are asking employees to take a week off, unpaid. Others are looking for more c…

Still got that Circuit City gift card? You might want to use it before you lose it. After failing to find a buyer or secure a refinancing deal, electronics retailer Circuit City signed an agreement with liquidators to sell off stores' remaining merchandise. As of today, the company is still accepting gift cards. But when asked if the store would still be taking them …

Sure, it's only a half-hour drive from Buffalo. But Niagara Falls is always a nice day-trip or overnight destination. Travelzoo alerted me to a special rate at the Fallsview Plaza hotel in Canada. Rooms are as low as $58 and include a dining voucher that virtually pays for the room. Winter must not be peak tourist season at the Falls. Check out the link above for more info…

As part of Dunkin' Donuts' "You Kin Do it!" advertising campaign, the company (complete with a giant cup of coffee mascot) has been surprising NFTA riders in Erie and Niagara Counties with free ride tokens, and has been choosing parking garages at which to surprise Sabres fans with free game parking. Until now, Dunkin' Donuts has announced the times and dates, …