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The Buffalo Auto Show is under way at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, through Sunday. It's always a popular attraction for car enthusiasts and potential buyers, but this year it's getting added attention amid slumping national sales for the automakers.  Dealers are hoping the show will help stimulate sales locally,  and say incentives are ma…

Denny's restaurants are giving away free Grand Slam breakfasts until 2 p.m. today! See you there!---Samantha Maziarz Christmann (Note: People who were unable to be served during the allotted time received rain checks.)

This post is a hodepodge of MoneySmart items:1.  My Nikon D40 SLR camera recently stopped autofocusing. Thank the stars I purchased the extended 3-year warranty. I sent it off to Nikon for repair so we'll see how that goes. After an extended conversation with one of the staff photographers here at The News I'm starting to realize the D40 is rather puny (his …

It turns out the company  that distributed peanut paste infected with Salmonella was aware of the contamination. Now that two people implicated in selling the melamine-tainted milk powder that killed six have been sentenced to death in China, and knowing Peanut Corp. of America's contaminated paste killed six people and sickene…

A 93-year-old man in Michigan froze to death  at home after a utility company "limited" his heat. Marvin E. Schur owed Bay City Electric Light & Power more than $1,000. The company's response to the community uproar that followed? It raised rates three percent. What's next? ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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…