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   For workers, the ups and downs of the economy can depend mostly on which star you have hitched your family's wagon to. From today's Buffalo News:- 'Cash for clunkers' boosts July vehicle sales   In fact, some automakers, dealers and government officials declared an end to the industry slump that nearly claimed the lives of General…

Megabus, the deep-discount, express bus company, will temporarily increase the availability of $1 seats by 50,000. The promotion, intended to stimulate travel, encompasses trips taken from September 14 to November 19. To book travel, visit http://megabus.com/us/ and plug in the promotional code "HOTDEAL." The $1 fare is good in all 30…

Got a case of the Mondays? Maybe that's not such a bad thing. Starting today, Ben & Jerry's is offering buy one, get one free ice cream sundaes at its Scoop Shops every Monday until August 31. Just print the coupon.   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

The federal government is considering pumping $2 billion into the "Cash for Clunkers" program, after eager car buyers depleated the first $1 billion in about a week. The U.S. House approved the money almost instantly on Friday, and now the Senate must decide.If you have not bought a new vehicle using the program so far, are you considering it? …

   Buffalo News bank-watcher Jonathan D. Epstein has the first look at the new profit reports from HSCB Holdings:- HSBC's profits off by more than half  HSBC Holdings Plc said first-half profits fell 55 percent as record profits in its global banking and markets division were overcome by a big drop in commercial banking and a widened loss in U.S. person…

Ever wish you could get some free Internet access to go with your free book browsing and $3 coffee? Well, now you can. Barnes & Noble has begun offering free Wi-Fi at all 777 of its bookstores nationwide. Click here to find your closest location. The company is offering the complimentary service through a partnership with AT&T. Until now, custome…

Now this is a stimulus plan I can get behind. Mars is sponsoring the Real Chocolate Relief Act, through which the company will give away 250,000 chocolate bars every Friday through September. Register your e-mail address at RealChocolate.com for the chance to win a coupon good for one Twix, Snickers, Dove, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers or M&Ms. ---Samantha Maziar…

Who doesn't love free Beefaroni? Click here to print a coupon for $1 off one can of Chef Boyardee. Since the little cans of heaven are usually priced at just $1 or thereabouts, you'll be getting a can for free. ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann 

Need more flair? T.G.I. Friday's has a couple of great specials out now. The chain restaurant's Bring Your Own Buddies summer promotion is offering $5 off per entree for every buddy you bring to dine with you. Either text BYOB13 (296213) to MYTGIF (698443) or click here to print a coupon. Since entree prices start at just $6.99, there is a poten…

Looking for something to do tonight? The Riviera Theatre at 67 Webster Street in North Tonawanda will host Eye Candy Cabaret, a modern burlesque dance troupe. The show is free, and starts at 9:30 p.m. There is no nudity, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to bring the kiddies. You could bring your grandparents, though. In fact, you might want to head o…

Over the last week and a half, many area restaurants have taken advantage of the hundreds of thousands who attended the Taste Of Buffalo and the Sorrento Cheese Buffalo Italian  Heritage Festival, and the tens of thousands who traveled to both. Setting up shop at the festivals typically leads to profits on the days where it's no…

                                                 Tween superstar Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame has a cd coming out …

                                         Starbucks is giving away a free pastry with the purchase of any handcrafted, iced or brewed beverage tomorrow, July 21. Clic…

   A look at the latest unemployment statistics from the New York Labor Department, showing record high numbers for the state and the Buffalo-Niagara region, discloses at least one dog that didn't bark. It's in the article Jobless rate rises to 8.9% in June from this morning's Buffalo News Business Today section.  …

Judging by the heavy turnout at Wednesday's conference on wind power manufacturing, hosted by Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, there's a lot of interest from the business community in tapping into that sector. Experts at the meeting said Buffalo Niagara has a lot of the resources that would be a good fit wind power-related manufacturing, but they note o…