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The Discount Diva needs your help with an upcoming article. What frustrates you most about the way your significant other manages money? We'll be asking expert help to solve the stickiest financial issues that plague your relationship.   So what is it? Is he a penny pincher while you live like there's no tomorrow? Do you carefully file receipts while…

On April 23, Taco Bell will give away four $25,000 college scholarships at participating restaurants. Folks who stop in to dine that day will be given a code, which they can check online at TacoBellGraduation.com to see if they've won.  The chain will also donate 15 percent of that day's sales to the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, which helps kids gra…

Wegmans is recalling its White Chocolate Bark candy and Wegmans Tarts in two sizes of its raspberry custard and pineapple almond flavors. The company called the move a precautionary measure, as the items could contain pistachios implicated in a recent salmonella contamination scare. Also recently recalled were Stonybrook Farm brand organic fat free plain …

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   Economic signs that the worst may be over, reported in today's Buffalo News Business Today section, include:- "Are banks beginning to bounce back?": Money is cheap and mortgage applications are surging, thanks in large part to unprecedented efforts in Washington to breathe life back into the financial industry.- "Cautious sh…

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   In Buffalo, it's just another bank deal: "Provident approves acquisition by M&T".   In Baltimore, it's the end of an era, the sale of the state's largest independent bank. From The Baltimore Sun:     Provident's Baltimore roots go back to 1882, when a former Portuguese seaman started   hold…

   New on The Buffalo News Web site this morning:"Buffalo still lags the rest of the state in consumer confidence"    The measure of consumers' willingness to spend is up in Buffalo, but not enough to move it off the bottom of the stack. Overall confidence is up everywhere but in Rochester, and confidence in the future…

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   Breaking on The Buffalo News Web site right now -- "First Niagara Bank buys 57 branches in Pittsburgh":     First Niagara Financial Group announced its biggest purchase ever today, snapping up 57 branches and $4.2 billion in deposits in Western Pennsylvania from PNC Financial Services Group and extending its market south to Pitt…

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 A new report from the Brookings Institution -- titled "Job Sprawl Revisited: The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Employment" -- places Buffalo right in the middle of the small metro areas afflicted by the decentralization of employment in American cities.   The Buffalo News article -- "Sprawl: city vs. suburbs&quo…

Today's MoneySmart cover story talks about getting your Spring Cleaning done green and on the cheap. Here is the homemade laundry detergent recipe Tara Erwin uses to make 10 gallons of laundry soap for $1.21.       Ingredients:    4 cups hot tap water    1 bar Ivory Soap ($2.49 for four)    1 cup Washing Soda ($2.89 fo…

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Economic indicators from today's Buffalo News Business Today Up:- "As mortgage rates fall, KeyCorp boosts lending business" - The Cleveland-based bank, the third-  largest in Western New York, has been expanding its consumer mortgage business to grow its national market share. The bank has added about 30 people to its lending team in New York, Ve…

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Delish! bakery on Elmwood Avenue is offering a discount on wedding cakes booked by April 30, 2009.     The cakes will be available at the discounted price of $1 per slice for the first 100 slices. Talk about a deal--the bakery's regular price is $3.50 per slice. Some bakeries charge upwards of $7 per serving! Prices will increase acc…

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  From today's Buffalo News Business Today page:   The good news:- New Kohl's store in Buffalo holds grand opening: Not only is this a story about a big retailer opening, instead of closing. It's opening in Buffalo proper [left], employing 150 people, 70 percent of them Buffalo residents.- Cleveland BioLabs at $4…

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   The Buffalo News' contribution to the blizzard of coverage about the possible death and resurrection of General Motors takes the somewhat unusual step of asking some of the people who actually work there what they think.   Matt Glynn's "Work and worry for local GM employees" quotes, among others…

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   Of course, some newspaper reporters can cover a once-mighty American industry in rapid decline without even leaving their desks. -  The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting today on its own bankruptcy filing: The company has one significant creditor -- the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has said Sun-Times Media Group owes up to $608 million i…

Both Tops and Wegmans have pulled five varieties of Planters and Back to Nature brand nuts from shelves after Kraft Foods announced a voluntary recall of the products. Planters Nutrition Mix, NUT-rition Health Mix, Pistachio Lovers Mix, Pecan Lovers Mix and Trail Mix Nut/Raisin products are being removed from local stores. A full list of recalled products a…