Posted on 2/28/2011 18:12 EST
What are the best value cars for 2011? The race to this particular finish line was won by the Honda Fit, according to PRNewswire.com, which based its report on an analysis undertaken by Consumer Reports. A low price isn't the only criterion by which to judge a car's worth, continues the press release. Car buyers should also note the cost of ownership, reliability, and overall performance. Continue reading for a heads-up about other good buys among the current model offerings.
"Consumer Reports named the Honda Fit as the small car with the best overall value in its 2011 Annual Auto Issue. The Fit also emerged as the best overall value among some 200 different vehicles analyzed, ranging from small cars to luxury sedans.
Although the Jeep Wrangler is well known for its off-road capability, it was named as the overall worst value.
"A low price doesn't necessarily make a car a good value," said Rik Paul, automotive editor at Consumer Reports..."
Posted on 2/28/2011 15:50 EST
Do you want to know how to get everything for free? Just read this article on Boston.com and you'll see how some folks turn into reality what otherwise seems like a consumer's ultimate fantasy. Of course, manufacturers and retailers may not be thrilled about letting shoppers walk away with hundreds of dollars worth of stuff without forking over a dime, but hey, if you're just playing by the rules that someone else made, it's not your problem.
"As soon as Kathy Spencer walked into the Rite Aid in Haverhill, early one recent Sunday morning, she knew something was up: All the carts were gone. At that hour, she was accustomed to having the store to herself, quietly piling hundreds of dollars worth of goods in her cart, quietly working the system, quietly walking out the door without having to pay for any of it..."
Posted on 2/28/2011 15:44 EST
Cheap celebrity clothes can now be yours courtesy of the group buying craze. Techcrunch reports on a startup e-commerce site that lets you snag a deal on an item of clothing worn by your favorite star (of whatever firmament) as long as enough other fans want the same piece. And, in addition to feeling cool, you can feel good about yourself knowing that whatever take the celeb would otherwise receive for lending his or her name to the product will be turned over to charity.
"Do you secretly wish you could look like a celebrity but don't have the entourage, yacht, or cash flow to make it possible?
Well, thanks to YouCeleb, an e-commerce site launching today, now you can look -- and feel -- like a celebrity. (A sober one, of course.) The startup offers daily deals and discounts on designer fashion that celebrities wear after the cameras stop rolling..."
Posted on 2/28/2011 15:38 EST
This senior savings list is the best reminder that being a person of a certain age has its perks. A loud thanks to Wallet Pop for scouting around to locate retailers, restauratuers, movie chains, hotels, airlines, and more who offer discounts to older folks. Just what we mean by "older folks" varies by provider, so don't be shy -- ask. You've got nothing to lose and some savings to gain.
"After compiling this huge list of senior discounts and freebies, I'm convinced that, if you're of a certain age, it's just a matter of asking to save money. Just remember to bring ID, as many retailers and restaurants will ask for proof of your age. After all, you look so young!
SeniorDiscounts.com - For a site that looks awfully spammy, you'd be surprised how many freebie tips and coupons just for seniors are stuffed into the free weekly newsletter. Paid memberships start at $13 and offer additional perks, but you can still get a lot out of the free membership..."
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Posted on 2/27/2011 18:26 EST
A cheap Archos tablet is about to hit the market, so be on the lookout. According to Liliputing.com, the tablet will appear in two versions, both selling for for less than $200. But for such low prices, you do lose out on features found in high-end devices. What you will get, though, is the choice of an eight- or ten-inch tablet that works for web surfing, email, e-books, and videos. Sound like a deal to you?
"Two new budget tablets from Archos have been making the rounds recently, first popping up in Russia, and then on the FCC web site. Now Charbax has gotten some hands-on time with the Archos Arnova 8 and Archos Arnova 10 tablets and he's posted a few videos.
In a nutshell, these tablets are designed to be cheap, but fairly capable devices. They're not going to replace a Motorola XOOM anytime soon. They have slower processors, lower resolution displays, and cheaper components..."