Should You Fix It?  A Personal Auto Repair Tale…
By on August 2, 2011

A grinding noise is the second most worrying thing to hear coming from under the hood of your car. It’s bested only by a loud explosion or seeing flames shooting from the front of your car. But a worn-out transmission is exactly what I’ve been dealing with in my 10-year old sedan these past few […]

FAA Stops Collecting Taxes on Air Ticket Purchases, Buy Now!
By on July 23, 2011

The Federal Aviation Administration announced they would suspend collecting taxes on air ticket purchases as the agency grapples with funding and budgetary issues.

Are Shopping Membership Clubs Worth the Annual Fee?
By on June 8, 2011

“Free 2-day shipping!” “5% cash back!” “Exclusive offers for members only!!” All of these retail promotions sound great at first, then you realize that an annual membership fee is involved. What? Ridiculous you say? Not so fast… ShopSmart and CBS MoneyWatch analyzed some of the more popular retail membership clubs and found that some might […]

Is Costco Really a Good Deal?
By on April 21, 2011

We’ve all heard about the wonders of Costco bulk buying and how it nets you a big discount on thousands of items. But SquawkFox put their money where their mouth is and did a side by side comparison of prices on dozen items at Costco and at the local grocery store. The results are not […]

Can Stores Ask For My ZIP Code?
By on February 10, 2011

(nelsonminar) The California Supreme Court ruled today that merchants in California cannot ask credit card customers for their ZIP codes. The request violates state law protecting the privacy of credit card users, according to the court. From the San Francisco Chronicle: “The decision came in a lawsuit against Williams-Sonoma Inc., whose clerk asked Jessica Pineda […]

AMEX Makes You Feel Horrible Asking for Help with Debt
By on August 16, 2010

After our recent video on lowering the interest rate on your credit card, I found a new story about a guy who was put to shame for asking AMEX to help him restructure his payments in order to pay off his balance. Trust me, this really isn’t how it works in real life. He must’ve […]

2MF Quick Draw – Cable vs. Phone Company, Triple Play Packages
By on August 16, 2010

We’ve heard it all before… “The cable company has faster internet.” “The phone company has clearer phone calls.” But really, when it comes right down to it…who has the better pricing? I mean, let’s be honest, we’re in a down economy. We all need to watch the bottom line. So here comes our first 2MF […]

Introducing the 2MF Quick Draw
By on August 16, 2010

(Image courtesy of Vinnl on Flickr) Inside the wild and wacky 2MF laboratory, we’re always trying out new ideas for blurb series. After a few phone calls this past weekend from friends asking: “Should I go with Product X or Product Y”, I thought, “What the hell! We should start comparing stuff for 2MF readers.” […]

What Could the Clintons Do With $5m Instead of a Wedding?
By on July 30, 2010

Talk about materialism! With Chelsea Clinton’s $5m wedding in New York ready to light up the streets of Rhinebeck, 2MF thought it would be great to put things into prospective. (Courtesy Granted, it’s not everyday that you have a $5m wedding. But here’s 3 quick facts on what else $5 million dollars in a […]