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5 Things People Do On Tax Returns That Can Lead To IRS Audits

Originally posted on Consumerist:

Can you smell it in the air? That’s the distinct scent of Tax Season approaching. So in these days leading up to everyone’s favorite time of year, here are some reminders about the red flags the IRS looks for when deciding whether to audit a taxpayer.

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3 Lessons We Learned About The Produce Section That Will Change Your Next Grocery Trip

Originally posted on Consumerist:

We all know there’s a grand design in place at the supermarket, with every detail planned and planted specifically to solicit the ultimate reaction: “I’ve gotta buy this.” It’s no different in the microcosm of the produce section, says a 30-year-veteran of A&P supermarkets, and the amount of thought that goes into convincing shoppers we want — nay, need! — to buy something will change the way you look at fruits and veggies.

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Make Everyone Smile With Instant Camera Cheese Slicer

Originally posted on Consumerist:

gamago_saycheese3Sure, you could get a cheese slicer with a metal handle. You could slice your cheese with a knife. Or you could make the phrase “say cheese” literal with a novelty cheese slicer shaped like an instant camera.

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From the Collection


Interesting original purchased off of eBay some years ago. If the date is correct, the picture pre-dates the common use of helicopters as neo-cavalry by more than two decades.

Walmart Laying Off 2,300 Sam’s Club Workers

Marty Andrade:

Whoa. January is normally bad for retail, but I wonder if there’s a larger economic trend here.

Originally posted on Consumerist:

In a move intended to thin the herd of too many assistant managers, Walmart announced over the weekend that it will be laying off 2,300 employees of its Sam’s Club warehouse stores, and that about half of those being let go are salaried assistant managers.

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Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You: USPS Price Hike Brings Cost Of A First-Class Stamp To $0.49

Originally posted on Consumerist:

Remember when it only cost a quarter to instantly get in touch with someone from a payphone? Then we all got nostalgic when the price started creeping up, until cell phones made that fond remembrance less of misty, water-colored memory. Now it costs almost two quarters to send a less-than-instant letter or card, with the new price of first-class stamps rising from $0.46 to $0.49. Kick in, nostalgia!

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History is Cool


There are two ways to teach science, history and literature. And every teacher I ever had is doing it wrong.

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