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  • As subprime auto borrowers default, collection suits pile up in local courts (St. Louis)

    06/06/2016 3:08:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    St. louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 6-6-16 | Walker Moskop
    In August 2008, William Lesinski walked into a Car Credit City in Bridgeton and made a decision that would be far more expensive than he ever imagined. Wanting to buy his son a car as a high school graduation gift, Lesinski put $1,750 down and drove off the lot in a 2003 Ford Mustang. The loan for the car was $11,367, and it carried 29 percent annual interest over nearly four years. His son would make the payments, but the loan was in Lesinski’s name. After paying the balance down to a little more than $10,000, his son, who had...
  • The Latest Tea Party Scam Called From (202) 750-2399 (Actual Headline)

    12/22/2014 9:36:00 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 42 replies
    Redstate ^ | 12/22/2014 | Erick Erickson
    This phone number has called my home repeatedly for the past week. I have an unlisted phone number and am on the national do not call list, yet the calling continues. They called again right at 9 o’clock this morning to my unlisted, “do not call” number. The “do not call” part apparently does not apply to political and charitable calls. The caller ID says “Tea Party” and calls from (202) 750-2399. I figured I’d answer and see what was going on. A lady announces that she is calling on behalf of the tea party effort to support Sen. Rand...
  • Dave Says "Same as Cash," Same as Dumb

    02/20/2012 11:36:50 AM PST · by Altariel · 13 replies ^ | February 8, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, My wife and I bought some furniture a while back on what we thought was a 24-months-same-as-cash plan. The original purchase price was $1,600. The other day, I got a call from a collector saying that it was actually a 12-month plan, and the balance is now $2,800. We looked at the contract, and it was our mistake on the length of the plan. Still, that makes the interest rate about 30 percent. Is there anything we can do about this? Robert Dear Robert, This is one of the reasons I tell people to stay away from “same...
  • Why We’re Now Paying More For Generic Groceries

    02/09/2012 8:52:15 PM PST · by rawhide · 28 replies ^ | 2-2-12 | Martha C. White
    When the economy hit the skids a few years ago, we responded with tactics that have gotten us through previous recessions: We stopped eating out and traveling as much, curbed our discretionary spending and chose generic items for basics like groceries. But then something strange happened: We began to prefer many of those store brands. Increasingly, we’re willing to pay even more for them. What’s going on here? According to the Wall Street Journal, stores have raised the prices of private-label nonperishable food by 5.3%, compared to a 1.9% increase for goods made by national brands. Store-brand versions of perishable...
  • World's most expensive lemon? ($1.7 million car won't run)

    06/18/2006 5:18:35 PM PDT · by wjersey · 28 replies · 2,269+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/18/2006 | Staff
    The owner of a Los Angeles car dealership is suing Mercedes-Benz, its parent company DaimlerChrysler and other affiliates, alleging that a $1.7 million car purchased in 2004 wouldn't run for more than 10 blocks without problems. The car, a Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK-GTR Limited Edition Roadster, was supposed to be one of only five made. In the lawsuit, the owner of exotic car dealership Grand Prix Motors also alleges that six were actually made, reducing the value of his car. A two-door sports car, the CLK-GTR has a carbon fiber body and a 6.9-liter 12-cylinder engine enabling it to go from...
  • Got that synching feeling? Read my lips...(Union may force pop stars to admit they're lip-synching)

    02/04/2006 1:06:28 PM PST · by sully777 · 57 replies · 1,001+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/03/06 | By Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters) - After an infamous tiff between Elton John and Madonna over lip-synching, Britain's Musicians' Union has called on performers to come clean -- audiences should be told if they are miming rather than singing. The union is urging promoters, producers and artists to back its campaign for lip-synching to be clearly labeled during TV shows, in pop arenas and on stage. "Stand up and be honest about it. We won't knock you for using recordings," said union spokesman Keith Ames, wearied by the sight of bands with miming singers backed by guitarists going through the motions to a...
  • CA: State offers life raft for struggling first-time home buyers

    04/01/2005 7:46:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 870+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/1/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a state where half the houses for sale cost almost $500,000 and low income means a $95,000 salary in Marin County, the state's affordable housing bank is throwing a new life raft to residents struggling to buy their first homes. That's a fixed-rate, 35-year loan - an alternative to the mortgage industry's conventional 30-year loan - offering buyers interest-only payments the first five years. Though more costly in the long run, it's aimed at those who can't initially afford a full payment, and fear waiting until the state's housing market rises still higher, state housing officials...