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ATM Mini-Bank

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys,

ATM BankHere’s an original gift for a kid, mate, or anyone else that refuses to use a real ATM. Make a deposit of paper bills or coinage in the mini-bank, and it will keep track of your earnings. Of course there is a card with a PIN number so that you can withdraw when times get tough. At a size of 25.5 x 22 x 9cm, the ATM is recommended for ages of 8 and older. Pre-order for £24.99 (~$46.48) for an October release date.

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Mint, Refreshing Money Management

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech,

Mint pageNeed some help with your finances and find that your old system is outdated or to complicated? Try Mint, the free online finance wizard that can take all your checking, savings, and credit card accounts and keep track of what your are spending, create a budget, and let you know if you are overdrawn or have upcoming bills. It also tells you if your APRs are too high and will help you to find a better card. If you are not sure that Mint is safe to use, check out their security features.

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A Sanctuary for Unwanted Holiday Gift Cards

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Internet,

Outback Gift CardsThis appears to be the year of the Gift Card. If you received some that you don’t particularly want, you can always re-gift them or toss them in a drawer like an estimated 10 billion do. Or you can take them to Swapagift, an ingenious site where you can sell, trade, pay your bills, or donate them to your favorite charity. Registration is free and for $1.99 you can list each card with the monetary value or equal card you wish to receive. If you want to sell them outright to the site, you can receive up to 70% of their minimum balance to pay that overdue electric bill. Our kudos to a site that finally found a use for Vegans who ended up with a $100.00 credit for Outback Steakhouse.

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Give the Gift That Never Shuts Up

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Toys,

Gobble Money MonsterWe file this under what to give this Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanza to someone who irritates you no end. The Money Monster says over 20 obnoxious things when you feed it coins or bills such as:

  • “Money, money, in my tummy.”
  • “Mmm, it tastes so good!”
  • “Oh, yes, jingle, jingle, in my belly.”

Even better payback is that it often burps after a feeding and will harass passersby when it is neglected. At a size 7½ x 8¾ x 6-inches, it requires 3 AA batteries (included.) Choose between the pink MeMe and blue Gobble for $24.95 apiece.

(Thanks, Jennifer)

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