That Makes Me Stabby

That Makes Me Stabby: Resort Fees

This weekend, my husband and I went to Las Vegas and encountered the most ridiculous resort fee ever. My only previous encounter with a resort fee occurred at an actual resort and included “resort” items like two free bottles of water per day (useful at a Disney resort), towel service at the pool, and similar amenities. The fee was still somewhat ridiculous, but at least it provided something…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Credit Card Debt Forgiveness

In case you haven’t heard, a consumer group and financial services group requested that credit card issuers be allowed to forgive some of the debt of credit card holders. What? Are you kidding me? I could maybe get behind the new foreclosure plan that doesn’t actually forgive principal balances, because some people were genuinely defrauded by mortgage brokers, but no one was forced to use a credit card! Why…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Overtaxing the Rich

I saw an interesting story on CNNMoney about the recent trend toward taxing the rich to pay for government programs, both major and minor. I was already a bit stabby about the “tax them if they make more than $250,000″ mantra, and now I’m even stabbier. If you want to see me “defend the rich,” keep reading. If not, then feel free to yell at me in the comments starting now. Is…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Black Friday Violence

I haven’t been stabby for a few weeks, but here we go! As I said last week, I am not a fan of Black Friday. I also found it interesting to discover this morning that Black Friday wasn’t that big a deal as little as 10 years ago.  Now thanks to greed, corporate and otherwise, it has become a sad symbol of our culture. It’s time for the madness to end –…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Threats from Credit Card Issuers

Once again, the banking lobbyists are coming out against the new credit card rules passed by the Senate yesterday and likely to become law next week. These are only slight modifications of the new rules set to go into effect next year, but the banks and credit card issuers are once again trotting out their threats to try to scare Congress into not passing the bill. Silly banks – your…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Unrequested Email Mailing Lists

Recently I’ve been buying a lot of baby stuff online, which means I’ve been added to several email mailing lists. Some of them I asked to be added to. The rest added me without asking me when I bought something. Online Buyers Aren’t Always Your Target Market It drives me nuts. Ask me when I checkout if I want to get your email pitches. Don’t just assume that…
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That Makes Me Stabby: College Tuition Hikes

My cousin recently went on her college tour and she looked at my old school. When I learned what they now charge for tuition, I was shocked and angry. In fact, I was stabby, for the first time in almost three months! I went to a good school, and enjoyed my time there, but it is simply not worth what they’re charging anymore. The education was good, but not…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Gifts=Love

As each holiday season rolls around, people start talking about gifts as expressions of love. To some extent, yes, you should try to buy thoughtful gifts for the people you love. I think choosing gifts carefully shows that you really know the person and their interests. However, I start to get stabby when I hear people, especially parents and spouses, explaining that they have to buy a really expensive gift…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Medical Bills

Yesterday, I received a medical bill that is a perfect example of what is wrong with health care costs in this country. Several weeks ago I had an ultrasound as part of prenatal testing. The ultrasound was performed in a perinatologist’s office on one of their high-tech ultrasound machines. The scan took about 20 minutes, and was performed by a sonographer. The bill for that portion was $378.…
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That Makes Me Stabby: The Handbag as Investment

When the economy was humming along, fashion magazines liked to tout high-priced accessories like shoes and handbags, or even whole outfits, as “investment pieces.” I don’t care how rare or expensive a piece of clothing is, it’s not an investment. It will likely not increase in value over time. The mere suggestion that it will makes me stabby. What makes me even more stabby is that some designers are…
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