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Disney Raises Prices of Park Tickets

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Consistent with past years, Walt Disney Company announced on Sunday that admission prices will be going up at both Disneyland and Disney World.  Yearly increases are part of an effort to reduce crowd sizes at parks and help shorten wait times for rides.

We will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives them a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit.” – Kim Prunty (spokeswoman for Disney)

Here is the breakdown of this price raise:

Disneyland (California)

  • Value ticket – From $97 (did not change)
  • Regular ticket – From $117 ($7 increase)
  • Peak ticket – From $135 ($11 increase)

Disney World (Florida)

  • Value ticket – From $109 for adults, $103 for children ($2 increase)
  • Regular ticket – From $119 for adults, $113 for children ($4 increase)
  • Peak ticket – From $129 for adults, $123 for children ($5 increase)

What do you think about the price increases?

L.L. Bean Dropping Unlimited Returns Policy

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L.L. Bean has recently announced that it will no longer be offering its generous 100% satisfaction guarantee return policy.

Returns will now only be accepted for one year and with proof of purchase.  It will, however, continue to replace products for manufacturing defects.  The company will also now require a $50 minimum purchase for free shipping.

This is due to growing abuse and fraud of the policy.

The numbers are staggering,” CEO Steve Smith told The Associated Press. “It’s not sustainable from a business perspective. It’s not reasonable. And it’s not fair to our customers.”

Weight Watchers: Free Memberships For Teens

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Weight Watchers announced earlier this week that they will be offering teenagers (ages 13-17) free memberships for six weeks this summer to “help the development of healthy habits at a critical life stage”.  The company aims to grow its revenue to more than $2 billion by 2020.

Best Buy To Stop Selling CDs

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Billboard has recently reported that Best Buy plans to stop selling CDs in their stores by July 1st.  Target could be next in line to do so.

[Read more at Billboard.com]

Do you still purchase CDs? Comment below

What Victor Cruz Did With His First Paycheck

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Many professional athletes like to spurge or go on spending sprees when they receive their first big paycheck. However, Victor Cruz took a more conservative approach, by putting his first big paycheck into a savings account and not spending any of it.

That first check was probably the largest check I’ve ever seen with my own eyes at that time, so I saved it. I wanted to make sure that this isn’t the last check that I receive. I wanted to make sure every check from here on out I saved and multiplied.
With help from an advisor, he vowed to stay on track financially throughout his seven year NFL career by understanding what was happening with his money.  Victor made sure that he always thought about the future and how he can make his money last.

It’s not about the right now. It’s about the longevity and making sure that your finances are taking care of you not just right now, but forever.  And making that money last for yourself, for your family and for the people that you care about.

[Read more here from CNBC]

Mom Charges Her 5-Year-Old “Rent”

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What do you think?  Smart or over the top?

Increased USPS Prices for 2018 (Starting 1/21/2018)

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It has been recently announced that starting January 21st, 2018, the price of First-Class Forever Mail Stamps will increase from 49¢ per stamp to 50¢ per stamp.  The price of domestic post cards will also increase by a penny:

Product

Current

Proposed

Letters (1 oz.)

49 cents

50 cents

Letters additional ounces

21 cents

21 cents

Letters (metered)

46 cents

47 cents

Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)

$1.15

$1.15

Domestic Postcards

34 cents

35 cents

Do you sell on eBay?  Here are some other USPS price increases for 2018 to be aware of:

Class of Service 2017 Avg USPS Retail Rate 2018 Avg USPS Retail Rate 2018 Avg eBay label rate (eTRS) 2018 Avg eBay label rate (non-eTRS)
First Class Package Service® $ 3.64 $ 4.05 $ 3.12 $ 3.12
Priority Mail® $ 10.40 $ 10.53 $ 9.06 $ 9.32
Priority Mail Express® $ 31.15 $ 32.34 $ 27.80 $ 28.65
First Class Package International Service® $ 16.60 $ 17.25 $ 14.76 $ 16.39
Priority Mail International® $ 54.03 $ 56.13 $ 46.91 $ 53.32
Priority Mail Express International™ $ 67.18 $ 69.80 $ 53.05 $ 66.31

 

Heating Bills Likely To Be Higher This Winter

 

Just a heads up → According to National Grid, your heating bills are likely to go up this winter by roughly 4.6%.

A spokesman for National Grid says that the cost of gas is solely responsible for the rate increases and that costs could fluctuate based on the weather and customer usage

Read more on Syracuse.com here

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