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April 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Sometimes it pays to take your own advice. A while back, I wrote about Hertz offering $5-a-day one-way car rentals starting in Arizona. It inspired me to plan a super-cheap spring road trip to ... well, I wasn't sure where. I just knew I wanted to take off and have fun without breaking the bank. By the time I was done, I had covered more than 3,400 miles in two weeks. Here's how I did it: I went to Hertz's website, where it took exactly five minutes to reserve a car at Tucson International Airport (TUS)
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August 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas deals aren't all about buffets. Casino-hotels often drop their room rates to ridiculously low prices for midweek stays and on weeks after holidays. New York-New York Hotel & Casino is offering room prices as low as $44 a night, which could make for a crazy cheap Vegas getaway.  The deal: Rooms on selected dates through February start at $44 a night plus an $18 daily resort fee and tax. The deal comes with two-for-one breakfast at the hotel's Il Fornaio restaurant, and other food and entertainment offers.
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BUSINESS
May 11, 1987
The reduction of half a point to 9% came as authorities sought to restrain a further rise in the value of the buoyant pound. The cuts in bank base rates are the fourth in nine weeks. The latest round was signaled by the Bank of England, the central bank, which shaved rates at which it operates in the money markets. Barclays Bank then cut its base rate, followed by other big commercial banks.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2011 | By Ameet Sachdev
A few months ago, Saman Jayasekara was shopping online for cheaper car insurance when he came across a new product from Progressive Corp. that offered him the chance to save as much as 30%. But there was a catch. He would have to install a device in his Hyundai Sonata that would monitor his driving habits, such as when he drove, miles driven and number of sudden stops. Progressive would analyze the data to determine whether he deserved a discount. The New Jersey software programmer enrolled, and after a month he received a 23% discount, which could save him hundreds of dollars a year.
NEWS
August 12, 1985
Meatpackers union officials recommended that 1,550 workers reject the final offer from Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in Austin, Minn. Their contract expired at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Workers are asking for $11.25 an hour, while the company is offering a base rate of $10 an hour, Jim Guyette, president of Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, said. The labor action would not affect Hormel plants in other states. A strike vote will be taken Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER
Due to the whims of inflation and landfill fees, garbage collection rates in Moorpark may go up in the new year. The City Council tonight will discuss raising trash fees for homes and businesses as part of the city's annual review of garbage collection rates. This year, city staff members have recommended a rate hike to cover increases in landfill fees and the consumer price index, which measures inflation. The monthly base rate for single-family homes would climb from $15.10 to $17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2001
Re "State Barely Escapes Day of Blackouts," Jan. 12: It's inconceivable that this great progressive state that is the envy of the world could allow this man-made crisis to occur. Natural disasters will occur, and we respond with great speed and resources. Our state has the most informed and talented populace in the U.S. Yet here we find ourselves with a debacle. Gov. Gray Davis needs to take a few lessons from former President Harry Truman: "The buck stops here." For once, forget about the votes and do what is right.
NEWS
August 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas deals aren't all about buffets. Casino-hotels often drop their room rates to ridiculously low prices for midweek stays and on weeks after holidays. New York-New York Hotel & Casino is offering room prices as low as $44 a night, which could make for a crazy cheap Vegas getaway.  The deal: Rooms on selected dates through February start at $44 a night plus an $18 daily resort fee and tax. The deal comes with two-for-one breakfast at the hotel's Il Fornaio restaurant, and other food and entertainment offers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2001
The latest bill from Edison has a base rate of 13 cents per kilowatt-hour and a top rate of 25.993 cents/kwh. That clicking sound you hear is the lights going off at every large power-consuming business in California. The government can nationalize the power plants and dictate fair rates, or it can wring its hands, continue with the lies and watch the bottom fall out of the economy. Dress the lies up any way it can, but there is no "faking" the amount of the check we have to send the power companies each month--it now exceeds our property taxes and is almost one-half the mortgage payment!
NEWS
December 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Auto Europe is offering rental cars in Ireland for daily rates that start at less than the cost of a movie ticket. Pay a base rate of $7.50 a day for a weekly rental and get unlimited mileage to tour the countryside. The deal: The lowest rate covers an economy car with manual transmission and is based on a week's rental. Car-rental pickups are arranged through local suppliers at the airport, train station and other locations. When: The offer is good from Saturday through April 20 with some blackout dates.
NEWS
May 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For those who want summer vacation to start soon, Terry Flynn Tours has a self-guided driving tour of Ireland starting at $430 a person for travel now through the end of June. The package includes six nights at bed-and-breakfast inns, a rental car and a customized itinerary of wherever you want to go -- but you must book by Tuesday. The deal: The Magical Ireland package comes with nice extras at a nice low price. With this package, you can pretty much keep land costs below $100 a day,  excluding auto insurance, gas (or petrol, as they say)
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
When director Tom McCarthy went on a 15-city tour this spring promoting his film "Win Win," parents at every stop asked him the same question: Why is your lovely little movie rated R? The Fox Searchlight picture, which played on nearly 400 screens last week, is a quirky comedy with a moral message quietly stashed inside its portrait of a suburban lawyer, played by Paul Giamatti, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach and finds himself dealing with both a teen runaway and a legal shortcut gone wrong.
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Sometimes it pays to take your own advice. A while back, I wrote about Hertz offering $5-a-day one-way car rentals starting in Arizona. It inspired me to plan a super-cheap spring road trip to ... well, I wasn't sure where. I just knew I wanted to take off and have fun without breaking the bank. By the time I was done, I had covered more than 3,400 miles in two weeks. Here's how I did it: I went to Hertz's website, where it took exactly five minutes to reserve a car at Tucson International Airport (TUS)
NEWS
December 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Auto Europe is offering rental cars in Ireland for daily rates that start at less than the cost of a movie ticket. Pay a base rate of $7.50 a day for a weekly rental and get unlimited mileage to tour the countryside. The deal: The lowest rate covers an economy car with manual transmission and is based on a week's rental. Car-rental pickups are arranged through local suppliers at the airport, train station and other locations. When: The offer is good from Saturday through April 20 with some blackout dates.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California motorists who spend little time on the road could pay significantly lower insurance premiums with new "pay-as-you-drive" auto policies starting in February. To be offered first by California insurance giants State Farm Mutual and the Auto Club of Southern California, the new policies are designed to provide an incentive and reward for drivers who drive less. Other insurers are expected to follow. Under State Farm's plan, customers would provide their vehicle's actual mileage at the time they sign up for the program or they could automatically transmit their mileage if they have the OnStar computer-communication system in their General Motors Co. vehicle.
TRAVEL
November 9, 2008 | Jane Engle, Engle is a Times staff writer.
Nonrefundable airfares make unwelcome travel companions that I tolerate only because they save me hundreds of dollars. And at least with most cruises and tours, thanks to deposit schedules, I lose my stake gradually. Not so with nonrefundable hotel rates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2001
Re "PUC May Cede Control Over Electricity Rates," July 19: How can rates possibly go up any more without the people of California uniting into one screaming mass of angry citizens? My bill this month was $355, and I only run the air conditioner six hours a day. This is about double what it has been since we moved into this house, and when I called Edison to dispute the bill, the representative told me that since we didn't live here last year, my baseline was established using my March usage.
NEWS
May 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For those who want summer vacation to start soon, Terry Flynn Tours has a self-guided driving tour of Ireland starting at $430 a person for travel now through the end of June. The package includes six nights at bed-and-breakfast inns, a rental car and a customized itinerary of wherever you want to go -- but you must book by Tuesday. The deal: The Magical Ireland package comes with nice extras at a nice low price. With this package, you can pretty much keep land costs below $100 a day,  excluding auto insurance, gas (or petrol, as they say)
OPINION
August 29, 2008
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner this week announced such a simple, brilliant, universally beneficial plan that it's astounding no one ever thought of it before: allowing drivers to buy auto insurance policies with annual premiums based on the number of miles they drive. Oh, wait. Somebody did think of it before. In fact, economists have been urging states to enable pay-as-you-drive insurance policies for decades because they could save billions of dollars, reduce traffic congestion and accidents, slash pollution, cut gasoline use and fight global warming.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2002 | LIZ SKINNER, BLOOMBERG NEWS
Energy regulators rejected a request by the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine that they revoke the rights of power suppliers in the western U.S. to charge market rates and require sales based on costs. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the petition by the Consumers Union of the United States, which claimed western power prices during the first half of 2001 were "far above what is reasonable" to encourage the building of new power plants, was moot.
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