December 25, 2012 |
Inside the grubby brown paper lunch bag was a red leather Gucci wallet that contained a checkbook, credit cards, a $50 check to a church, a St. Joseph holy card and a $2,500 payroll check. "I thought someone might need this to make their mortgage payment," Ernie said as he handed me the bag with its unlikely contents. The irony is that Ernie is a homeless man who sleeps on the streets of skid row and he was worried about the checkbook owners, who had a house in fashionable La Cañada.
December 16, 2012
London in winter may be chilly, but the airfare savings on a cold-season trip can warm your heart and your wallet. You can fly round-trip from LAX to Heathrow on Air New Zealand for $828, including all taxes and fees, departing Mondays-Thursdays from Jan. 14 to March 19. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 14; you must stay over at least a Saturday night but may not stay more than a year. Info: Air New Zealand , (800) 262-1234 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
November 22, 2012 |
A recent survey indicated that consumer confidence is at a five-year high, and Thursday night you could see signs of that optimism at the Target store at the Glendale Galleria, which was packed with customers in search of Black Friday deals. While more than 750 people waited their turn to get in, customers talked about signs of improvement in their personal finances. "This year is better than last year," said Natalio Perez, a 47-year-old Glendale resident. This year, he said, he's buying an extra, larger TV to replace a smaller one. Business at his small construction company is up about 60%, he said.
October 5, 2012 |
The NHL on Thursday used its most potent hammer and ensured locked-out players will lose at least one paycheck when it canceled a segment of the regular-season schedule from the Oct. 11 openers through Oct. 24. The action was the next step following its postponement of training camp and cancellation of exhibition games. But players aren't paid during camp and were scheduled to get their first checks Oct. 15. That may be the first of many missed paydays because the league and the players' union have been unable to conduct sustained negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
September 10, 2012 |
Are Americans falling out of love with their credit cards again? Consumer borrowing unexpectedly fell $3.3 billion in July, driven entirely by a drop in revolving credit, the category that includes purchases made with plastic, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Monday. The decline was a big surprise - estimates in a Bloomberg survey of 37 economists had been for gains of $5 billion to $15 billion. It follows some conflicting reports on consumer confidence, underscoring the slow pace of the economic recovery.
August 28, 2012 |
Apple and Google appear to be headed toward a new fight, this one involving mobile wallets. Earlier this week, pictures surfaced of a chip located toward the top of what appear to be parts for the next iPhone. Many believe this chip is for Near-Field Communication technology - or NFC - which allows phones to connect in close range using radio communications. An example of what NFC can be used for is mobile payments, which Google already does with its Google Wallet service.
August 26, 2012
More pleasures in Petaluma Regarding "A Gem Hidden in Plain Sight," by Avital Andrews, Aug. 5: Guys, you missed the Petaluma Cheese Factory - a must in Petaluma. Rich Fischbeck Irvine :: Thanks for including Della Fattoria in Petaluma. While visiting family in the Bay Area, we stopped at the restaurant for lunch. The food was fabulous. My mother and I enjoyed the best BLTs we'd ever had. My sister-in-law loved her veggie piadina and was happy to see a number of vegetarian dishes on the menu.
August 24, 2012 |
Here is today's Consumer Confidential segment from KTLA. Topped things off with latest word from the feds on food prices (they're going up). Also looked at how people are taking pay cuts to land new jobs, and the average $15(!) weekly allowance kids now receive.
August 15, 2012 |
Items stole from Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home last month included expensive jewelry, various Apple products - and, possibly, an unreleased Apple device The home of the late Apple co-founder and his surviving family was broken into last month while unoccupied due to construction. The thief was apparently unaware whose home he'd entered, according to authorities who said he stole $60,000 worth of items. Among those items were iMac and Mac mini computers, three iPads, two iPhones, three iPods and an Apple TV. The San Jose Mercury News also says a "small 'demo-sized' MacBook" was stolen too, which sounds like an unreleased Apple device.