The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

What's Hot


2 Types of Black Marks Might Vanish From Your Credit File SoonBorrow

6 Ways the Obamacare Overhaul Might Impact Your WalletInsurance

7 Dumb and Costly Moves Homebuyers MakeBorrow

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Obamacare Replacement Plan Gets ‘F’ Rating from Consumer ReportsFamily

Beware These 12 Common Money MistakesCredit & Debt

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less MoneySave

House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage MistakesBorrow

30 Household Uses for Baby OilSave

25 Ways to Spend Less on FoodMore

Nearly Half of Heart-Related Deaths Linked to These 10 Foods and IngredientsFamily

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercising Outdoors in WinterFamily

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum WageSave

Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 MovesCredit & Debt

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years EarlierBorrow

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

The True Cost of Bad CreditCredit & Debt

10 Companies With the Best 401(k) PlansGrow

This Scam Now Tops ID Theft as the No. 2 Consumer ComplaintFamily

6 Stores With Awesome Reward ProgramsFamily

6 Ways to Save More at Lowe’s and The Home DepotSave

6 Healthful Treats for Your DogFamily

New Study Ranks the Best States in the U.S.Family

Thousands of Millionaires Moving to 1 Country — and Leaving AnotherGrow

Strapped for College Costs? How to Get the Most From FAFSABorrow

6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-AFamily

Ask Stacy: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay Off My Mortgage?Borrow

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

8 Ways to Get a Good Price on a Shiny New AutoCars

Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?Credit & Debt

Secret Cell Plans: Savings Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Don’t Want You to Know AboutFamily

30 Awesome Things to Do in RetirementCollege

14 Super Smart Ways to Save on TravelSave

The Rich Prefer Modest Cars — Should You Join Them?Cars

You’ll Soon Pay More to Shop at CostcoSave

10 Ways to Save When Your Teen Starts DrivingFamily

Here are some interesting and amusing developments from the past week that aren’t exactly news, but might make you smile.

1. Japanese lab invents Internet kissing machine

There’s a fine line between funny and creepy: The Japanese have invented a device that, when you kiss it, sends a signal to another device and waggles a straw-like piece of plastic – so you can actually “kiss” someone you’re chatting with online.  Just what we needed. Let’s just hope any future mechanical passion communication devices stop at first base.

2. Some hotels don’t live up to online hype, disappointed guests say

Did we really need a USA Today investigation of online hotel deals to tell us, “Photos and marketing information do not accurately portray the hotels and lead to disappointing stays”?  Still, it’s worth reading to see the hotels apologize for their blatant and amusing lies. No word on when the investigation of online dating sites begins.

3. Cellphone ‘pocket dials’ 911, NY suspects caught

This week’s example of crime doesn’t pay: Three thieves planning a heist got caught when one of them accidentally sat on his phone and “pocket dialed” 911 – and the dispatcher heard the whole thing. In fact, the phone was still on when a patrol car was sent to the scene and pulled up to the parked car.  “The dispatcher then heard the driver being asked for his license and registration,” The Associated Press reported. The men were arrested.

4. Coffee, sex, blowing nose may increase risk of a stroke, dutch study finds

Apparently, almost anything can kill you these days. If you’re at risk for a brain aneurysm – a rupture of a weakened blood vessels in the brain – then don’t drink coffee, have rigorous sex, or even blow your nose too hard. Oh, and “treating constipation may reduce the risk of a hemorrhage,” Bloomberg reported.

4. ‘Hillbillies” Elly May hooten mad at Mattel

The woman who played Elly May on all 247 episodes of the 1962-1971 sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies” is suing Mattel for selling a Barbie doll in her likeness. “The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a court order barring Mattel from using her ‘name, likeness, image and distinctive attributes,'” MSNBC reported.  No comment from the Jethro Doll.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: Costco Releases Dozens of New Deals

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 2,044 more deals!