I just got $80 off DirecTV because of the Viacom kerfuffle. As you may know, Viacom pulled its channels off DirecTV, while they try to hash out a deal. That ain’t my problem! A quick call to DirecTV’s Customer Retention department to complain yielded an $80 credit. That is on top of the $43/month in savings I already get. Call DirecTV now, before they make nicey-nice with Viacom.
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You can benefit GREATLY, as I have, doing as little as you want. I am happy to help!
Airline: American, American Biz, Delta, Delta Biz, US Airways, AeroMexico, Korean Air, LAN, Luftansa, Virgin America
Hotel & Misc Travel: Hilton, Starwood Personal and Starwood Business
Cash Back: Citi Dividend Platinum Visa, Discover it, Fidelity Amex
I wanna recap some 2011 Highlights: My father passed away. Wait, what? Allow me to rephrase. My pappy passed away in 2011, but we had his financial world in order. It was free to do his “Estate Planning”. That is something most every adult should do. It’s a New Year. Whaddyasay you bang it out? Don’t cost nuthin’. When all was said and done, we saved my dad’s estate, and thereby me and my siblings, $14,000.
My videos “Mother May I… Avoid Probate – Part One”, “Part Two” and “Part Three” will tell you what you need to know to save your heirs thousands. You also might wanna check out the video of my pappy in healthier days karaoke-ing “Chantilly Lace”.
Your heirs will thank you for it. And you’ll look pretty smart from the grave!
SAG tip: Hey “Show-Folk”. You can thank Reader Rona for this. Flash your Screen Actors Guild card for discounts at a slew of places. Some eye-catchers: 20% off Burke Williams Spas, 15% off AT&T and 20% off Restaurants – including the top-heavy, orange-shorted fine dining establishment Hooters!! Sign in to SAG.org then click here to see the offers.
The City tip: This is a reminder that if you received money via 1099 (not W2 income), The City of Los Angeles wants a taste. You can have up to $300K in 1099 earnings and have all of that money avoid the tax via the Creative Artists Exemption. Here’s the catch: You have to sign up for it every year to get it every year. Otherwise, you owe this tax!! Being Leap Year, you have through February 29th to register. Watch my video about it from last year:
Click here to read more about the $300K Creative Artists Exemption or talk to your accountant.
> Apply for Continental’s card or apply for United’s card & get 30,000 free miles (enough for a free round trip ticket) with just one purchase (any amount). With either of these cards:
1. sign up for their card (25K miles)
2. add an authorized user’s name only (5K miles)
3. make one purchase (no minimum – well, at least a penny)
4. no annual fee the first year
> Transfer miles between United & Continental
> Read how your Continental miles will become United miles
> See Kevin Kataoka at The San Francisco Punchline on New Year’s Eve
> Check out Karen Anderson’s funny blog