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Looking for birthday freebies?

As mentioned in today's Money Smart cover story, online deal site has a good discussion of freebies available on your birthday from restaurants and other retailers. Follow that discussion here.

Layaway makes a comeback online

Many retail stores have brought back layaway--the trusty, incremental payment method of old. And now it's available for online purchases, too.


Sites such as and serve as middlemen for companies such as the Apple Store and KitchenAid, allowing folks to pay for items a little bit at a time before taking possession of them.


The service was revived after credit card companies tightened up on personal credit and recession-battered consumers gave up credit cards altogether.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann