How Many Customers Does a McDonald's Serve Per Day?

May 21, 2015

The average McDonald's restaurant serves 1,916 customers every day according to the McDonald's website. McDonald's has been struggling recently with average store revenue down an expected 1% this year.  This revenue reduction is because 15 fewer customers are coming into each McDonald's restaurant every day.  15 x 36,000 X 365 really adds up.  

Where McDonald's is not struggling is Australia.  Their down-under restaurants have a completely different vibe, with meals being brought to tables on wood planks, beer being served, fresh food bars, customized kiosk ordering...not to mention a modern feel.  Have a look for yourself here and here, it's unrecognizable.  Why McDonald's doesn't transform their stores worldwide to this concept is beyond me.

Disclosure:  Long MCD

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Cheap Smoking Loon Wine at Kroger Stores

May 20, 2015
I'm assuming this deal is good at all Kroger family stores, since I found it at my local Fry's and they usually cross-promote...Smoking Loon wine normally sells for $9.99/bottle.  Right now, it's selling for just $6.49/bottle.  There are two additional promotions that cut the price to almost $3/bottle.

If you buy 6+ bottles, Fry's is taking 25% off the price (normal deal is 10% off), so now the price is $4.87/bottle.  Also, Smoking Loon has a $10 off your grocery bill promotion if you buy 6+ ...
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Deals I Like - April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015
  1. If you live in Arizona, download the Circle K app.  They give away a food or drink item after every Diamondback home game, the freebie depends on how many times the other team struck out.  
  2. Receive 1,000 American Airline frequent flyer miles for watching six short (1-2 minutes) videos and answering an obvious question at the end of each one.  
  3. People Speak 3 and People Speak 5, Kindle edition,for free.  If you enjoy listening to people tell their story, you will love these books.  
  4. Free paper, s...

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Class Action Lawsuits - April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015
Here are some recent class-action lawsuits you may be eligible for:
  1. Kettle Brand Chips - Settlement in regard to Diamond Foods making claims that their Kettle Brand product is natural. You can claim up to 10 bags for $1 each without proof of purchase.  Time to complete:  5 minutes.
  2. PlayStation Vita console - If you purchased one of these before June 1, 2012, you can receive $25 or $50 in credit. You need a receipt or UPC panel to submit.
  3. Lifetime Fitness - If you received a text message from Lif...

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Deals I Like - April 14, 2015

April 15, 2015
Lots of freebies on tax day, plus a few others for you to consider:
  1. Free coffee on April 16 at Wawa
  2. Game of Thrones 4 E-Book set for just 99 cents
  3. $1 short stack of pancakes over at IHOP on 4/15
  4. Great American Cookie - Free Sugar Cookie on 4/15
  5. PF Chang's 15% off on 4/15
  6. Boston Market BOGO on 4/15
  7. Staples free paper, shredding 10%, off shipping/mailing and 40% off any shipping supplies
  8. Free 24-pack of AA or AAA batteries with $4.99+ purchase at Harbor Freight.  This place is always giving away stuff ...

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Free Pet Treats

April 2, 2015
Petco is now emailing coupons for free treats on your pet's birthday.  If you have a Petco account, sign-in and click on "My Account" in the upper left.  Then choose "Pet Profile" from the "My Profile" menu and fill in the requisite information. This is a brand new program so I'm not sure what they're giving away just yet but I know three dogs that are excited to find out.

(It's my birthday Dad!)

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Are You Missing Money?

March 26, 2015
Every year in January I go to the website MissingMoney and search for MY money that wasn't delivered to me for one reason or another.  What happens is a bank, utility or some random business owes me money but it didn't get to me for one reason or another (often due to a changed address).  Those businesses don't get to keep your money, they are required by law to turn your funds into each state's Treasury.  At that point, your money just sits there until you, or your heirs, put in a claim for ...
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Class Action Lawsuits - March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015
Here are quite a few class actions you may be eligible for. 
  1. Kirin Beer - Lawsuit claims Anheuser-Busch deceived consumers into thinking this beer was made in Japan.  Withut proof of purchase, you can claim up to $12 per household.  Time to complete:  30 seconds. 
  2. LinkedIn Premium Users - Up to $50 for Linked-In premium users.  Lawsuit claims LinkedIn did not adequately safeguard passwords and personal information.  Time to complete:  30 seconds.
  3. Arm & Hammer deodorant - This class actions stems...

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Deals I Like - March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015
  1. Free 1,000 Club Carlson (Radisson) points just for following them on twitter.  
  2. Logitech M185 wireless mouse for $8.99 @ BestBuy.  This mouse has a high rating over at Amazon.  
  3. $50 off $100 over at Neiman Marcus when you use Visa Checkout (select it when you're checking out instead of signing in).  This will work on most items but not all.
  4. If you need tires, you're in luck, Discount Tire is offering $100 off $400 + purchases, in addition to any manufacturer rebates. Of course, I bought tires fr...

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Pay Down the Mortgage or Invest the Money?

March 8, 2015
A question that comes up fairly regularly is what to do with a windfall?  Pay down the mortgage or invest the money. Lets say you're 40-something, have $300,000 left on your mortgage and you have $125,000 saved in various retirement accounts and you just inherited $100,000.  

I'd first recommend you max out your qualified retirement accounts (401k, IRAs, spouse IRAs).  From there it really depends on the individual and their personal psychological interpretation of risk and how capable they ar...
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