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Emily’s list: Newspaper carrier edition

Emily Crone

If you’re like me, you’re already daydreaming of all of the wonderful and relaxing things you’ll do on Monday when you have the day off for Labor Day. But don’t be hasty; today is a holiday, too: It’s Newspaper Carrier Day.

Newspaper Carrier Day

What? You haven’t heard of it? It celebrates the hiring of Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier or paperboy. He was hired in 1833 by New York Sun publisher Benjamin Day. The holiday is meant to honor Flaherty and all other newspaper carriers in America.

Newspapers have been on the decline ever since Al Gore invented the Internet, and now any goof can post whatever they want online and call it news. Fortunately, the Web is also filled with legitimate news sources, and nearly all newspapers now have an online edition that can publish breaking news the moment it happens. We still have newspaper carriers (or throwers from a truck), but there may be a day when we don’t. Until then, let’s thank them for bringing us the news, Sunday comics and coupons.

You can get your weekly fix of personal finance news by reading the following posts from some of my favorite bloggers about credit and debt.

1. Mrs. Micah discusses the advantages and disadvantages of allowing teenagers to use prepaid debit cards.

2. Frugal Dad outlines five ways you can stay out of debt when you are unemployed.

3. Prime Time Money explains the ins and outs of effectively using 0 percent balance transfer credit cards.

4. My Two Dollars explains why he thinks paying off your low-balance debt first can be the most rewarding.

5. Master Your Card discusses the findings of a new survey that gauges customer satisfaction with credit cards.

6. Gather Little by Little suggests ways you can enjoy a date night without spending a fortune.

7. Being Frugal lists five steps you can follow to pay off your credit card debt.

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