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Emily’s list: World Television Day edition

Emily Crone

Believe it or not, today is World Television Day. The United
Nations General Assembly declared it to be so based on the fact that on this
day in 1996, the first World Television Forum was held. While much of the world
may not have the privilege of television, we Americans can’t live without our
weekly fix of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Daily Show.” In today’s weekly credit
card roundup, we celebrate wonderful, entertaining, mind-numbing television.


  1. If
    you’ve been watching television news, you’ll know that Somali pirates have
    been hijacking ships and demanding goods. Get Out of Debt ponders how many rewards points these pirates
    would rack up if they put all their booty on credit cards!
  2. Seeking Alpha tries to assess
    Disney’s hefty debt situation. With a recession going on (come on, can you
    really still deny it?), less people are visiting Disney theme parks and
    less people are watching Disney on cable TV.
  3. Green Panda
    explains how to fix
    mistakes on your credit report
    and how really to get your free credit
    report. While you probably have seen dozens of
    commercials on television of a guy working in a seafood restaurant or
    stuck living in a basement touting the free report you will get, forget
    about it — there are catches.
  4. You know how in sitcoms, in the last five minutes,
    there is always a touching lesson that explains the moral of the story? Free Money Finance has a blog post
    that reminds me of one of those warm and fuzzy moments. It’s about how
    important it is to think about how your financial decisions impact your
    with others. Will putting a $2,500 big-screen television on
    your credit card without asking your wife’s permission do you any good?
    Not so much.
  5. The Money
    teaches parents how to raise children
    with the mindset that knowledge is power. It’s OK to encourage the kids to
    surf the Internet or turn on the tube when it’s for the purpose of
    education. The “Suze Orman Show” would certainly provide some better life
    lessons than “Yo Gabba Gabba” (has anyone else seen the “Party in My
    Tummy” video?).
  6. Blogging
    discusses a new partnership
    between TiVo and Domino’s Pizza that will allow you to order a pizza simply
    by a click
    of your remote control. And I thought One-Click
    Shopping was a debt disaster waiting to happen … think about how easy it
    will be to rack up charges every time you see something on TV that looks
    good, and only need to click one button to attain it?
  7. These days, television commercials and even television
    show and movie editing come in short, fast bursts for the Adderall-ridden
    MTV generation. This lack of attention span spills over into other areas
    of our life, so The Simple Dollar
    explains how we can convert our short-term intensity on getting out of
    into long-term.
  8. Fire Finance shares four ways you can quickly build good credit.
    These are legitimate, unlike the get-rich-quick commercials
    you see on TV (such as the “Crazy like a fox” one).
  9. And last but not least, Blueprint for Financial Prosperity lists 100 great ideas for
    saving money on holidays
    this year. Following these tips will help you
    avoid racking up credit card debt, or at least as much as last year. One
    such tip includes shopping around for a new cable television plan.

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