September 15 roundup

Money pits, extended warranties, Dr. Doom’s latest warning and how to ease the pain of customer support calls

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On the heels of a healthy debate on Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s blog about the benefits of renting versus owning, WalletPop asks “why are houses such money pits?

• Being told that your call is very important does little to ease the rage one usually feels when trying to reach a company’s customer support line. According to Canadian Finance Blog, the best way to minimize the time spent with a CSR rep is to keep your cool.

Dr. Doom is at it again. New York University professor Nouriel Roubini tweeted that the U.S. is entering a recession, and that the question isn’t whether there will be a double-dip, but rather how deep it will be.

• Thinking of buying an extended warranty for you iPad? Think again.

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