Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Still searching for that perfect Valentine's Day gift? 75-percent of women would like a special dinner with their loved one rather than the traditional flowers or candy. In addition, 55-percent would enjoy the gift of a spa treatment. More than two thirds say they'd prefer something they would use on a regular basis -- like a vacuum cleaner. Yes, nothing says "Love" like an appliance. My wife would always tell me to never give her a gift for Valentines or Anniversary that comes with an electrical cord.
The West Michigan Whitecaps announced Tuesday morning its Top food item ideas for the upcoming season.
What would you most likely eat if it were on the Whitecaps menu?
Chili Mac Tacos -- Creamy mac and cheese smothered in chili, then loaded into a hard taco shell for grins.
Declaration of Indigestion -- This half-pound, footlong hot dog is covered in a Philly cheese steak (steak, cheese, peppers and onions) and served on a gigantic sub roll. I want want one NOW!
Idaho Christmas Tree -- The kids will love this: This is a batter-dipped hot dog rolled in French fries and deep fried to create the perfect limbed link on stick.
The Pink Panther -- Take a hot dog bun, slather it in icing and fill it with pink cotton candy, then possibly drizzle some root beer syrup over the top for good measure. It’s the ultimate dessert dog.
Twinkie Cheese Dog -- In the "Are you serious" category: This is a hot dog laid in a Twinkie, covered in cheese.
The cash-for-clunkers incentives moved a lot of cars off dealership lots last summer. Now appliance dealers hope to boost sales with a new twist on the incentive.
Starting Wednesday, Michigan shoppers are in line for $25 to $100 in rebates when they replace their old appliances with energy-efficient models -- but only for a limited time.
Michigan has $6.6 million in federal funds to finance the rebates for dishwashers, clothes washers and refrigerators and another $2.2 million for propane and solar water heaters and propane and oil furnaces.
The rebates, meant to stimulate the economy and lower fuel use, will only continue until money runs out. No one is sure how long that will be.
Consumers should register online at mirebates.com or michrebate.com or by phone, either before or after their purchase.
After filling out the rebate form, they should mail that with the receipt to the state, which will mail back a prepaid VISA card.
How big is the rebate?
• $25 for dishwashers with an Energy Star rating
• $50 for dishwasher with a Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 2 rating
• $50 for clothes washers with a CEE Tier 3 rating
• $50 for Energy Star refrigerators
• $100 for CEE Tier 3 refrigerators
• $35 for some water heaters
Posted by Troy at 1:27 PM