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Post Offices Open Late/Until Midnight on Tax Day?

Is your local Post Office open late on April 18? Does the Post Office offer extended hours and/or a midnight pickup on Tax Day? Don’t count on it!

Gone are the days when workers stood outside Post Offices with mail sacks, collecting last-minute tax returns up to the 12:00AM midnight Tax Day deadline. This year, many Post Offices have normal hours of operation on April 18. Notice I did not say April 15 as expected. Thanks to Emancipation Day, a Washington D.C. holiday, you will have 3 extra days to file your taxes this year.

According to the IRS, most taxpayers now file their returns electronically. So, there isn’t nearly as big of a need for Post Offices to stay open late on Tax Day as there used to be. Factor in the recent budget-cutting measures which are closing locations and cutting hours and you can understand why most Post Offices are no longer open late or until midnight on Tax Day.

Best advice? File your tax return electronically. If that’s not possible, be sure to get to the Post Office during their regular business hours. If all else fails and you’re not going to make it by closing time, search online for a Post Office that has extended hours on April 18. Some Post Offices are still open late on Tax Day, but that number drops every year.

Be sure not to miss that deadline! For 2017, federal and most state income taxes are due on Monday, April 18. When you have finished and filed your taxes, be sure to take advantage of the Tax Day freebies and special deals being offered by stores and restaurants. You’ll find them all right here on

Baltimore Stores Malls Restaurants Closed Due to Riots

As a result of the Baltimore riots and related looting, several businesses are closed today (4/28.) If you are planning on shopping or dining out in the Baltimore area, be sure to call ahead to confirm open/closed status of your favorite stores, shopping malls, and restaurants.

Baltimore is currently under a state of emergency. Schools are closed. A curfew has been imposed from 10:00PM-5:00AM. Yesterday’s Baltimore Orioles game vs the White Sox was postponed. Status of today’s game has yet to be announced. Expect more businesses to close if the riots and looting continues.

National Cheeseburger Day Deals

Today is National Cheeseburger Day! What does this mean to you? Cheap cheeseburgers at many restaurants! Here’s a quick list of cheeseburger deals being offered today:

APPLEBEES: $6.00 Classic Cheeseburgers in select markets. No coupon or promo code required.

BAILEY’S SPORTS GRILLE/FOX & HOUND SPORTS TAVERN: $5.00 Cheesburgers. Use this coupon to get the deal or show the barcode on your phone.

HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS: $4.99 Cheeseburgers. No coupon or promo code required.

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE: $5.00 Cheeseburgers. Use this Facebook link & coupon to get the deal.

MAX & ERMA’S: $5.00 Erma Size Burgers or $6.00 Max Size Burgers available from 4:00-8:00PM. Endless fries are included with both. No coupon or promo code required.

RUBY TUESDAY: FREE cheeseburger to every So Connected club member who also purchases an adult entrée. Value of free cheeseburger up to $9.00. You must be a member and present a valid code (sent to you via e-mail) to take advantage of this offer.

All of these offers are available only on National Cheeseburger Day: Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Stores & Restaurants Closed Due to Cold Weather

If you live in the northern states, you are no doubt aware of the record low temperatures in your area. Because of the cold, a growing number of stores and restaurants in several states have decided to reduce hours of operation or remain closed until these extreme temperatures have subsided.

In addition to stores and restaurants, many schools, businesses, and workplaces are also closed due to the severe weather. Please call ahead before heading out. If you do decide to venture out in the cold, be sure your vehicle is in good winter operating condition. Be sure to wear plenty of warm, protective clothing. Be safe out there and let’s hope this record cold snap is over soon!

Hurricane Closes Stores Casinos Airports Malls

Several stores, restaurants, and shopping malls along the Gulf Coast closed early on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 and are expected to remain closed on Wednesday, August 29 as a result of Hurricane Isaac. In New Orleans, Biloxi, and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, casinos are closed until further notice. Several areas in Southeast Louisiana, South Mississippi, and South Alabama are flooded and roads are closed. Many cities have announced mandatory evacuations and imposed local curfews.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport is closed and all flights scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 have been cancelled.

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is closed and all flights scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 have been cancelled.

Mobile Regional Airport was closed on Tuesday, August 28. It has since reopened, but many arriving and departing flights for Wednesday, August 29 have been cancelled.

At this time, we expect most businesses to reopen on Thursday, August 30. We’ll add information as it becomes available over the next few days. Check back for updates. Basically, if you’re planning on shopping, dining, or gaming along the central Gulf Coast, you will want to call ahead and make sure your store, restaurant, casino, or shopping center is open and has not sustained damage from Hurricane Isaac before heading out to the shops and malls. If you have vacation reservations for Labor Day Weekend, check to make sure your hotel or motel is open for business. Be safe, not sorry!

Netflix Price Hike New Subscription Plans

Don’t get too used to that Netflix $9.99 monthly unlimited DVD rental and streaming combo plan. It’s going away very soon.

Netflix announced today they are restructuring their subscription plans by separating DVD rental and streaming services. Each plan will now cost $7.99 per month. Sure, you can still get both, but it will cost you double: $15.98 per month. That’s a 60% increase over the old $9.99 combo rate!

This comes on the heels of a 25% rate increase just this past November. At that time, the unlimited plan added DVDs by mail and increased in price from $7.99 to $9.99.

Will Netflix’s 24 million subscribers accept the 60% markup for the DVD and streaming combo service? Time will tell. And how will this affect Netflix’s competitors, mainly Redbox and Blockbuster Express “Bluebox”? We’ll find out soon enough.

Missouri Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday

Attention, Missouri CheapoLifers: You qualify for a sales tax exemption when you purchase energy efficient appliances during Earth Day week.

The Missouri Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday exempts state sales tax on retail sales of select qualifying Energy Star certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance. Qualifying appliances include clothes washers, water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, and freezers that have been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable Energy Star Efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Contact the State of Missouri for further details.

The Missouri Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday dates are April 19-25, 2011. Take advantage of these tax savings while they last!