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Boating season – and new rules – are upon us

As of May 1, anyone younger than 26 operating a vessel powered by a 10-horsepower or greater motor on public waterways must have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course…

via Buncombe County News.

Boats, kayaks and canoes have been among the most searched items on in the last two weeks. Folks in the Carolinas are getting ready for summer fun!


Mother’s Day ideas

Speaking of frugality, here’s a thoughtful post for folks looking for  affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! It’s easily a day you can go crazy taking care of the moms in your life. But there are ways you can be frugal for Mother’s Day!

via Way’s To Save On Mother’s Day | Free From Broke.

A search on the phrase “Mother’s Day” at displays a lot of puppies!

Reasons to buy a new car this year — one of the premier startups on the Web for managing your personal finances — has posted some persuasive arguments for buying a new car this year. And this, coming from a service that preaches conservative spending practices for its users.

Mint points out that the government stimulus package provides incentives for new car buying that its users may not see again.

There has rarely been a better time than right now.

For instance:

  • You will be able to deduct the state or local sales tax on a new car purchase on your 2009 federal tax return.
  • Warranties of struggling U.S. car companies are being backed through TARP.
  • Several manufacturers are offering job-loss protection plans for new car purchases; i.e., they’ll make your car payment if you lose your job.
  • The likelihood of inflation once the economy recovers means you have more spending power now.

Mint was launched in late 2007 as a service to track automatically all your finances, from bank and investment accounts to credit cards and budgeting. It’s easy to use and provides outstanding features such as graphs of your spending habits.

As always, you can check out local car dealer inventories at

Searching for stuff online

Americans conducted 14.3 billion core searches in March — a 9% gain versus February, according to comScore’s monthly qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.

via MediaPost Publications ComScore: Google Sites Continue To Lead In Search 04/16/2009.

TechDirt is also reporting that online classified listings are booming across America. That report is similar to our previous blog item about classified activity from the BBC.

In March, local users searched websites 180,000 times for items from soup to nuts — or, more specifically, from dogs to pontoon boats. It’s fun to see what people search for at Iwanna, and last week we noticed “yard sale” climbing the rankings. Guns also continue to be a highly sought item.

Classified adverts booming online

I tweeted this item several days ago (see the Iwanna Twitter feed at right), but now that the BBC has picked up the story I thought I would devote a little more time to it.

Classified advertising is booming in the down economy.

It’s worth noting that has up to three times as many listings online every week as Craigslist in Asheville. At the Home Show recently, we heard someone jokingly describe Iwanna as “the second Bible for rednecks.” The print publication is certainly thick enough to be considered Bible-sized! But we get as many searches for “Mercedes” as we do for “chickens,” so our audience cuts across many lines of interest.

Iwanna = Carolina Shopping News

Iwanna is a bargain hunter’s dream in the Carolinas, bringing buyers and sellers together for more than 30 years. Our weekly print publication is the region’s largest source of free classified advertising. In fact, it’s so thick with user-generated deals that if it were tossed by carriers, it might seriously hurt porch pets! As much as we like pets  — after all, they’re one of our most popular categories — we’re happy to report the paper is available only at  single-copy dealers. And now, thousands of people go online daily at to search its database of 14,000 ads every day. Watch this spot for updates,  shopping news and other fun stuff we find at Iwanna and around the Carolinas.

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