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Airline Ratings

airlines A new set of airline ratings was released last week by two universities which factored in on-time performance, involuntary denied boardings, mishandled baggage and customer complaints. The best airline in the survey: Virgin America. Worst: American Eagle. Here is the full (long) report.

Hospitals Now Rated 1 to 5 Stars

The federal government is now awarding up to five star ratings of hospitals the same way that Yelp does it for restaurants. Well, not quite the same way, but Uncle Sam is using information from patient surveys to come up with this new rating system. Patient satisfaction ratings are in addition to the other measures already developed.


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10 Myths About Credit Scores

credit scores Many of us labor under misimpressions about our credit report and credit scores. Is it better to close credit card accounts you rarely use? Here are some of the top myths about what affects your credit score.



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Mouse Print* -- Sears Gives Payment Choice for Refrigerator: $1299 or $2099

mouse print Last year, Sears experimented with a very different sales gimmick. For those willing to pay the regular $2000+ price of a refrigerator, they would throw in a small bonus. Deal or no deal? That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Garmin GPS - $59.99

If you need a new GPS, the Garmin Nuvi 42LM (an older model) is only $59.99 with free shipping. This is a reconditioned unit. The screen is 4.3", so it is not the largest. It does come with lifetime map updates, which is a great feature. Look for Groupon coupons that might lower the price even more.

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Top Washers Save Money (and Water)

Consumer Reports released its most recent test results of washing machines. Here are a few of the winners.


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