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Tick, Tick, Tick: Last Minute Tax Tips

tax Next week is the tax-filing deadline, and if you are like many Americans, you may not have filed your tax returns yet. Here are some last minute tax tips from the Wall Street Journal, and from Ernst & Young: "50 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions".

Your Auto Insurer May be Playing Games with Your Premium

car Here's a new one. Some car insurers are testing different price points when they renew your policy to see how much money they can extract from you before you defect. Hold onto your wallet! [story via ConsumerReporters.net]

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6 Home Projects That Won't Pay for Themselves

house You may be thinking of doing some renovations to your home this spring. Before you do, however, consider how much of a payback you are likely to get by doing that particular improvement. Bankrate says that for certain home improvement projects you may only recover a little over half their cost when you sell your property.

IRS' Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

scam This time of year, tax scammers are out in full force. There are two types: the crooks that are out to steal your money via some type of tax scam, and people who decide they are going to try to scam the IRS. Get wise to the scams because the IRS already is!


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Mouse Print* -- MetroPCS: "All 4G Phones Only $29" ?

mouse print MetroPCS has been advertising a 4G phone sale where it proclaims that all their 4G phones that run on their 4G-LTE network are only $29. Wow, what a deal... at least until you understand how MetroPCS defines "4G." That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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5 Fixes for Common Lawn Problems

As spring begins, so do lawn problems. Consumer Reports has come up with a handy guide to help remedy some of the most common lawn problems like bald spots, thin grass, crab grass, grubs, and not enough sunlight.


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