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Check Your Credit Card Bill for These 9 Dubious Charges

credit card Sneaky marketers often trick consumers into signing up for products or services without full knowledge of what they are getting into. Here is a list of nine possible charges on your credit card bill that might indicate you've been taken.

How to Stop (or Reduce) Text Message Spam

cellphone Cellphone owners are beginning to be plagued by spam in the form of unwanted text messages [story 1], [story 2] that you have to pay for if you are not on an unlimited plan. Here are tips on how to stop (or reduce) text message spam. [Each link is a separate story.]

Price Check: Lowe's Versus Home Depot

Home Depot It's a battle of the two home improvement giants. Which one has the lowest prices -- Home Depot or Lowe's?. The folks at Cheapism compared 40 comparable items [list], and the winner by a hair is...

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]

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  • Best Things to Buy in April
  • 10 Tips from Store Managers to Maximize Grocery Savings
  • Lawsuit Claims Simply Orange Juice is Not Simply Orange
  • Soon, TVs Will be Watching You
  • Sears to Pay You if Your Friends Buy Recommended Items
  • AU Court Strikes Down Google Sponsored Ad Results of Competitors
  • Apple Products Come with a Two Year Free Warranty by Law in EU
  • How to Get the IRS to Notice You (for Audit)
  • AMEX Pulls Giftcards from NJ Citing New Zip Code Rule
  • Study: Prescrip. Drugs from Authenticated Sites are Legit. w/Big Savings PDF
  • 10 Most Expensive Vehicles to Fill Up ($110-$150!)
  • Court Cuts Down Internet Sales Tax in Colorado
  • White Cloud at Walmart Tops CR's Toilet Paper List
  • US Airways Warns of Fake Emails about Non-Existent Reservations
  • What to Do if You Can't Sell Your Home
  • Studies Find Arsenic, Benadryl, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine in Chickens
  • Beef with Pink Slime to be Voluntarily Labeled
  • iPad 3 Users Having Wi-Fi Problems, Getting Replacements
  • Google Testing Computer Goggles (watch video)
  • Timeshare Resales: Twice Scammed, FTC Takes Action
  • Food Fraud Goes Beyond Mislabeled Fish
  • Don't Waste Your Money on Expensive HDMI Cables for HDTVs

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  • Pink Slime-Laced Ground Beef Disappearing Fast
  • Survey: Metric Measurements on Food Nutrition Labels Mislead Many
  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
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    mouse print A regular Mouse Print* reader swears that Scott's natural toilet paper that is tube-free gets used up quicker than the regular with-tube version. But they both have 440 sheets. Is our reader imaging things? The answer, of course, is in the fine print, this week in Mouse Print* .

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    Consumer Reports, along with nine medical organizations, released a list of 45 medical tests and procedures that may not be necessary as often as they are currently recommended. (Must click on each organization name to see its list of five procedures.)

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