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10 Things Credit Score Providers Won't Tell You

credit Continuing its series of dirty little secrets of various industries, Smart Money looks at credit scores. Among the revelations, even renters can be hurt by bad credit scores, you may never know your real score, nearly half of employers use credit scores as part of hiring decisions, and more.

Best/Worst Things to Buy in August

August is upon us, and DealNews has its picks for the best and worst things to buy this month. Most obviously, look for great deals on summer clothing during clearance sales.

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Anti-Virus Software Tested

An independent testing organization has just put 25 anti-virus software programs to the test. In a number of cases, some of the free software products like Zone Alarm Free outperformed the big guys (Norton and McAfee).

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Mouse Print* -- $500 Off Watches and Sunglasses?

mouse print The ad was so tempting: get a free giftcard for $500 off on a variety of watches and sunglasses. Of course, when you visit the company's website (or read the back of the card), the truth comes out, with unexpected charges and non-standard regular price terminology. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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5 Quarts of Oil Free A/R

Advance Auto Parts is offering a 5-qt jug of Valvoline NextGen (50% recycled) Motor Oil (5w30,10w30) for $19.99, but there is a $20 AMEX debit card rebate. Can also buy individual quarts for $5.59 each, and get back $20 with purchase of five. Here is the online rebate form. Expires 8/29. Can order online for in-store pickup. ++

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10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins

Consumer Reports says that vitamins and supplements may not be as safe as you think, and are no easy cure for anything.


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