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Use a Credit Card, Get Surcharged!

credit cards MasterCard and Visa just settled a bunch of lawsuits with retailers and agreed to allow sellers to charge consumers a surcharge when they pay with a credit card. Overseas, where surcharges are common, many shoppers have been gouged by sellers who charge more than the actual cost of processing a credit transaction. Even if you are only charged the actual cost (as the settlement provides), about 2% - 3%, that means you will be paying more every time you shop because retailers are not likely to lower prices. Ten states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas) do not allow credit card surcharges, so those folks will be safe for now. How do you feel about paying extra to use a credit card? Add your comments here (or read others').

99 Great Ways to Save

99 ways to save AARP just published its annual list of 99 ways to save on travel, health care, food, car expenses, household expenses, utilities, and more.

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10 Things You Can Buy Used

Most of us are conditioned to shop for new products when we need something. But, there are many products where it makes sense (and dollars) to buy used rather than new. This story suggests that things such as used dvds, baby clothes, books, and more will still serve the same purpose, but cost less.

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Mouse Print* -- Do Banks Ever Listen to their Customers?

mouse print A funny thing happened to MrConsumer last week after he made a withdrawal from the ATM. The bank's teller refused to provide change of a $20 bill. Huh? See what ensued this week in Mouse Print*.

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