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13 Airline Rules You Never Heard of

airlines Your airline ticket incorporates a "contract of carriage" with a host of fine print rules and restrictions that most consumers have never read. For example, if you smell awful, you may be shown the door (hopefully not while the plane is in flight). There is also a ban on taking off your shoes on JetBlue, whether or not they have Odor Eaters inside. Here are more unexpected rules.

Best Hospitals by Specialty

US News US News just released its rankings of 5,000 hospitals. Pick the specialty like cancer or urology, and then see which hospitals had the highest ratings for it.

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How to Get Really Low(er) Prices on Prescription Drugs

pills After publishing our study of drug discount cards last week (see study), we learned about two valuable resources. NeedyMeds.org has links to many programs that offer free or reduced priced drugs. They also appear to have a discount card that offers deeper discounts than most others (print one here). And, to find which drugstores in your area have the lowest prices on prescription drugs, try GoodRx's searchable database.

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Mouse Print* -- Here We Downsize Again - Part 2

mouse print With raw ingredients prices going up, sneaky manufacturers keep shrinking their packages. Here are three examples of big, big brands getting smaller and smaller. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Spend $25 with AMEX Serve Card, Get Back $25!

American Express has launched yet another prepaid debit card. This one is called Serve, and have they got a deal for you. Sign up for a Serve card now and after you spend $25 or more in ONE transaction before August 31, you will get back a $25 credit applied to your card. Despite their ad, the purchase does NOT have to be for entertainment. The card has fewer fees than other prepaid cards, and most other fees are waived until next year. ++

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CR Disagrees with Best Hospitals List

Consumer Reports says that its ratings of hospitals don't always match-up with US News' rankings. The magazine says its ratings are based on safety, not expertise.


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