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10 Things Seafood Restaurants Won't Tell You

Continuing its series of dirty little secrets of various industries, Smart Money turns to seafood restaurants. Among the revelations, restaurants make up fanciful names for unpopular fish types, and sometimes you could become a victim of bait and switch whereby a less expensive species of fish is substituted for what is on the menu.

Daily Low Dose Aspirin Questioned

aspirin For years, many of us have been taking low dose aspirin daily to help stave off heart problems. Now new research questions the risks of doing that. Apparently, for people at low risk of heart disease, the 55% increased incidence of stomach or brain bleeding outweighs the benefits of taking a daily aspirin.
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The Hotel Price Comparison Site with Lower Prices (Sometimes)

When we check airfares, we tend to find the same prices no matter which site you look at. That is not true for hotels. Different sites charge different prices for the same hotel accommodations. According to travel expert, Ed Perkins, Yuupon.com sometimes has significantly lower prices than other hotel comparison sites. We checked one example in Boston for July dates on Yuupon and Expedia. The Marriott Copley Place was $314 on Expedia, but only $153 on Yuupon. On the other hand, the Copley Plaza was $372 on Yuupon but $92 less on Expedia. The lesson: you have to comparison shop even for the same hotel.

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Mouse Print* -- Incredible Bank: "No Pain" Checking?

mouse print There is a little Wisconsin bank that offers relatively high interest, and almost no fees on their checking account. There is one fee they do charge, however. You won't believe what it is for and how much it is. That story is this week in Mouse Print* .

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Oil Change -- $9.99 After Rebate

Until the end of June, you can get an oil change (up to 6 quarts), a new oil filter, and tire rotation for only $9.99 after a $10 rebate. (Rebate forms are in-store.) The offer is valid at NTB, Tire Kingdom, and Merchants Tire. Print the coupon here.

Buy $50 Menswear, Get $20 Card Back

Until June 17, buy $50 or more of mens clothing at Sears (except shoes and Lands End), and get a $20 reward card on the spot. Card is good June 18 - July 15.

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10 Money Saving Tips for Car Leasing

If you are set on leasing a car, despite the fact that many say it is better to buy one, here are some tips from Consumer Reports on how to save some money.


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