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2012 Cars Ranked for Quality

new car Nearly 75,000 people who bought a 2012 car or truck reported on how many problems they experienced during the first 90 days of ownership. Not surprisingly, Lexus topped the list with the fewest initial problems. Some manufacturers, however, like Fiat and Smart had 50% more complaints than average. See how your favorite car brand ranked.

10 Ways to Get Free Wi-Fi

cell phone With cell companies boosting the price we pay for data access on our cellphones and tablets, more people are looking for free access to the Internet. Here are 10 ways to find free Wi-Fi anywhere you go.

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How to Avoid 33 Pesky Fees

cash register Everywhere you turn we are bombarded with fees for this and fees for that. Here are tips on how to avoid certain pesky fees for travel, banking, cellphones, investing, and more.

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Mouse Print* -- Bank Fine Print: You Pay for Our Lawyer (Even if We Lose)

mouse print Most people don't read the fine print associated with their checking accounts. If you did, you might be shocked to find that you have agreed to pay the bank's expenses, including their attorney fees, if you have a dispute with them. See some big name banks doing this. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Bargain of the Week

$10 off a $10 AMEX Purchase

Until July 4, if you shop at a listed small business (only) in Boston, Chicago, or Philadelphia, and spend $10 or more using your registered American Express card, you will get a $10 statement credit. You must register your card here, and enter a zipcode for one of the three cities for the registration page to show itself. Use the list or map to find particpating restaurants and small businesses.

$5 off a $20 CVS Purchase

Through Tuesday, June 26 only, scan your CVS ExtraCare card at the in-store coupon dispenser, and get a coupon good for $5 off a $20 purchase, including sale items (but excluding gift cards, postage, etc.). It is unclear whether this offer is regional or national.

See also: Hot Deals

Consumer Reports

7 Fuel Economy Myths

Although gasoline prices are falling, most people still want to stretch their gas dollar. But, these 7 ways are just myths, according to Consumer Reports.


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