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Double Your Cell Battery's Life for Little as $15!

The Wall Street Journal recently tested cellphone cases that double as battery chargers giving your phone an easy recharge on the go. While most are in the $90-$100 range, the WSJ found one no-name case for only $15 on Amazon, and it worked great (albeit a little slowly).

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Amazon Accused of Raising Prices to Cover "Free" Shipping

Amazon Frequent Amazon shoppers often sign up to become members of Amazon Prime, a $79 plan that promises free two-day shipping for a year. Now two lawsuits by consumers claim that Amazon has encouraged third-party sellers whose products are featured on Amazon to raise their prices, embedding the cost of shipping into their selling price.


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Mouse Print* -- When Hotwire's $25 Off Promotion Gives You Nothing Off

mouse print A Mouse Print* reader wrote to complain about an offer from Hotwire promising a $25 savings if he downloaded their app. You can guess what happened next. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Bags of Mulch - $2

Lowes is offering bags with two cubic feet of mulch (brown, black, or red) for only $2 through March 24. Website pricing varies regionally, but the Lowe's homepage lists the item as 5 for $10.

Free Finish Dishwasher Detergent a/r

Buy Finish Quantum (10-12 ct) or Finish Powerball(12-20 ct) and get a mail-in refund of up to $4.99. Rinse Aid up to 8.45 oz free after rebate also (up to $4.50). See terms in this past Sunday's SmartSource coupon insert. Also, here are printable coupons for both items. Here are details, but this form appears NOT to be required.

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Don't Spend a Fortune on Heartburn Relief

Got heartburn? Consumer Reports says you don't have to spend a fortune on heartburn relief medications. Generic over-the-counter versions of Prilosec and Prevacid cost one-tenth the price of the name brands, for example. The magazine also says that Nexium is overused but is the best selling name brand drug.


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