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Week of December 10, 2018 (see last week)

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15 Secrets Airlines Don't Want You to Know

airlines Did you know that you can get a full refund even on non-refundable airline tickets as long as you cancel within 24 hours of booking? That's just one of the travel "secrets" in this story.

Remember Your Passwords with a Password Manager (Latest Ratings)

passwords We all have dozens of passwords and then when sites make us change them frequently, it can be a nightmare to remember them all. Enter password managers. They'll remember them for you and even create complex ones. PC magazine tested the leading programs. Note that many have free versions available. MrConsumer prefers Sticky Password.

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The 12 Scams of Christmas

scams Every year, the BBB issues its annual list of scams which could put a damper on the holidays if you become a victim. With that in mind, you better watch out.

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Mouse Print* -- Even Angels Quietly Make Money Referring Buyers to Sellers

mouse print Last week, we explained how some network TV shows "secretly" pocket payments for promoting products. It doesn't end there because even some websites with squeaky clean reputations poorly disclose the commercial connections they have. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Dell 15.6" Laptop - $399.99

This may be the best laptop deal of the season at Office Depot/OfficeMax brick and mortar stores only -- very limited quantities. It is a Dell Inspiron 5570 with an i5 processor, 15.6-inch full HD screen, 8 gigs of memory, and most importantly a 256gb SSD drive (no moving parts gives you fast response). It is $399.99 ($300 less than their regular price). Note: there is no optical disc player. Read the reviews before purchasing. I suggest looking at this model in person particularly to check out the screen which some reviews say is washed out with very narrow viewing angles.

See also: Hot Deals

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Rankings of Robotic Vacuums

Consumer Reports says that robotic vacuums, like Roomba, are not novelties anymore. Here are their top picks if you want this whirling disk traversing your house.

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