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Week of October 15, 2018 (see last week)

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Sears Files for Bankruptcy

Sears Everyone knew it was inevitable, and it finally happened early this morning (Monday) -- Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They plan to close 142 more stores by the end of the year and evaluate 200 others. In the end, Sears and Kmart will be left with just 300 stores (if the chain survives). Here is a list of the stores that will be closing. Gift cards are still being accepted. Shop Your Way points will be accepted and earned. Warranties will be honored. More FAQs here.

If You Think Advertising is Misleading Today...

Obesity soap

Turning the clock back almost 100 years reveals that advertising in the 1920s was full of wild claims and ridiculous promises. (I can just hear a defense lawyer today arguing to a judge that no reasonable consumer would believe these claims. But back then, people did.) This story looks at beauty trends of that day and some of the crazy products that were pitched to consumers.

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Mouse Print* -- Before Eating at KFC in the UK, You Must Sign a Disclaimer

mouse print If you visit a KFC in London and order a "Louisiana Dirty," you'll be asked to sign a (semi-) legal disclaimer absolving the restaurant of the mess you are about to create. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.


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Bargain of the Week

10 Burger King Chicken Nuggets - $1

Lowest price ever for 10 chicken nuggets at participating Burger King restaurants -- $1! And you can get two packets of sauce with it.

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Time to Double-Check Your Home Insurance

With stories of hurricanes destroying homes blanketing news coverage, this is a good time to review your homeowners policy. Consumer Reports says you may be paying too much for too little coverage, and you might not be covered for things that really matter.

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