TWITTER Week of November 29, 2021 (see last week)
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Mouse Print* -- How to Get Free Shipping From Amazon Without a $25 Minimum Purchase
MrConsumer is one of the few people who refuses to pay $119 to Amazon for the privilege of getting free shipping on most items via their Amazon Prime membership. But he discovered by accident that in certain limited circumstances, non-members can also get free shipping even if your purchase is less than the $25 minimum normally required.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
Cars That Hold Their Value Most
J.D. Power just evaluated nearly 300 cars to determine which are likely to retain the largest percentage of their cost (residual value) after three years of ownership. Honda and Hyundai had the most models in the top category. See which models faired best in various categories.
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5000 Fake Websites Lure Holiday Shoppers
You think you found an online site with that hard-to-get item that most stores either didn't get in or that is out-of-stock. You pay your money, but nothing arrives. Thousands of fake online retailers have cropped up to scam you and not provide the advertised item.
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A Nostalgic Look Back at Filene's Basement
To celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, watch this wonderful 2010 documentary (45 minutes) -- Voices from the Basement -- about Boston's one and only Filene's Basement -- the store where bargain hunters nearly broke down the doors during big sales racing to snap up the deals. Movie is live now.
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Bargain of the Week
Kidde Plug-in Carbon Monoxide Detector - $11.85
Protect your home with this Kidde plug-in carbon monoxide detector with AA battery backup for a crazy low price of $11.85. Offer or price may change suddenly, so buy now. Unit has a 10-year warranty. MrConsumer owns this one, and has yet to have to replace the backup batteries (compared to other brands that eat them!).
Join eBates/Rakuten, Get $40 Back on $40 Purchase
If you are not a member of eBates (now called Rakuten), join between now and December 7 to get $40 back if you spend at least $40 within the first 90 days. When you use their links to shop at hundreds of the most popular online stores (like Macy's, Kohl's, JCP, etc.) they earn a commission and share it with you. It may be two or three percent, or sometimes much more, like TODAY, CYBER MONDAY, GET 15% BACK at over 700 stores. Make it a habit to always check eBates.com before buying anything online to see if you can get some extra cash back. [Amazon is not included.]
Current Members Get 15% Back on Cyber Monday
Free Wine After Rebate AGAIN
NOTE: This is a new offer, so even if you did this rebate earlier in the fall, you can do this one too. Until December 31, if you live in certain states and buy any Barefoot wine product, you can get an online rebate (via PayPal, Venmo, or e-check) for up to $9.99. If you shop around, you can find 1.5 liter bottles of Barefoot wine for just under $10. Offer VOID in: AL, AR, CA, CO, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV. MrConsumer got his rebate in just four or five days.
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Top 3 Laundry Detergents
According to tests conducted by Consumer Reports, these are the top three liquid laundry detergents, all getting an excellent rating: Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release; Percil ProClean Stain Fighter; and Tide Ultra Oxi. They only rated fair on coffee stains, however. Here is the CR story on the best/worst detergents in various categories (but not all those mentioned were rated like the top three).
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