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Week of September 17, 2018 (see last week)

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Whole Foods' Prices Barely Reduced One Year After Amazon's Hype to Lower Them

Whole Foods It is now exactly a year after Amazon promised to lower prices at Whole Foods. According to a new survey by the man who has been tracking prices there, a basket of 108 items purchased just before the takeover last year cost $412.76. Today, those same groceries only dropped in price a total of $3.39. And, if you are a Prime member, you would only get an additional $1.50 in savings. [Note, the NY Post story has factual errors - they compared the cost of the March 2018 basket to the current one, rather than the August 2017 basket.]

How to Avoid One of the Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes

money According to Forbes, you can help keep the taxman from grabbing a portion of the money you leave to heirs by tweaking the source of any charitable contributions you are planning.



25 Secrets of Costco Super Shoppers

Ninety million people are Costco members, and for good reason. If shoppers are smart about what they buy there, they can save a pretty penny. Here are 25 tips to get the most out of your Costco membership.

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Mouse Print* -- Aldi Waters Down Its Margarine... Literally

mouse print When manufacturers face higher raw materials costs, they can downsize their products as many do, or they might reformulate them using cheaper ingredients. This supermarket chain chose the latter method. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Free Pint Halo Top Ice Cream

On Saturday, September 22, starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time, you can download a coupon for a free pint of Halo Top ice cream. It must be redeemed on September 22 ONLY. If you live in CA, CO, KS, LA, NV, TN or WI, your free coupon is only good on Halo Top nondairy products.

National Cheeseburger Day - Sept. 18

Look for local and national deals (and freebies) on Tuesday, September 18 -- "National Cheeseburger Day." Here are some.

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It Pays to Haggle Over Your Cable Bill

Consumer Reports found that four out of five cable customers who tried to negotiate their monthly bill were successful at receiving some reduction or bonus.

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