Week of July 16, 2018 (see last week)
Get 20% Off Amazon Purchases!
Since Amazon Prime Day is this week, we are holding over this great money saver. If you are an American Express cardholder, you MAY qualify to save an additional 20% on Amazon purchases (up to $100 in savings) when you use at least some Membership Rewards points toward your purchase. Not all AMEX cardholders and not all Amazon customers qualify. It appears you must be a Prime member. Discount only applies to items "sold by Amazon." Direct link to sign-up.
FCC Now Charging Consumers $225 to File a Formal Complaint
Just when you think it couldn't get worse for consumers in Washington, now comes news that the FCC approved rules to merely pass on consumer complaints it receives to the offending company. This will force consumers who want the FCC to review their complaint to pay $225 to file a formal complaint. Informal complaints remain free, but will generally bypass any intervention by the agency on their behalf.
Best/Worst States for Retirement
Bankrate has come up with a ranking of states from best to worst for retirement. They considered cost of living, crime, culture, health care quality, taxes, weather, and more. In this study, South Dakota came in first, and New York got no love in 50th place.
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Mouse Print* -- Not All Ben Gay Products Are Created Equal
Have you read the ingredients statement on popular over the counter drugs lately? You may be in for a surprise because some of the variations of popular brands are missing some key ingredients.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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Before You Pull the Trigger on Prime Day...
Not all items during Amazon's Prime Day this Monday and Tuesday are great deals. Check the website camelcamelcamel for a price history on any item you thinking of buying to see if today's price or higher or lower than what Amazon and other sellers have been charging over the past year.
Up to 20% Back in Points With Sears MasterCard
Until August 8th, get back a huge percentage of your purchase when you use your Sears MasterCard. For gas purchases, you get 20% back in Shop Your Way points. Grocery store purchases get you 13% back, and restaurant purchases are 10% back. This is far more generous than any other credit card rebate offer on everyday purchases. Shop Your Way points are good at Sears and Kmart. You must have a SYW account already associated with your Sears MasterCard to get points credited.
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5 Home Improvements That Might Lower Your Home Insurance Premium
Consumer Reports says there are five home improvements you can make that might lower your insurance costs. The extra discounts may only be 2 to 5 percent, but they can add up.
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