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Beware New Cellphone Upgrade Plans

cellphone Last month, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon all introduced new cell plans that allow you to upgrade your telephone more often. Many critics call most of these plans "ripoffs" because in some cases you are paying double for the telephone. Here is an evaluation of all three plans, and one critic's unvarnished thoughts.

Don't Get Nickel and Dimed by Grey Charges

credit cards If you don't scrutinize your credit card bill, what are called "grey charges" may find their way onto your monthly statement. These may be the result of your signing up for a limited free trial, but not realizing that after the free trial, you would be charged monthly for the service. Consumers pay BILLIONS of dollars in grey charges every year (see infographic).


Best/Worst Things to Buy in August

shopping With the school year about to begin for some, it is not too late to get in on the tale end of back to school sales primarily at office supply superstores. DealNews has other ideas of the categories of items that are best buys this month, and which items you should put on hold.

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Mouse Print* -- The Little Secret Inside that Big Pill Bottle

mouse print Have you looked inside your vitamin bottles lately? You might be surprised, as MrConsumer was, to find a lot more of something other than vitamins inside. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Ratings of Prepaid Cards

Consumer Reports just released a study of prepaid debit cards, and rated more than two dozen of them. On top was the American Express Bluebird card (no surprise), but about half the cards were rated as bad values.

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