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Of Interest to Massachusetts Shoppers:

1. A new survey by Consumer World reveals that price-conscious grocery shoppers do have low-price alternatives to Market Basket as it suffers from a worker boycott and empty shelves. In fact, shoppers can find up to 17% lower prices at some little-known competitors.

2. The Massachusetts sales tax holiday is this weekend, and we offer our top 10 tips to tackle it, including an explanation of the rules and how to save the most.

11 Ways to Get a Better Rental Car Rate

car Trying to get the best price on a car rental is no easy feat. You have to check multiple sites, and your timing has to be right. And even then, you are not assured that prices won't drop some more. Here are some tips on how to snag at least a better car rental rate.

64 "Fabulous" Freebies

free Here is Kiplinger's annual list of "fabulous freebies." Some are more "fabulous" than others, however. We apologize for having to view this list in slideshow format -- that is the only way they offer it.


How to Unmask Secret Hotel Deals

Some of the best bargain sites for booking hotels won't tell you the name of the hotel until after you have paid your money. (They will tell you the general area the hotel is in, however.) Now, with the clever use of Google Maps and street view, you can actually see what hotel you are booking in advance on some of these sites.

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Mouse Print* -- What Major Appliance Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know

mouse print Everything is not always rosy in appliance-land. Real consumers tell you what manufacturers won't -- their tales of washing machine nightmares. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Double Cashback at Ebates at Popular Stores

[NOTE: Stores/Percentages-Back has changed since Monday for some quoted here.] For a short time, Ebates will refund 2%-10% of the purchase price at some of your favorite online stores -- double the normal rebate: Sears (6%), JCP (10%), Old Navy (7%), Kohl's (10%), Bed, Bath & Beyond (4%), Macy's (10%), Apple Store (3%), etc. Just sign up for a free Ebates account, then use their links when shopping at any of your favorite stores listed there. You can also sign up at for similar savings (compare the two and use the higher one). ++

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Best Ways to Sell the Stuff You Don't Need

If it is time to declutter or you are thinking about upgrading, Consumer Reports tells you how to maximize the dollars you'll get for your old stuff.

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