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Week of August 12, 2019 (see last week)

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Cars Most/Least Likely to be Stolen

cars A new study reveals which vehicles are most likely and least likely to be the target of thieves. Cars with big engines, luxury cars, and pickup trucks are the most likely to get stolen. But oddly, no one seems to want the BMW 3-series and the Tesla X and S models. Here are the full lists.

10 Most/Least Expensive Urban Areas

house A new report lists New York City and San Francisco as the two urban areas with the highest cost of living in the country at twice the national average. Some cities in Texas proved to be the most wallet-friendly. Here are the top and bottom 10 urban areas. The cost of living index is based on six component categories housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.



Best Frequent Flier and Hotel Reward Programs

travel awards U.S. News is out with its latest list of best frequent flier programs and hotel loyalty programs. This year, Alaska Airlines takes first place, followed by Delta's SkyMiles program. At the tail-end of the list was Spirit Airlines (no surprise). For hotel reward programs, Marriott Bonvoy edged out Wyndham Rewards by a mere hundredth of point. See how the other hotel programs ranked.

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Mouse Print* -- Peek at the Fine Print in CBS' Big Brother Contract With Houseguests

mouse print Occasionally we examine the fine print in contracts that consumers have to sign. This time it is a very one-sided agreement that contestants in the CBS program Big Brother have to execute which contains some unbelievable terms. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Buy $50 in Amazon Gift Cards, Get a $15 Account Credit

For Amazon customers who have never purchased gift cards from them, here is an opportunity to get a 15 dollar account credit when you buy $50 in Amazon gift cards. The credit you receive is good towards a future purchase of items sold and shipped by Amazon until February 2020. If you have previously purchased Amazon gift cards, you will see a notice that your account is not eligible for this promotion. Thanks to Dan K. for the bargain tip. ++

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Consumer Reports

Many Wireless Routers Lack Basic Security Protections

A new study by Consumer Reports reveals that over one-third of routers tested lacked security protections that others had. Routers take your Internet connection and send the signals around your home so you can connect your computers and cellphones wirelessly. The magazine also suggests ways to make your current router safer.

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