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Decoding Retailers' Price Tags

sale There actually is a method to retailers' price tag madness. At Costco, for example, prices that end in 97, 88, 00 are markdowns, whereas those ending in 49, 79 or 89 are manufacturers' specials. Here is a chart to decode various retailers' pricing policies including Gap, Old Navy, Home Depot, JCP, Office Depot, Sam's Club, Staples, and more. And here is more insight into Target's clearance pricing policies.

Get Offered a Cheaper Hotel Rate with BackBid

Many people don't like using Priceline or Hotwire to save on hotel costs because you don't know the name or exact location of the hotel you will wind up with until you pay your money. Now another site has come along called BackBid which aims to get you a better hotel rate. You have to first make a refundable reservation elsewhere on your own at the best price you can find. Then, you submit that reservation to BackBid, and other area hotels compete for your business by offering you (and you alone) lower prices. Be sure to read the cautions about this service.


How to Win a Bidding War

house for sale In some parts of the country, homes are selling for more than their asking price because bidding wars erupt among potential buyers. Here are tips on how to win a bidding war without blowing a wad of extra cash.

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Mouse Print* -- Product Dilution: Cheerios Decreases Vitamin Content

mouse print An eagle-eyed Mouse Print* reader discovered that one variety of Cheerios that had once been touted as containing 100% of your daily requirement of various vitamins and minerals no longer is so vitamin-rich. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Getting a Deal on Eyeglasses

Consumer Reports says you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to get new eyeglasses. They recommend a number of low-cost sellers. We recommend looking for low-cost chains in your area such as For Eyes or Warby Parker (or even Sears when they have a sale).

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