TWITTER Week of December 27, 2021 (see last week)
New Standards for Face Masks Issued
How to Block Robotexts and Spam Messages
Lumber Prices Skyrocket Again
Equifax to Add Buy Now, Pay Later Payment History to Credit Reports
Warning: Netflix is Not Offering You a Free 1-Year Subscription
FTC Plans Regulation to Combat Impersonator Scams
FTC Mulls New Privacy, Online Security, and Data Use Rules
NY Drugstore Proactive in Preventing Gift Card Scams
Crook Tries to Scam LA Times Consumer Reporter
This Year's Flu Vaccine Not So Great
What Is This Huge New Software Security Threat All About?
T-Mobile Says it Blocked 21 Billion Scam Calls in 2021
In San Francisco, No Grocery Stores Take Back Recyclables
Some Food Sellers Could Have Blunted Price Increases
Rite Aid Closing 60+ Stores (Locations Not Listed)
In 2022, FTC Will Amend a Number of Its Consumer Regulations/Guides
Amazon, Walgreens, CVS, Others Limiting Purchases of COVID Tests
They Predict Big January Discounts
Woman Loses $4,800 to Online Puppy Scam
Have Unused Space in Your Home? You Can Now Rent it Out!
Which Retail Companies May Face Bankruptcy in 2022?
When 3G Cell Service is Discontinued Soon, Many Other Things Will Fail
Before You Buy That Home Warranty...
See How Prices Have Risen on a List of Common Groceries
ShopRite in Delaware Moving to Almost All Self-Checkouts
Expect Higher Price and Long Waits for Car Rentals
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Mouse Print* -- Here We Downsize Again - Year-End 2021
We wrap up the year with another round of products hit by shrinkflation. These items sneakily cost you more because they have been downsized to give you less in each package. NOTE: This story will run until January 10th.
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Year-End Financial Planning Tips
With less than a week left in the year, here are some last minute tax and financial planning tips you should consider doing this week. For example, there is a $300 tax deduction for giving to charity even if you don't itemize, but you have to make that contribution now. And don't forget to fund your health savings acccount (if you have a qualifying health insurance plan) with up to $4,600 if you are 55 or older.
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Snarky Grandma Teaches Her Kids and Grandkids a Lesson
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Bargain of the Week
For MrConsumer, this is the most wonderful time of the year when you can get 50-90% off on holiday merchandise. Target is usually the go-to place, first offering 30% off on food and candy, and 50% off on holiday stuff. This year, they are skipping the 50% off and going directly to 70% off. Food and candy will go up to 50% then 70% off and non-food will go to 90% off if anything is left. Expect 90% off earlier than usual. Last year it was January 1 or 2. Fair warning: like last year, don't expect to find tons of holiday merchandise to be left (some of it never arrived). And some Target stores inexplicable had NO holiday stuff at all on December 26. You may do better this year at other retailers including drugstores.
Whole Boston Market Chickens - $3.60
To celebrate Boston Market's 36th anniversary, they are selling WHOLE rotisserie chickens for an unheard of $3.60 each (limit 2) with this coupon, this Wednesday thru Friday only. Not good for online orders. Also available large premium sides and whole applie pies for the same price.
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Toast the New Year With a Boxed Wine!
In this "Outside the Lab" story, Consumer Reports writers taste test some boxed wines, which many consumers may look down on. They've come up with some good picks at pretty good prices.
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