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4 Tests Doctors Order Too Often

doctor Having a battery of medical tests may seem like a good idea—so your doctor is leaving no stone unturned in the quest to make a full diagnosis. But undergoing testing you don’t need is not only a waste of time and money but can also expose you to unnecessary risks and costs.

Don't Fall for Fake Locksmith Scam

lock If you get locked out of your home or car, you might Google a locksmith. And what luck, there's one right in your town high on the list. What you don't realize is that this "locksmith" is likely no locksmith at all but possibly a referral service. He's likely not in your city and maybe not even in the country. Worse, you may get a lowball estimate from them, then when the guy shows up, the price has jumped three or four-fold.


Best Hotels

luggage U.S. News has just released its list of best hotels for the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. For the U.S., you can check the list by state.

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Mouse Print* -- If You Don’t Check Your Cable Bill…

mouse print People lead busy lives, but this story illustrates how a small, unnoticed billing irregularity on a Comcast bill can mushroom into hundreds of dollars of charges if not caught early. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

UPDATE: If you scroll down the page at Mouse Print*, you'll find an update to our motor oil story, including a video of an undercover investigation done by Good Morning America.

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PC Mover Ultimate - $4.99 or FREE a/r

If you are getting a new PC, Laplink's PC Mover Ultimate is an easy way to transfer your old files, even programs, to the new computer via the included ethernet wire. There's free hand-holding telephone support too. Frys is offering it for $4.99 after $30 rebate, and shipping is free. Apparently, only Frys customers with a pre-existing personal promotion code (because you get their emails) save an additional $5 entering it at checkout... so the software is free after rebate. Note 1: software is backordered and won't ship until about March 1. Note 2: You must include a copy of a gov't issued ID or utility or credit card bill with same name/address but account info blackened out. Note 3: Some people report that the promotion code they received does not take $5 off.

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Taking Statins vs. Diabetes Risk

You may have concerns about taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor and generic), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor and generic), after a recent study linked those drugs to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. But Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs experts say the heart-protective benefit of statins usually outweighs the risk of diabetes.

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