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Mouse Print* -- Surprise: Stuff You Buy With Your Credit Card Could Be Repossessed!
We all know that if you buy a car on credit but fall behind in payments, your car could be repossessed. But did you know that items you buy with your credit card could face the same fate? We don't usually think of banks taking a "security interest" (as it is called) in your credit card purchases... but some do. We show you how to check if your credit card issuer decided to sneak such a provision into the fine print of your credit card agreement.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
What the T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Means for You
A federal judge last week approved the T-Mobile takeover of Sprint despite state AGs' efforts to stop the merger. How will this affect you and your cellphone bill? Here are some answers from the Wall Street Journal.
Major Supermarkets Flunk Food Recall Test
U.S. PIRG says that supermarkets are not doing enough to notify customers when food products are recalled. Their survey of dozens of chain grocers found few of them disclosed how they let shoppers know about recalls or how to sign up for direct notification. PIRG is recommending that the FDA and USDA require posting of recall notices at checkouts and at the place in the store where the problem item had been located.
15 Rules to Save Money on Every Purchase
MrConsumer has a rule: always check the day-old bread and produce racks for half price (or cheaper) goods. Here are more than a dozen other suggestions that if made part of your shopping mentality can really save you money over time.
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Free Tax Preparation from Credit Karma
If you are hindered by the income cap or forms missing from the various free tax filing service options, you might try Credit Karma's completely free service for state and federal returns. It covers most states (sorry Wisconsin; MT is paper filing of state return only) and most tax forms. The primary criticism is that tax help is not robust, so you have to know what you're doing. You can import last year's tax return from some of the big companies, but cannot import 1099s.
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Best Presidents' Day New Car Deals
Consumer Reports scouted the marketplace and found 10 new car deals with up to 24% off the sticker price just in time for Washington's Birthday (and all the other presidents). Note: Actual prices are not shown to non-subscribers, just the amount of savings.
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