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How to Get a Four- or Five-Star Hotel for Under $100

Priceline Priceline lets you name your own price for hotels, but if you bid too low, you usually have to wait 24 hours to raise your bid. Consumers' Checkbook, however, has figured out a way to bid again immediately, and still get that four- or five-star hotel for under $100 in the area you want!

Pssst... Wanna Buy a Foreclosure Cheap?

house As we begin to rise from the bottom of the real estate market, there are still some areas where foreclosured homes are available at deep discounts. And you don't have to move to Podunk. The average foreclosure discount in New York City is 40% and in Chicago it is 46% according to Money magazine. Here are some additional tips when buying a foreclosure.


Death of the Price Tag

price tag death Massachusetts is said to be the last state to get rid of price tags in supermarkets as of last month. Redtape Chronicles writer Bob Sullivan laments the passing of the price tag, not just in stores, but for services whose price can mount up without our knowing it. Watch the clever video.

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Mouse Print* -- Buy a $999 Water Heater, Get $1050 Back?

mouse print You know what they say about offers that sound too good to be true, right? We look at the fine print of this "get a free hot water heater" deal, and find an unexpected surprise. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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    10 Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries + Charger -- $19.99

    Eneloop If you read about rechargeable NiMH batteries enough online, you will learn that people absolutely love Eneloop batteries by Sanyo. Unlike most older rechargeables, these hold their charge for up to three years, and can be recharged up to 1500 times. That makes them great for devices like cameras and flashlights that you only use occasionally. Costco has a package of eight AA and two AAA batteries, plus C and D cylinders, plus a charger for only $19.99 (that's $5 off) through about Feb. 23. If you use alkaline batteries like water, this will save you hundreds of dollars.

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    Just in time for Presidents Day, Consumer Reports has a list of the 25 best car deals with savings of 8-26% off MSRP for 2012 and 2013 new cars made in America.

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