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IRS Lists Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

taxes Every February, the IRS announces the top scams that are pulled on taxpayers and that taxpayers pull on the IRS. Here is the 2016 list.

50 Cheapest Countries to Live or Retire

hammock How far would you move to save money? Would you go to South Africa where rent is 87.5% cheaper, groceries are 71% cheaper, and local goods and services are 65.8% cheaper? Here is GoBankingRate's list of bargain countries.


Mamma Mia: That 100% Parmesan Cheese May Contain Wood Pulp

An investigative report by Bloomberg revealed last week that some grated parmesan cheeses have been adulterated with excessive amounts of celluose -- an anti-caking ingredient made from wood. The cheese shown on the left for example, sold as the private label brand in supermarkets across the company, had 8.8% cellulose (compared to the industry standard of 2-4%). Worse, according to the FDA, the Market Pantry brand at Target had no parmesan at all. Instead, there was a mixture of Swiss, mozzarella, white cheddar and cellulose, according to the FDA.

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe?

This coming September, the FDA will announce a decision on whether companies that make antibacterial soaps containing certain ingredients, like triclosan, have demonstrated they are safe and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness. If the FDA decides against them, the companies must reformulate their products.

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Mouse Print* -- Sometimes There's Good News in the Fine Print

mouse print MrConsumer's car battery didn't react well to the -9 degree weather in Boston last week. But the fine print of Autozone's warranty would warm any consumer's doubting heart. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Free Cell Service: 2000 min./ 2000 texts/ 1 Gig 4G-LTE Data

Until noon Pacific time on Wednesday, 2/24: Ringplus, an MVNO (reseller) of Sprint Wireless services, is offering free, each month, 2000 calling minutes, 2000 texts, and 1 gig of high-speed data. Sign up on their homepage for the Walter Hagen Free Plan. You must pay $20 to cover future overages, and this will not need to be replenished until you reach zero. Bring your own old Sprint phone, or a few other phones, or buy a new Sprint/Boost PREPAID phone, such as this Motorola Moto E on sale for $29.99 thru Saturday at Best Buy. Do not let them activate it. (Note: no flash on phone, meh camera.) Check the phone's ESN# BEFORE you open the box or sign up (the numbers are on the OUTSIDE of the box) to make sure it can be activated on RingPlus. Here are more details (scroll down to Wiki). Lastly, RingPlus changes offers often. Best offer ever was 1750 min/1750 texts/1.75 gigs data.

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Cellphones with the Best Battery Life

If your cellphone runs out of juice before the day is over, then maybe you need to consider one these five phones that Consumer Reports says have the best battery life.

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