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What Salary Do You Need to Earn to Live in These 25 Cities?

home A different way to look at the variation in home prices across the country is to calculate how much you have to earn to buy a house and afford a mortgage in various cities. HSH has pushed the numbers and found that you need less than $20,000 a year in income after taxes to live in Cleveland, but over $115,000 to live in San Francisco.

Behind on Credit Card Payments?
Capital One May Pay You a Visit!

CapitalOne If you have a Capital One credit card, don't fear, you are not alone. In fact, if you fall behind in payments, they have just amended their credit card agreement to allow for in-person visits to your home or workplace. No kidding. The bank says they won't do it.


Unbelievable Towing Scam Nabs Shoppers' Cars

From the "what will they think of next" department: towing companies employ spotters in mall parking lots who immediately order your car towed if you park there, but walk off the property. [via]

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Mouse Print* -- At Sears, Hoops, Fine Print, Stamina, and Nagging Needed to Save the Most

mouse print Following up on last week's story about whether you could trust Sears' savings claims, MrConsumer actually bought a refrigerator from them just before their Presidents Day sale started. That was just the beginning of the fun. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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AntiVirus Software -- Free After Rebate

This is the first year in recent memory that Norton has not offered its antivirus products free after rebate by this time. So, if you need something now, here are two premium [top of the line], highly-rated alternative choices: Kaspersky Pure (one $60 rebate) and BitDefender [for two years] ($70 spread over two card rebates, including upgrade rebate). Expires February 27 or when sold out. Shipping is free too.

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Coffeemakers Put to the Test

If you are thinking about buy a Keurig-type coffeemaker, the ones that use those little K-cups, Consumer Reports says they don't measure up to the flavor from a drip coffeemaker. But if you insist on buying one anyway, a $50 model from Mr. Coffee beat all the others.

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