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11 Things that May be More Expensive in 2012

cash Besides word that oil is likely to remain above $100 a barrel in 2012, here are 11 other things likely to go up in price in the new year.

10 Things Debit Card Issuers Won't Tell You

cards For a while, more purchases were being put on debit cards than credit cards. Too bad, because consumers are losing out on a host of federal consumer rights and benefits that come with credit cards, such as the ability to chargeback a purchase gone wrong, to only have a maximum liability of $50 for misuse, and to get free benefits like double the manufacturers' warranty. Here are other little secrets about debit cards.

10 New Year's Resolutions for Investors

Wall Street and the economy are still on shaky ground, so it is best to be prudent when considering how you are going to invest in 2012. Here are some investment resolutions for the new year.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, and Stop & Shop Pharmacy recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]

Consumer Quickies

  • 100+ Sears/Kmart Stores to Close
  • Initial List of Stores that Sears/Kmart are Closing
  • Billions of Dollars of Giftcards Go Unredeemed Annually
  • Speak Up to be Your Own Problem Solver
  • Don't Fall for an Phishing Scam
  • Video Tour Inside Consumer Reports' Test Labs
  • Airlines Will Soon Have to Advertise Complete Fares
  • How to Play Your Giftcards Right
  • Where Germs Lurk on Airplanes
  • All Those Darn Calls from "Credit Services"
  • Internet eTailers Ranked on Customer Satisfaction
  • Now You Have a Score for Income, Shopping, and Medication
  • NY Times Erroneously Sends Email Offers to Non-Subscribers
  • Verizon Wireless Abandons Planned $2 Credit Card Fee
  • Consumer Reports Picks Toyota Camry Hybrid as Top Family Sedan
  • Which Online Stores Offer the Fastest Returns?
  • Feds Catch 6 Foreigners Running Net Car Sales Scams
  • The Great Olive Oil Scam: That Extra Virgin May Not be so Pure
  • Men Becoming the Primary Grocery Shopper
  • 10 Tips to Reduce Credit Card Debt in 2012

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  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
  • Different Prices Coming for Cash vs. Plastic

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    How to Buy a Treadmill or Ellipical Machine

    After all that holiday indulging, many folks need to shed a few pounds and typically look to a piece of exercise equipment to help them do it. Consumer Reports offers tips on buying a treadmill or an elliptical.

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    Until mid-February, Sears Optical is offering two complete pairs of glasses, including no-line bifocals (progressives) for only $99.99. It is rare to have progressive lenses included in offers this cheap. The catch, of course, is that only frames up to $69.99 are included (and the progressive lenses included are probably lower end ones).

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