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46 Clever Ways to Reuse Common Household Items

ideas What can you do with an old wine bottle? This Old House says you can stuff a string of old Christmas lights inside to make a novel decoration! Here are dozens more quirky and clever ideas of how to reuse junk, etc. (This is a slide show.)

The Best and Worst Ads of 2015

ads As ad blocking software and commercial-skipping DVRs become more commonplace, ads have a tougher time making an impact. Here are the WSJ's picks for some of the best and worst advertising this past year.


6 New Year's Resolutions for Consumers

It is time to make a fresh start with your finances. Here are consumerwise tips to follow during the new year (and they're easier than sticking to a diet).

The Counterintuitive Way to Reduce Debt

loans If you need to go on a money diet because you over-extended yourself during holiday shopping sprees, here's some different advice. The conventional wisdom is to payoff the most expensive debts first. The new thinking from psychologists is to pay off the smallest debts first to give you more of a sense of accomplishment.

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Mouse Print* -- With So Many Coupon Exclusions at Kmart, What’s Left to Buy?

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Bargain of the Week

Free Cellphone Service... Really

From Wednesday 1/6 til Noon on Saturday only... (but they repeat similar offers periodically.) RingPlus, which is a reseller of Sprint cell services (a so-called MVNO), is offering their most generous FREE plan ever. With no strings attached, they will give you free, per month: 1800 talk minutes, 1800 texts (but MMS is 4 cents), and 1800 megs of high-speed 4G LTE data (that is 1.8 gigs). You will need a Sprint smartphone (and some others are allowed) that is not currently in use, or go to a Best Buy store (or Kmart) and buy a Sprint PREPAID phone but read reviews and do NOT have Best Buy activate it. (Their Moto E was $39.99, but now jumped to $69.99.) On the RingPlus website, check the MEID number from your old phone or the new Sprint Prepaid phone (on outside of box) to make sure it will activate on their system. Then, sign up for the "Cézanne" plan. Lastly, open the box of your new phone and turn it on. It should automatically activate. Note, you have to make a $20 deposit that will get whittled down only if you go over your limit or request a service not covered by the plan. Only if and when you get down to zero, will another $20 be charged. Suggestion: don't ditch your current cell plan until you see how you like RingPlus.

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Get Cash for Unwanted Gift Cards

Consumer Reports compares the various services that buy unwanted gift cards to see which will give you the most money. The answer is it varies, so you have to check several before trying to sell your cards.

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