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5 Things That Will Cost Less + 6 Things That Will Cost More in 2014

money What is going up in price, and what will be going down? Expect your cell bill to go down, and the bill to satisfy your chocolate sweet tooth to go up, among other things.

10 Things Dept. Stores Won't Tell You

shopping You have probably figured out by now that department stores play a lot of pricing games to entice you to buy. That's just one of the dirty little secrets of this part of the retail industry.


Financial Resolutions You Might Actually Keep

fingers crossed We all have the best of intentions when making new year's resolutions, but somehow many of them are quickly abandoned. The WSJ asked financial experts to suggest realistic resolutions that people might actually be able to keep for 2014. And here are some apps to help you keep your financial resolutions.

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Mouse Print* -- On Time Delivery Guaranty Gotchas

mouse print Thousands of packages were not delivered in time for Christmas last month, and consumers weren't happy. While some retailers have stepped up to offer compensation, the delivery companies -- UPS and FEDEX -- have been less forthcoming. We examine their on-time service guarantees and find the loopholes that let them escape liability. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Bargain of the Week

TurboTax and Quicken Deal Time

'Tis that time again to look for deals on TurboTax and Quicken (for those with the 2011 version which will stop working online in April). Costco has both on sale: TT Deluxe is $39.99 and Quicken Deluxe is $29.99. If you print those out, get Staples or Best Buy to price match Costco, and then you will be able to get a $40 rebate from Intuit. You must buy both products for the rebate. (Rebate NOT good for purchases made at Target, Walmart or warehouse clubs.) Note: getting the best deal on these is a matter of timing, luck and planning. Last week, for about a day and a half, Amazon offered both products for between $40 and $50 total before rebate.

See also: Hot Deals

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Best Cleaners and Detergents

Consumer Reports recaps its 2013 test results for the best laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, and all-purpose cleaner.

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