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Week of January 21, 2019 (see last week)

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Mouse Print* -- Chevy Pulls Misleading TV Ads

mouse print Chalk one up for our trusty mouse. After we cried foul about a new Chevy ad campaign in which the car maker claimed it was more reliable than Toyota, Honda, Ford and 23 other car brands, GM pulled the campaign off the air. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Part 2: Get Free Reports on Your Insurance, Rental, Employment, and Medical History

credit report It is not just credit bureaus that have a file on you. If you have recently applied for a job, made an insurance claim, been denied a return at a retail store, rented an apartment, or had other business transactions, there is likely a database file with your name on it. Here is how and where to get a free copy.


TrueCar's Low Price/No Haggle Claims Challenged

new car As one of the leading car buying services, TrueCar has advertised widely over the years that it can make car buying less painful by providing a "no haggle" system that gets you a guaranteed low price. Now car dealers, car shoppers, and a nonprofit consumer organization beg to differ.


16 Ways to Stream Movies and TV Free

TV Many cable companies raise prices at the beginning of the year. So, if you are considering alternatives, here are some free ways to watch TV and movies. In addition, here are several services that cost less than Netflix, particularly after the rate hike they announced last week.

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Bargain of the Week

Hershey's Gold - 10oz. Bag - 33 Cents a/c

If you like caramel-coated pretzels and peanuts, you can get a 10 ounce bag of Hershey's Gold for only 33 to 51 cents when using a $2 off manufacturer's coupon and a 30% off Target Cartwheel coupon [free acct needed], thru January 26. Instructions are here. Coupons disappear without notice, so hurry.

See also: Hot Deals

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Lots of Preventative Care is Supposed to Be Free, But Patients Are Being Billed Up the Kazoo

Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) many types of preventative care are supposed to be free. These patients knew that, but were billed anyway. Here are their stories and what you can do if it happens to you.

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