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Mouse Print* -- Caution: You Could Get Overcharged on Some Advertised Sale Items at

mouse print If you are a sale shopper at, be careful. We found half a dozen items advertised at deep discounts last week in their online circular, but when added to your shopping cart, all the discounts disappeared. Thus, you could have been overcharged if you were not paying close attention. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

FICO Changes Could Lower Your Credit Score

credit score Fair Isaac Corp., creator of FICO credit scores, will soon start scoring consumers more harshly if they have rising debt levels or fall behind on loan payments. Consumers with already-high FICO scores of about 680 or higher who continue to manage loans well will likely get a higher score than under previous FICO versions. Those with already-low scores below 600 who continue to miss payments or accumulate other black marks will experience bigger score declines than under previous FICO score versions.


Are You Privacy Insensitive or a Privacy Chicken?

privacy chicken MrConsumer has long said he is privacy-insensitive. For instance, if someone wants to maintain a database of everything he buys with his loyalty card, fine. Well, he met his match with this New York Times "game" that tests exactly how comfortable you feel parting with personal information. It is called "Privacy Chicken" and if you get to level 18, you technically win (but will have demonstrated a careless disregard for your personal information). Where do you draw the line giving the NY Times and the makers of this game your info? Note: the privacy policy for the game promises to delete your personal information with 30 minutes after you play. Play now.


Mr. Peanut Killed in Tragic Accident; Funeral Planned During Super Bowl

Mr. Peanut In a brilliant publicity stunt, Planters announced that the 104-year-old spokesnut for its brand was killed in a tragic accident [watch ad]. The 30-second or one-minute funeral will be held during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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Bargain of the Week

Buy 3 Crest Toothpaste, Make a Buck!

The cover of this week's Walgreens circular has certain varieties of Crest toothpaste for $2.99 each. And if you buy three (look for store signs to see the right ones), you get a $5 register reward toward other purchases. But first, go online to your Walgreens Balance Rewards account and search coupons for "Crest." There is a $5 off manufacturer's coupon good when purchasing three tubes. So you'll wind up making a buck on this deal net. Offer ends Feb. 1.

See also: Hot Deals

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In the Future, Electricity May Be Wireless

Imagine roaming the world and your cellphone and laptop keep working because they are charged by electricity in the air. Here are some of the coming technologies that could make electricity act like WiFi.

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