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Why Shoppers Will Have Fewer Product Choices Maybe for Good

Progresso Cuts 40 Soups From Its Line


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Mouse Print* -- Midas Hides a Lot of Stuff in the Fine Print

mouse print MrConsumer had his oil changed last week, and only after he got home did he realize that Midas pulled a fast one. See how they try to make junk fees and unexpected spam part of the deal. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Support Small Business, and Get $5 Back on $10+ Purchases Up to 10 Times!

American Express American Express is encouraging you to "shop small" months earlier than usual, and they will reward AMEX cardholders handsomely. Spend $10 or more (after taxes) at qualified small businesses(see map) or search this list, and get a statement credit for $5. You can do this up to 10 times! You must register your American Express card by July 26, and finish all your shopping by September 20th. Be sure to check the fine print.


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Don't Buy Counterfeit Masks

counterfeit masks It is really hard to tell if masks you order online actually provide the +95% filtration that is promised on KN95 masks. The CDC offers these tips to help spot counterfeit masks. Here is a list of mask manufacturers and models that have emergency approval despite not having official NIOSH testing. The bottom of the list has no longer approved masks. Other lists indicate effectiveness of filtration of various brands. Here, in a separate story, is a user's guide to masks from NPR.

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Even Wall Street's Fearless Girl Wears a Mask

Fearless girl

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Bargain of the Week

Buy 3 Household Cleaners, Get $10 Target Gift Card

Buy three select household cleaners at Target, such as Tide 92-oz ($11.99), Tide Pods 42-ct ($11.99), Downy 129 oz. ($9.99), Persil 100 oz. $11.99, etc., get a $10 Target gift card immediately. Target Circle [join if not already a member] has $3 off coupons on both of these Tide products and Gain pods, and some other P&G coupons are in the Sunday P&G coupon insert or possibly at So, you could pay $4.99 each net depending on what you buy and which coupons you can find. Offer ends July 11.

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Consumer Reports

Which Manufacturers Make the Most Reliable Major Appliances?

Consumer Reports just published a consolidated chart listing all the major appliance manufacturers and a score of how reliable each is for major categories like refrigerators, washers, etc.

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