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Week of June 3, 2024
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Consumer News Quickies

Best and Worst Days to Buy Gas

How the Price of the Same Burger Varies Across the Country


Home Depot Security Camera Flags Carts for Inspection

Which Is Better For You: Greek or Regular Yogurt?

Here We Go Again: ACs Soon to Discontinue Current Refrigerant

CFPB Announces Protections for Buy Now, Pay Later Plan Users

Former Miss NY Loses $2,000 in Zelle Scam

Learn the Dementia-Olive Oil Connection

The Move to All-Inclusive Pricing Raises Legal Questions

CA Proposal Would Make Your Car Beep When Speeding

Some Shoppers Going Into Debt to Buy Groceries

Beware Errors in Google AI Overview Search Results

Companies Most Often Impersonated in Scams

FTC Has a New Rule Against Impersonating Gov't and Companies

Will Lawsuit Against Ticketmaster Result in Lower Prices?

In Test, 44% of Credit Reports Had Errors

Chipotle Says Portion Sizes Have Not Shrunk

Cereals With Most Nutrients and Low Sugar

Writing Reviews in Present Tense Gets More Thumbs Up (WSJ Pass if needed)

WSJ Puts 5 Leading AI Bots to the Test (WSJ Pass if needed)

10 Android Phone Settings to Tweak to Improve Battery Life

Is Amazon's Return Procedure Dissuading Some From Returning Items?

Like Airlines, Giant Food Limits Size of Bags You Can Bring

Grocery Shoppers Are Buying More Store Brands

Orange Juice Prices Reaching All-Time Highs

Walgreens Cutting 1,300 Prices

Consumer Help Columnist Shares Best Advice to Resolve Complaints

California Insurance Crisis Means Higher Bills

Some Spend 2+ Hours Daily "Dreamscrolling" Things They Want to Acquire

Visa/MC Settle High ATM Fee Lawsuit

The Color of Your Car Is Tied to How Much It Depreciates!

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Mouse Print*-- Consumer Reports Relaxes Its Non-Commercialization Policy

mouse print Since the founding of Consumer Reports in 1936, they have not allowed companies to use their name, ratings, or test results in advertising. Guess what? The policy has changed for companies willing to pay the price and follow a strict set of rules. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

This Fine Print Is Guaranteed to Make You Laugh

fine print Most people don't read the fine print terms and conditions or product warnings because they are too long, boring, and often unintelligible. But the fine print examples in this story, often on product labels, will leave you howling with laughter. Okay, maybe just chuckling. Here is one example.

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Highest/Lowest Rated Health Insurance Plans

doctor JD Power interviewed almost 30,000 commercial health insurance policyholders across the country. They inquired about ability to get service, coverage offerings, complaint handling, quality of online portal, etc. See how the major health insurers in your area rated. There are huge differences in ratings between the best and worst companies.

Consumer Alert

Pet Cremation Service Scams Grieving Pet Parents

It added insult to injury when these pet parents not only lost their beloved 20-year-old cat but got scammed by the pet cremation service they hired. They spent a ton of money and got nothing in return. And not even their local TV station could get them the service they paid for.

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Bargain of the Week

Walmart Meat Settlement - Last Chance to File a Claim

If you bought meat, poultry, or fish sold by weight at Walmart between October 19, 2018 and January 19, 2024, you may be entitled to $10 if you bought up to 50 packages and don't have receipts. The deadline to file a claim is Wednesday, June 5th. This is the result of a $45-million class action settlement that we wrote about here.

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Consumer Reports

Before You Buy a Portable Air Conditioner, Read This

Consumer Reports doesn't mince words when testing portable air conditioners. "They should be seen as a last resort for cooling a home when fans aren't enough or other types of air conditioners aren't an option." Here's why. (Ratings not free.)

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