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CPSC Investigating Fires from Amazon Basics Electronics After CNN Report

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Mouse Print* -- Hey Breyers, Where Are the Vanilla Beans?

mouse print One of the things that Breyers vanilla ice cream is known for is having those black flecks of vanilla beans in every scoop. Recently, MrConsumer bought a carton of their lactose free vanilla. Guess what was missing despite still being depicted on the carton? That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Which Car Insurance Companies Are Tops?

car insurance J.D. Power just released its 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study that examines customer satisfaction in five areas: billing process and policy information; claims; interaction; policy offerings; and price. The study surveyed nearly 40,000 auto insurance customers. Car insurers and their rankings vary around the country, so look for the chart for your region.


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How to Find Out Hospital Costs in Advance

hospital Under the Hospital Price Tranparency Rule (see details of the rule) requires hospitals to publish the prices for 300 common procedures. Well, a Boston student decided to test the new system at local hospitals. She found incredible differences in prices for those with insurance and those without. And whether you had insurance or not, the prices for the same procedure varied dramatically from hospital to hospital.

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The Lockdown is Over and We're Coming Back

This feel good Extra gum commercial celebrates coming out of our cocoons after COVID.

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Bargain of the Week

Get 3% Cash Back on ALL Purchases with This Visa Signature Card

MrConsumer is pleased to share with you his primary credit card: It is from USAlliance federal credit union and for the next year, it pays 3% cash back on all purchases (not just at supermarkets and gas stations). We are not aware of any other card with this generous an across-the-board rebate.

And even better, it has virtually all the traditional credit card benefits like extended warranty [not shown on linked list, but does come with the card), price protection, return protection, travel insurance, cellphone coverage and more. It no longer has CDW for rental cars, however.

You must collect 2,500 points (3 points for every dollar spent) before you can cash in your points for a $25 statement credit toward your balance. If approved for the card, you will have to open a free no minimum balance savings or checking account at the credit union.

After June 30, 2022, the card reverts to being a 2% cash back card on all purchases -- still a great deal because unlike many large card issuers, it will retain most benefits.

Get the Last Entertainment Coupon Book EVER

June 23 is the final day you will EVER be able to buy a physical Entertainment Coupon Book again with hundreds of discounts on restaurants, attractions, travel and merchandise. They are going all digital for 2022. Books are regionalized and for the next few days, all books are only $5 with free shipping. Coupons expire at the end of 2021. ++

Monday and Tuesday ONLY: $20 Off $50 Purchase During Amazon Prime Days for SOME Citi Cardholders

Amazon Prime Day is Monday and Tuesday this week. For select Citi customers ONLY: if you register your Citi credit card as a payment method on Amazon, and have and use as little as one "Thank You" point from your Citi rewards account for your Amazon purchase of $50 or more, you will get $20 off the order total. To see if your account qualifies for $20 off $50, follow these instructions. Offer ends Tuesday. ++

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Men's Health Checklist Decade by Decade

Celebrate dad by urging him to stay healthy and follow these guidelines for men his age when it comes to getting certain health tests and taking preventive steps.

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