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Pink Slime Found in 70% of Ground Beef

Two former meat inspectors have blown the whistle on a common meat industry practice of adding "pink slime" [beware auto start to video/sound] to ground beef. Scraps of fat with bits of meat (formerly used for dog food) are melted down and processed into frozen blocks of gunk, and added to most ground beef sold in this country. So far, Publix, Costco, HEB and Whole Foods say they don’t use pink slime.

BillGuard Automatically Checks Your Bills for Fake Charges

credit cards A new free service called BillGuard checks your credit card statement daily for questionable charges, such as a $9.95 monthly charge for some type of membership club you never actually signed up for ("cramming"). It will warn you about suspicious charges based on the security checks it does, and how other people have commented on similar charges. You will have to provide read-only access to your credit cards' online statement to them.

How to Get Free Food and More

Old Way: Sing for Your Supper
New Way: Tweet for a Free Meal

American Express has partnered with Twitter to offer you exclusive discounts loaded automatically onto your AMEX card if you tweet certain hashtags to your friends. For example, buy $5 at McDonald's, get a $5 AMEX statement credit. Or, make a $75 purchase at Whole Foods (perish the thought) and get back $20 on your card. Sync your AMEX card to your Twitter account here. See currently available discounts here.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]


Consumer Quickies

  • HDTV Specs That Matter, and Those That Don't
  • Who Uses Coupons Today Will Surprise You
  • Serving Size Scam Can Add Double the Calories
  • Campbell's Announces BPA-free Cans of Soup
  • Canned and Bottled Groceries Giving Way to Pouches
  • How She Got Heating Oil for a Penny a Gallon
  • Latest Class Action: High-Priced Snacks at the Movies
  • Scam Alerts: Fake IRS Tax Refunds, Wal-mart Giftcard Offer
  • Avoiding Tax Problems that Can Arise in Divorces
  • Many Employees Shun Roth 401(K)
  • Strategies to Get the Maximum Social Security
  • BBB Co-Creates Secure Site to Text $ to Charities
  • Time Warner Offering Discount for Limiting Net Access
  • Doctors Misinterpret Statistics in Medical Studies
  • 10 Commandments for Being a Smart Consumer
  • Delta Tries to Weasel Out of Price Match Request
  • Cruise Calamities Trigger 10%+ Price Cuts
  • Sony Unveils "No Discounting" Policy in US
  • Carcinogen Found in Diet and Regular Coke/Pepsi
  • Coke, Pepsi to Change Carmel Additive
  • FDA Warns Breathable Caffeine Maker over Claims
  • If You Lose Your Smartphone, Is Your Data Safe?
  • NY Investigating Unexpected High Out-of-Network Medical Fees
  • Nutty Research: Late Alphabet Surnames Respond Faster to Offers
  • Drugmakers Sued Over Co-Pay Coupons
  • How to Sell Your Old iPad
  • MI State Rep. Sues Wal-mart; Result of Lack of Item Pricing
  • New Hearing Aid Streams Sound from TV, Smartphone
  • Uses Humor to Pitch Cheap Blades
  • Soon Your Android Device May React if You Wave Your Hand
  • $1 Fries and Drinks Bumped from McD's Dollar Menu

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