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Week of March 25, 2024
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How to Protect Your Child (or Grandchild) From ID Theft

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Mouse Print*-- Fine Print Is Not Just in Print Anymore

mouse print We're celebrating April Fool's Day a week early with a little bit of consumer humor. Remember those FedEx commercials of 20 years ago with rapid-talker John Moschitta giving his spiel. We found a financial advice radio commercial where the disclosures are rattled off so fast, it makes the FedEx guy seem like a slow-talker. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Which Is Better: Dairy Milk or Plant Milk?

milk The Washington Post pitted dairy milk against plant milk to see how the beverages compare in 12 categories, including nutrition, cost, environmental impact and even how well they make frothy coffee. Can you guess which one won? In a separate story, another food that helps improve bone health is... prunes!


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Readers' Choice Awards for Best Customer Support and Service in Travel

airplane Travel expert Christopher Elliott polls his readers annually asking which companies, primarily in the travel industry, provided the best service. For airlines, they picked Delta. For car rentals, Enterprise. For cruise lines, Viking. See more than a dozen more categories of service providers ranked for 2024.

Hidden Camera Investigation

Undercover Investigation Reveals Banks Pressure Customers Into Products Not Right for Them

A hidden camera investigation in Canada reveals that five big banks up there try to convince customers they need certain bank products and services that they really don't need or that are inappropriate for them. Customers were pitched everything from pricey credit cards to lines of credit, given poor advice about debt and misinformation about mutual funds. Why? Sales pressure from managers force workers to try to meet sales targets. If it is happening there, it may be happening here too.

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Bargain of the Week

Hellman's Mayonnaise - $2.50 - $2.99

Have you seen the price of mayonnaise lately? Sometimes it is nearly seven dollars. Yikes. This week, a number of stores are offering 30 oz. jars of Hellman's (presumably Best brand in the west too) for around $3. With digital coupon, find that price at Star Market, Stop & Shop, and Shaw's in the Northeast. Other chains around the country should be making similar offers. Target Circle members should clip both the 10% off coupon (ends March 30) and the $3 off coupon (ends April 10), which depending on your store's regular price will bring it down to between $2.44 and $2.78.

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Consumer Reports

The Pink Tax Costs People - Usually Women - Up to 48% More for Personal Care Products

Consumer Reports says that women often pay more than men for essentially similar products. Here's what they found.

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