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10 Common Tax Filing Errors

IRS There are 10 common errors that many taxpayers make every year. Here is list one, and here is a list from the IRS itself.

Nearly Half of AT&T Customers Overpay for Wireless Data Plans

Neither AT&T nor Verizon offers unlimited data plans for new customers. Many, however, are grandfathered into their $29.99 unlimited plans. A new study from Consumer Reports says that nearly half of AT&T customers are overpaying because they use so little data, they could save money by switching to a $20 a month metered plan. (Most Verizon customers do not have a cheaper alternative, so if you have their unlimited plan, stick with it.)

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Supermarkets Stake Out Positions on "Pink Slime" in Ground Beef

ground beef As reported here a few weeks ago, a cheap filler made from scraps of beef and fat trimming is being added to 70% of ground beef nationally. How can you tell if your store does it? You can't. There is no labeling requirement. At least in Massachusetts, you can find out because Consumer World asked a dozen chains what their policy was. Many big chains are now announcing they are dropping pink slime from their stores, including Safeway, Kroger, Stop & Shop, SuperValu, Food Lion, and more.

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.]


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  • That Prize Check You Get in the Mail is a Scam
  • Beware of Scam Calls Offering Free Diabetes Supplies
  • FAA Considers Allowing Electronics Use on Flights
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  • Sign the Petition to Mandate Free FICO Credit Scores
  • NY Times Cuts in Half Number of Free Articles
  • Would You Pay $100 to Bypass the Airport Scanner?
  • Some Landlords Requiring Tenants to Carry Insurance
  • Consumer Reports Accused of Schmear Job in Bagel Ratings
  • 6 Do's and Don'ts to Save Money on a Bath Remodel
  • Scam Promises Fake Tax Refund
  • In South Africa, They Dictate How Sheets Must be on Toilet Paper Rolls!
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  • Consumers Who Lie Have More Extreme Reactions
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  • Your Options if You Need a Mobile Hotspot
  • FTC Shutters Two More Fake News Sites Peddling Acai Berry
  • FTC Study: Consumers Don't Know Their Rights if ID is Stolen
  • You Can't Sue Generic Drugmakers for Failure to Warn
  • Some Car Dealers Lie When Promising to Pay Off Your Trade

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  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
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  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
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    Mouse Print* -- No Joke: Ralphs Dropping Double Coupons on April 1

    mouse print Ralphs supermarket in Southern California is making a big announcement about changes to its rewards program this week. Hidden in the fine print is the fact that it is dropping double coupons. That story is this week in Mouse Print* .

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    I don't know why in the world T-Mobile is doing this, but they now have free apps for cellphones (iPhone and Android), tablets, and computer browsers that let you call your Facebook friends (Facebook account required, but not for browser version), or call any US or Canadian landline or cellphone for free (but this taps your data allowance). Landline calls are limited to 75 minutes. Go to, iTunes, or Android Market to download the Bobsled version that you want. Unlike Google Voice, you are NOT assigned a telephone number, so you cannot currently get a call from a landline.

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