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Hospital Ratings

doctor Consumer Reports just compiled data for thousands of hospitals nationwide and gave each a safety score. The safety score is a summary of five categories that relate to hospital safety: avoiding infections, avoiding readmissions, communicating about medications and discharge, appropriate use of chest and abdominal scanning, and avoiding mortality. A Consumer Reports subscription is required to see individual ratings, but you can get a free 30-day trial subscription (be sure to cancel). Here is an alternative hospital safety rating service: Leapfrog.

New Tool Gives Walmart Shoppers Refunds If Competitors are Cheaper

cart Walmart is testing a new tool called Savings Catcher in select cities that will allow customers to easily compare the prices of groceries they just bought at Walmart with the advertised prices of competitors. Here's how it works: If the tool finds a lower price, you get back the difference on a gift card.


10 Signs You're a Credit Card Addict

credit card Some people over use their credit cards by charging absolutely everything with little regard to whether they can afford the purchases and the ever-accruing finance charges. Here are 10 clues you might be a credit card-aholic.

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Mouse Print* -- No Joke, Sears Advertises Customers' Complaints

mouse print For this April Fools week, we have a true story about Sears. It seems the company automated its recent activity/reviews page on its Shop Your Way website without realizing that customers' complaints and one-star reviews were being published to look like product advertisements. Read'm and laugh. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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HDMI Cables - $1.99 a/r

Tiger Direct is offer 10 foot long HDMI cables (to connect a cable box to an HDTV, for example) for $11.99 but with a $10 rebate card. You can buy up to five cables and get a $50 rebate card. Shipping is free if you are enrolled in American Express' ShopRunner program. Rebate expires 4/6. Note: TigerDirect just raised the price -- these were free over the weekend.

Get $40 of Entertainment Tix for $9

ScoreBig sells entertainment tickets (sports, concerts, amusements, theater, etc.) less than face value and with no fees. Now you can buy a Groupon-like certificate worth $40 toward a ticket purchase and pay only $9 for it at Amazon Local. Buy the $9 voucher by April 15, and redeem it by October 16. [Note, you can purchase any ScoreBig tickets... you are not limited to the Chicago area.] ++

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Look, Ma, This Upright Vacuum Has No Belt!

A new upright vacuum from Sears Kenmore has not belt to break... it's direct drive. And how did it do? According to Consumer Reports, it swept away the competition! [video]

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