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10 Things Vitamin Makers Won't Tell You

vitamins Does the alphabet soup of vitamins on the market and the claims they make have you confused? That is just one of the problems in a largely unregulated vitamin market. See the other (not so) dirty little secrets that vitamin makers don't want you to know.

What to Buy or Not Buy in May

shopping bags Continuing its monthly series of shopping tips, DealNews says that laptop deals will be plentiful (think graduation gift), and that we should look forward to even bigger sales on Memorial Day weekend.


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Cable Companies Put Customers' Safety at Risk by Eliminating Free Backup Batteries in Phone Equipment

Phone Plain old telephone service was always reliable because you could get a dial tone even during a power outage. When cable companies switched to digital telephone service delivered over cable lines, we were told not to worry because there was a backup battery in the telephone modem. Now companies are slowly removing those backup batteries and charging around $35 if you still want one.

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Mouse Print* -- If You Don’t Read the Fine Print of Cable Ads…

mouse print For some reason, cable companies in particular use advertising to make you think your monthly cost is going to be less than the actual price you have to pay. We're not talking about all the added charges for equipment, taxes, and fees (which are substantial), but rather the games these companies play when promoting just the monthly service charge. We show you three examples. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Bargain of the Week

$10 off a $20 Purchase at GNC

If you need health food or vitamins, here is a coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase at General Nutrition Centers. It is valid through June at stores only.

Free Neosporin Essentials After up to $13.99 Rebate

Get up to $13.99 back when you buy Neosporin Essentials Trial Pack. It contains three products: a cleanser, moisturing cream, and an anti-itch cream. Must purchase by May 12. Print rebate form. Get a $2 off coupon here.

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Protect Your Smartphone from Wireless Threats

Almost half of smartphone users have not protected their phones from wireless threats. Here are some things you can do to protect your privacy and data from malware and other threats.

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