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Kars4Kids Under MN-AG Scrutiny

Kars4Kids We've all heard the radio and TV ads with the catchy (and annoying) 1-800-Kars4Kids jingle. It turns out that nationally it gives less 44% of the proceeds from sales of donated old cars to charity. And in Minnesota, where the state AG is crying foul, the charity spent less than 1% of the Minnesota donations on MN kids. Here also is a CBS News report with video.

Shopping for Car Insurance? New Company Rankings Released!

car J.D. Power questioned over 16,000 car insurance buyers to find out which companies had the best variety of offerings, good prices, and achieved high levels of customer satisfaction in the insurance buying process. On top, not counting USAA which is only available to military families, for five years in a row, is Erie Insurance. Who's that? Toward the bottom of the rankings are widely advertised brands like Progressive and Allstate. Note: the brand chart does NOT relate to satisfaction with claims paying.


Got a Problem Product? Consider a Chargeback!

problem product The beauty of putting a purchase on a credit card rather than a debit card is that you have federal chargeback rights. If the product did not arrive, was misrepresented, is defective, etc. and the seller won't make it right, you may not have to pay for it. Technically, you must first try to resolve the problem with the seller. If that fails, you need to write to the credit card issuer asking for a "chargeback." While it investigates, you don't have to pay for the disputed item on your bill. See the back of your credit card statement for details.

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Mouse Print* -- Keeps Warranties Secret and That Could be Costly to You

mouse print This is the unfortunate story of a computer purchase gone wrong because kept mum about the PC's warranty and the purchaser made an incorrect assumption about it. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.

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Military/Vets: Get 10% Off at Lowe's

Lowe's is expanding its military discount program to be good year-round. Current and former military families can sign up to save 10% on most personal purchases. It is unclear if the discount will or will not apply to sale prices.

Get a Target Debit Card, Save an Extra 10%; + 5% Everyday

Until May 20, if you apply for a Target debit card, they will send you a coupon for an extra 10% off. But, you always get 5% off everyday when you use your card, plus free shipping, and a longer return period. The money for purchases comes directly out of your checking account, just like your regular debit card. ++

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Top Window Air Conditioners

Consumer Reports just released test results of window air conditioners in various sizes. See their top choices. Be wary of their indoor noise ratings. Units in the past that they rated as quiet were anything but in MrConsumer's view.

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