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Week of May 27, 2024
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Mouse Print*-- Kettle Chips: When Cutting the Fat Doesn't Cut the Calories

mouse print Weight-conscious Memorial Day picnickers might have thought they could cut some calories on potato chips by buying the air-fried variety. Think again and check the label, just as we did. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

How Hard Is It to Buy a House Today?

house Between inflation, high interest rates, and a shortage of homes for sale in many areas, what's a homebuyer to do? On a 0 to 100 scale, NBC News developed an index of how difficult it is today to buy a home in counties all over America. (100 is the hardest.) Each state is also color-coded to help you find counties easier.


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The Fascinating History of CVS

cvs Stanley Goldstein died last week at the age of 89. Who was he? He co-founded CVS in 1963 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Back then it was called Consumer Value Stores. Why did they eventually shortened the name? It was cheaper making store signs with just three letters! Here's a loving tribute to Stanley.

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Now Restaurant Reservations Cost Money

It is the latest assault on your wallet. If you want a reservation at a popular New York restaurant you now have to pay perhaps hundreds of dollars... and that is only for the reservation. Just the way people resell sports and concert tickets, now would-be scalpers make free reservations at hot restaurants and go online to sell them. NBC reports.

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Bargain of the Week

Take Harvard University Courses Free

Harvard X is offering about 150 online courses and programs free from Harvard University. Many of them just began on May 3. See the list.

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Consumer Reports

Advantages and Disadvantages of U-Shaped Window Air Conditioners

As temperatures rise, you may be in the market for a window air conditioner. Midea, for one, has these new-fangled u-shaped units for sale. Consumer Reports explains the pros and cons of this new type of a/c. Ratings not free.

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