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Chain Drugstore Prices Compared

drugstores Cheapism compared out-of-pocket prices at the country’s largest chain pharmacies — CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and Kroger. Both prescription and over-the-counter drug and personal care prices were checked. See the winner in each category.

Is (Dark) Chocolate Really Good for You?

chocolate Periodically, studies are published suggesting the health benefits of chocolate, usually dark chocolate. Well, the Washington Post took a closer look. Nutrition experts say that it really isn't the chocolate that is potentially good for you, but the flavanols in it that may have heart and blood pressure benefits. But, eating a lot of chocolate to up your intake of flavanols comes with a lot of calories, fat, and sugar -- not exactly healthy. The bottom line seems to be to think of chocolate as an occasional treat, not a health food.



Protecting Seniors From Fraud

seniors The Federal Trade Commission just issued a report that says that older Americans are less likely to report they have been victims of scams than younger ones. But, their losses tend to be greater. However, the report also says that younger people are more susceptible to scams. Here is a summary of the report, and the full version.

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Mouse Print* -- Beware This Disingenuous Discount

mouse print Savvy bargain hunters know to look for a coupon code or promo code when buying online because that will provide an extra discount when you check out. In this example from the Bath and Body Works website, just the opposite happens sometimes when you enter a coupon code. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts

Veterans and active duty personnel are entitled to these restaurant and store freebies/discounts on November 11 -- list 1, and list 2. Qualifications vary by location.

Dell 24-inch Monitor - $109.99 with coupon

This Dell monitor, U2412M, is an amazing $109.99 after adding coupon 48492 during checkout at This monitor has an extra one-inch high of screen space because its resolution is 1920x1200. It does not have an HDMI port, however, but a port it does have can be converted to HMDI with an adapter. MrConsumer paid more than double this price for a comparable model six years ago. Comes with a three-year warranty. Deal and coupon expiration dates unknown.

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Shop Smarter for Supplements

The promise of supplements is pretty powerful: they'll ease your pain, boost your immunity, settle your stomach, strengthen your heart, sharpen your memory, and more. So it's perhaps remarkable that there's not, to date, a lot of solid evidence that supplements do what people hope they will. In a series of stories, Consumer Reports suggests smarter ways to navigate the supplement aisle.

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