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Cheapest Days to Shop Online

After analyzing over 100,000 items at thousands of stores, experts say certain days of the week are better (cheaper) to shop online for electronics, jewelry, books and major appliances. All that aside, individual items at great prices can pop-up anytime, and those are the deals you should grab. (MrConsumer got a Sony 26-inch LCD TV for only $109.99 -- and that was on a Saturday!)

Financial Acumen Declines After 60

A new study says our financial smarts decline starting at age 60. Worse, we don't realize it, and thus are overconfident in our ability to manage money issues.

Get Ready for Airport Delays When Boarding

It is not your imagination that it takes longer to board an airplane these days, with occasional travelers getting the worst of it. Everyone has priority but them in what seems like an endless list of those given a headstart: first class passengers, gold/elite frequent fliers, kids/elders, those paying a priority boarding fee, and finally the poor suckers in "zone 4". Read how experts say the process could be speeded up.

Consumer Quickies

  • Without Debit Fees, Banks Ponder Other Fees
  • Denmark Adds "Fat Tax" on Food High in Saturated Fat; Supermarkets Jack Up Prices Higher than Tax
  • Pretexting Still Key Way to Steal Your Financial Data
  • Lawyer Objects to Class Action Settlements with Too Little Going Back to Victims
  • Planning Tips for Higher Retirement Health Care Costs
  • Living Near a Fast Food Restaurant Does NOT Make You Fat
  • The Longest Lasting Non-Rechargeable AA Battery
  • House Passes Moratorium on New State/Local Taxes on Wireless
  • Bank of America Drops Proposed $5 Debit Fee
  • Consumers Voted with Their Feet to Defeat Debit Fees
  • The Web is Amplifying Consumers' Voices, Concerns
  • Study: Fatty & Sugary Foods Addictive as Cocaine!
  • Hotline Now Open for Foreclosure Complaints
  • Filene's Basement/Syms to Close All Stores
  • From the Everything Old is New Again Dept: Butcher Shops Make a Comeback
  • Why Pay Texting Charges When Services Offer it Free?
  • Scam Offers 89 Cent Prize for Only a $20 Fee
  • Should You Save Boarding Passes to Cellphones?
  • Not All Credit Unions are Squeaky Clean
  • Beware Free Steve Jobs/Mac Scam
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    phonePay only 2.5 cents a minute for long distance on ECG's state-to-state plan. The rate is good all day, with no minimum usage and no monthly fee like $4.95 or $5.95 -- it is just 99 cents as of Jan. 1, 2010, with a 59˘ reg. recovery fee, along with the usual taxes. You are billed online, and must pay automatically by debit/credit. They use real phone lines, and there are no special codes to dial. Six-second billing saves money, and a free 800 number lets the kids call home easily. U.S. based customer service. Instate and HI/AK rates vary. More information. ++

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  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
  • Different Prices Coming for Cash vs. Plastic
  • 2010 Retail Return Policy Survey

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    mouse print With the passing of Andy Rooney last week, it is only fitting that we replay his thoughts on fine print, uttered 17 years before Mouse Print* was born. That story is this week in Mouse Print* .

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    A Coffeemaker that Understands Spoken English?

    Consumer Reports just tested a new coffeemaker from Hamilton Beach that is voice activated. It asks you what time you want it to start your coffee, for example. Whether it understands when you respond is another matter. Watch the Consumer Reports video.

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    Bargain of the Week

    $25 Rebate on AMEX Small Biz Purchases

    American Express is repeating its Small Business Saturday promotion on November 26. Most AMEX credit and charge card holders who spend at least $25 on that day at a SMALL BUSINESS that accepts AMEX will get back a $25 statement credit. National chains do NOT count. You must register your card now.

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