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Should You Pay More to Use a Credit Card?

credit card It has been legal in 40 states since 2013 for sellers to add a surcharge if you use a credit card, but most merchants have not done that. Ten states ban credit card surcharges, and now the Supreme Court is going to decide if those laws can stand. There is a big debate worldwide about this issue too.

Kiss Those 20% Off Bed, Bath & Beyond Coupons Goodbye (Maybe)

Bed, Bath & Beyond According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Bed, Bath & Beyond is testing a paid membership (like Amazon Prime) that would offer 20% off items and free shipping. The worry among veteran shoppers is that this may spell the end of their ubiquitous 20% off coupons.


Why You Can't Upgrade Your (Not So) Old Android Cellphone's OS

cellphone It's a racket. Your Android cellphone is only a couple of years old, and for some reason you can't upgrade it to the latest Android operating system like "Nougat." According to Ars Technica, your cell carrier, the phone's manufacturer, the chip maker, and Google all share some of the blame.

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Mouse Print* -- Thanks for Nothing #4

mouse print It's not Thanksgiving yet, but nonetheless we are still thankful for these advertising gems from big companies that provide less than they seemingly promise. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat - $99 (and possibly FREE after utility rebate)

Home Depot is offering the Sensi programmable Wi-Fi thermostat for $99.99 through October 18. You can control the thermostat remotely through your smartphone and home wi-fi setup. Check your state/local utility rebate program for a rebate up to $100 on this thermostat, making it free. (Home Depot's website provides a link or check here.) You can use Sensi's compatibility tool to see if it will work with your furnace and air conditioning system. Read more about Sensi here. Also read about the option of having a professional install a "c wire" if not present and the benefits it may provide. MrConsumer's friend LOVES this system.

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Best Dishwashers Under $500

Like other major appliances, dishwashers have skyrocketed in price, with many in the $700 to $800 range. Consumer Reports says you can get a good dishwasher for under $500 if you pick these models.

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