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Mouse Print* -- AAA Stops Cramming "Optional" Donation Onto Members' Bills

mouse print In April, we spotlighted the American Automobile Association's practice in some parts of the country of tacking on a one dollar charge to members' bills as an "optional" contribution to their safety foundation. They even included it in the total "amount due." A review of just-issued bills, however, reveals that our little story perhaps got them to stop that nasty practice. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

American Airlines' Policy Changes Could Leave You Stranded

airline When you buy an airline ticket, you don't physically sign a contract where the airline lays out all its rules. Nonetheless, their "conditions of carriage" applies to all customers. AA recently amended those rules. Forbes reports that changes such as only giving you a partial refund if a leg of your trip is cancelled or substantially delayed rather than making efforts to rebook you on a different flight or airline could strand you away from home.


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Most Dependable Car Brands

new car J.D. Power recently surveyed over 33,000 owners of 2018 vehicles after three years of ownership to determine which car brands were the most reliable. Overall, Lexus, Porche and Kia topped the list, with Tesla, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, and Land Rover coming in last. Specific models of cars that did well are listed by category such as for compact cars, SUVs, etc.

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Why Uber and Lyft Have Gotten So Expensive

During the past year, ride hailing companies' rates have gone up by about 50%. Yikes! What's going on here? According to the Wall Street Journal several factors are at play including a shortage of drivers, increased gas prices, drivers' preference for delivering food rather than people, discontinuation of discounts to riders, etc. Some drop in prices is expected this month as federal unemployment benefits run out nationally.

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Bargain of the Week

Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal After Rebate

Buy up to a 27 oz. box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, upload your receipt, and get a rebate of up to $6.55 via Venmo, PayPal or mail. Offer ends 9/30 or when two million rebates have been processed. Not valid RI, CT, ND, or Miami Dade County.

Free Oil Change, Car Wash, and Interior Cleaning

Until September 30, Mazda is offering educators (see fine print of offer by clicking the "1" on the offer page) a free oil change and car wash. "Educator" is a defined term so read the rules carefully about who is covered and what proof must be provided. You do NOT need to have a Mazda. What a deal as Mazda thanks educators for their service!

Free Wine After Rebate

Until September 30, if you live in certain states and buy any Barefoot wine product, you can get an online rebate (via PayPal, Venmo, or e-check) for up to $9.99. If you shop around, you can get a 1.5 liter bottle of Barefoot wine for that price. Offer void in: AL, AR, CA, CO, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV.

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Consumer Reports

How to Eat Less Plastic

You read that headline correctly. According to scientists, we consume the equivalent of a credit-card-worth of micro-plastics each week in our food and water. That is five grams of plastic. This story explains the problem and suggests ways to use and eat less plastic.

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