Week of August 21, 2017 (see last week)
Best/Worst State to Grow Old In
Based on a comprehensive study incorporating senior living community reviews, nursing home costs, elderly well-being assessments and more, Caring.com has assembled its annual list of states that offer the best and the worst mixture of senior services, affordability, and overall quality of care for seniors. See also how all 50 states ranked.
The Craziest Movie Ticket Deal Ever
A company called MoviePass has just lowered the price for all you can watch movies in 4000 local theaters across the country to just $9.95 a month. You can see one movie per day. For any movie buff, or even occasional movie goer, this is a crazy deal. You will have to use their app when you arrive at the theater to select your movie. You will be paying with a company debit card number that pays the full price of the movie to the theater. (In many parts of the country, MoviePass will lose money on every ticket you buy, making it an unsustainable business model.) After MoviePass announced its new plan, AMC Theatres said it is examining ways to get out of accepting the pass at its theaters. So, you may want to watch developments before taking the plunge. Here is a directory of participating theaters.
How to Cash in on Cash-Back Credit Cards
Consumer Reports says that the best strategy for some people is to use more than one credit card that offers cash-back benefits. This is called credit card stacking, and different card combinations will work better for different types of families. Use the Consumer Reports "Credit Card Advisor Comparison Tool" to find the right combination of cash-back cards tailored to your spending habits.
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Mouse Print* -- Pret a Manger Accused of Deceptive Sandwich Packaging
Remember the Subway controversy where their foot-long subs were only 11 inches? Well, here we go again with a French lunch chain on the East coast which makes you think their wraps are bigger than they really are.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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Bargain of the Week
Get 15% Back in Points on Grocery Purchases
In the most generous credit card grocery rebate ever, Sears Mastercards and Shop Your Way Mastercards are offering 15% back on your grocery store purchases through September 11th. These are points credited to your Shop Your Way loyalty account at Sears and Kmart. You must use these bonus points by October 1.
See also: Hot Deals
6 Good Microwaves for Under $150
Consumer Reports picked half a dozen medium size microwaves that performed well and are under $150. MrConsumer advises not to buy any unit that is less than 1200 watts unless you can tolerate slower cook times.
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