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Week of August 28, 2017 (see last week)

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18 Best Buys at Warehouse Clubs

Costco Warehouse clubs excel at making things seem cheaper, even when they're not the cheapest. Nonetheless, there are some great deals to be had. Here are 18 items that will help you get the most from your membership.

Did You Get a Free Cruise Call?

money If you got a telemarketing call between July 2009 and March 2014 promising a free cruise, you may get up to $300 per call ($900 max) in a class action settlement. These robocalls were made in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. See if your number is on the list of those called, and if so, put in a claim.

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Fly to Europe for $89, Caribbean for $49!

airplane Norwegian Air is running a fall fare sale with some crazy low prices from key American cities. You can fly to Scotland or Ireland for as low as $89 each way. Fares to the Caribbean start at $49. Be warned, however, that baggage, advance seating, and food/drink on board are extra. Only 20,000 seats are available and you must book by September 6. Expect competitors like WOW to match or beat these fares.


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Mouse Print* -- Is Your Samsung Warranty Missing? (It May be No Accident)

mouse print In part 2 of MrConsumer's story about purchasing a Samsung HDTV with some nasty surprises buried in their warranties, he recounts that even getting an actual copy of the warranty was no easy feat. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.


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Bargain of the Week

Free Unlimited Calls/Texts from Comcast Mobile via Verizon Network

If you are in an area with Comcast (and either already have or sign up to get another Comcast service like Internet), you're in luck for this very crazy deal on their new cellphone service. (They buy their service from Verizon, so you are getting the entire Verizon network and reliability.) They do not charge a line charge, so unlimited calls and texting cost nothing (except tax, which is typically between $3 and $4 a month depending on your location). You only pay for data and the first 100 mb of data is free. But then they charge $12 a gig or part thereof or $45 for unlimited 4G LTE data. You must choose one of those two data plans, but according to postings online, you will not be charged the $12 fee if your usage is less than 100 megs. At present, it appears you have to buy one of Comcast's phones (currently $200 off) and activate it. An LG X Charge 5.5" Android phone is only $1 and has a battery that last two days. There is no term commitment (except if buying a more expensive phone and choosing to pay it off in monthly installments). Get more details here.

See also: Hot Deals

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How to Negotiate New Car Prices

Negotiating the price of a new car might feel like pitting an amateur against a team of professionals. But by setting the ground rules early, you can level the playing field. Here are negotiating tips from Consumer Reports.

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