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Mouse Print* -- More Groceries Hit by "Skimpflation" - Part 1

mouse print This week and next, we'll be showing you groceries that have been subject to "skimpflation." That is a new term meaning that a manufacturer has quietly reformulated a product, eliminating some expensive ingredients, and often replacing them with cheaper ones. Skimpflation is shrinkflation's evil cousin. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Should You Repair or Replace That Major Appliance?

major appliances It's an age-old question: is it worth repairing that major appliance or should you just buy a new one? Now Consumer Reports is helping to answer that question by creating this interactive chart. Depending on the appliance's age, original cost, and the repair cost, the chart recommends either repair or replacement.


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Treasury Bills Now Earning Almost 4%

savings With interest rates going up, savers can benefit too. Six-month treasury bills, which can be purchased for as little as $100, are paying close to four-percent interest. You buy these at Treasury Direct, the same place you can still get series I savings bonds paying 9.62% through October. Here are some more details.

Oh How Those Famous Brand Groceries Have Changed

Ingredient Inspector A veteran of the food marketing industry, the Ingredient Inspector seeks out products that are the closest to homemade and points the finger at manufacturers that change their recipes substituting less healthy, less natural, or cheaper ingredients. This week, in conjunction with our spotlight on skimpflation, the Ingredient Inspector shows you how several products of yesteryear have been changed, and not usually for the better.

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Bargain of the Week

2 Tubes of Colgate Toothpaste -- 98 Cents After e-Coupon

CVS is running their great Colgate toothpaste sale again. Buy two of these 12 varieties (mostly 3 to 4 oz. sizes), clip the $7 e-Coupon online or in the CVS app, and pay only 98 cents for both tubes combined. Offer ends Saturday, October 1.

Free Weekly Credit Reports Extended Thru 2023

The big three credit reporting agencies just agreed to offer consumers free credit reports weekly through 2023. The normal rule, pre-COVID, was you were entitled to one free report a year from each bureau.

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Do You Need a Water Flosser Like a Waterpik?

Consumer Reports examines the differences between flossing your teeth with conventional dental floss versus a water flosser like a Waterpik. Here are their conclusions.

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