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Week of October 2, 2023
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Mouse Print*-- Is This the Future of Consumer Journalism?

mouse print This week we take a glimpse into the possible future of consumer news, and perhaps journalism itself. There is a surprising disclosure at the end of the story we show you. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Home Costly Home: States With Highest/Lowest Property Tax; 10 Least Expensive States to Own a Home

house A new study finds the payments a homeowner makes over the span of living in a home are almost twice as much as the cost of the average US house. Here are the 10 least expensive states when factoring in many key costs of homeownership. And one of the biggest expenses is property tax. Here are the 10 states with the highest and lowest property tax rates.


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Yelp Publishes List of Companies Using Alleged Fake/Paid Reviews

fake reviews Yelp, best known for its restaurant reviews by real consumers, is proactive in flagging suspicious reviews that may be phony or paid for. They proactively investigate attempts to manipulate a business's ratings and reviews, and may place an alert on a business page to warn people about suspicious or misleading review activity. Over the past 11 years, the site has flagged almost 5,000 companies. Here are the types of alerts they post. Here are the most recent alerts. We could not find a search function however, which makes the list virtually useless.

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Inside Look at Consumer Reports

On Sunday Morning last week, Leslie Stahl visited Consumer Reports' testing facilities to give viewers an inside look at how the organization evaluates products.

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Bargain of the Week

Earn $20 in Rewards for Each Vaccination at Walgreens

For MyWalgreens Rewards members only (join here)... Get up to three vaccinations at Walgreens between October 4th through 7th, and get $20 in MyWalgreens Rewards for EACH one. You get one coupon for each vaccine. You must then buy at least $1 in merchandise, enter your phone number or scan your MyWalgreens card, pay for the item with other than already accumulated rewards, and give the checkout clerk ONE of the coupons. Your account should be credited with $20 during these dates. Repeat the process with addtional coupons. You can only use that $20 toward future purchases. Other discounts/rewards being offered during this time period also.

Buy 10 General Mills Products, Get $25 Back

If you buy 10 General Mills products (see participating items) in ONE transaction and at a participating store (see list at top of prior link), you can get a $25 online rebate (via PayPal, Venmo, or a digital Visa card). Make purchases by October 31, and submit your receipt here by November 30.

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How to Get Rid of That Musty Smell From Your Car's Air Conditioner

What do you do when the air coming out of your car vents smells like a sweaty sock? Consumer Reports has a suggestion.

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