Week of July 1, 2019 (see last week)
Dark Patterns: How Sneaky and Misleading Tricks Manipulate You Into Buying
According to a new study (see full study), more than one in 10 websites checked used some type of misleading technique to prompt you to buy or sign up for something. Some of these methods are simply outrageous. They often create a false sense of urgency by suggesting a particular item is selling fast and if you don't act quickly, you will lose out. [Alternate link]
75 Free Things You Can Get This Summer
"Free" is a good four letter word, and this summer, there are plenty of things you can do or get for free [click the small "view all" link to see all tips on one page]. Take a factory tour, get a free ice cream cone or magazine subscription, get free food on your birthday, get free admission to museums, and much more. These tips come from Jeff Yeager, the "ultimate cheapskate."
What to Do If Your Miss Your Flight
Many people will be traveling this week and not just by car. What happens if you're flying and miss your flight? The answer is it varies and you may or may not suffer a penalty depending on the mercy of the airline service agent you deal with. Hint: be ultra nice to increase your chances of being offered a goodwill rebooking.
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Mouse Print* -- Citi Double Cash Card to Drop Almost All Benefits
Citibank quietly announced last week that it is dropping most benefits from some of its most popular credit cards including the 2% back Double Cash Card. This move means you can kiss goodbye to free CDW coverage when you rent a car, a free two-year warranty extension on major appliances, coverage for lost luggage or stolen purchases, price matching refunds after your purchase (Citi Price Rewind) and much more. These benefits are not available on any other 2% cash rebate card we can find.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
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Good Grills at Good Prices for July 4th
Consumer Reports found some of their best-rated bbq grills on sale at good prices this week at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart just in time for the fourth of July.
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