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Week of May 6, 2024
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What Data Your Cell Carrier Collects About You

To Sleep Better, Change When/What You Eat (WSJ Pass if needed)


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Mouse Print*-- Thanks for Nothing -- Spring 2024

mouse print A few times a year we look at advertised offers or company policies that are misleading, off-the-wall, or downright nasty. This time around we focus on JetBlue, Rakuten, Temu, Pizza Hut, and more. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Most Expensive States for Car Insurance

car insurance The national average cost of full coverage car insurance is $2,543 based on Bankrate's latest annual report -- a 26% rise from last year. Here are the 10 states with the highest auto insurance rates. Also learn the factors that impact the cost of car insurance.


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Test Your Knowledge of Online Shopping Scams

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Consumer Law

Mexican Consumer Gets Bargain of a Lifetime

Almost as good as winning the lottery... A Mexican consumer saw Cartier diamond earrings on their website for the equivalent of $28 for two pairs. So he bought them. Later Cartier said it was a pricing mistake and they should have been $28,000. Mexican law sided with the consumer because it requires merchants to sell goods at the price they advertise.

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Bargain of the Week

Get a 15% - 20% Rebate at Rakuten

Until next Monday, May 13, get an extra 15% rebate at Rakuten (formerly eBates) when you shop at hundreds of online stores. Instead of going directly to an online store, use the links at to that same store, and get cash back in your account. This week a few dozen stores like Nike, PetSmart, Skechers and GNC are offering 20% rebates on May 6 only. About 500 stores like CVS, Staples, Dell, Vitacost and others are offering 15%. If you are not a member of Rakuten, join now and get an extra 10% back on purchases the first seven days. ++

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Consumer Reports

Advantages of Inverter Air Conditioners

Some window air conditioners now have an inverter compressor that automatically adjusts the amount of cooling. This units are more expensive and add weight too. Here are the pros and cons. Air conditioner ratings NOT included free.

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