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Week of May 15, 2023
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The Ugly Truth Behind "We Buy Ugly Homes"


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Mouse Print* -- Can a Bank Confiscate Your Already Earned Cash Rewards?

mouse print Imagine using a cash back credit card, earning a substantial amount in rebates, but then the bank unilaterally zeroes out your balance. It happens, and not just at one bank. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Best and Worst Days to Buy Gas

gas prices As gas prices start rising again, is there a way to beat the system and save a few pennies a gallon? It turns out, according to a study by Gas Buddy, there are better days of the week to tank up than others.


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NJ Advances Bill to Require Alternatives to Digital Coupons

digital coupons In a first in the nation move, the New Jersey Assembly's Consumer Affairs Committee voted favorably on a bill last week that would require stores in that state that advertise sale items only available by using a digital coupon to also make available an easy in-store alternative so shoppers without internet access or smartphones can take advantage of the same sale prices as more tech-savvy shoppers do.

Consumer Eyeopener

This Bank Confiscated His Mother's Credit Card Rewards Earnings

As a companion to our Mouse Print* story this week about Bank of America confiscating one consumer's earned credit card rewards, here's the case of another bank doing the same thing to a 98-year woman just after her passing.

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Bargain of the Week

Free Pain Patch

Salonpas is giving away a free sample of their lidocaine pain patch. Order one here. Read instructions and note appropriate uses. Check with your health care provider.

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Consumer Reports

Should You Repair or Replace That Broken Major Appliance?

Consumer Reports offers this interactive tool to help you determine if it is smarter to fix your old major appliance or simply buy a new one. It takes into account the old one's age, the repair cost, and the original purchase price.

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