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Apr 24 2014

Amazon’s “Prime Pantry” Delivers a Single Bottle of Ketchup

Amazon just unveiled a new service for Amazon Prime customers ($99/yr) called Prime Pantry. This allows people to order a box packed with individual grocery items (instead of a case lots of one product) for a delivery fee of $5.99. Here’s how it works.

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Apr 23 2014

Don’t Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

moneyYour mother always told you that money was dirty and not to put it in your mouth. Now researchers confirm that mom was right because they found 3000 types of bacteria present on dollar bills. Here’s the story.

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Apr 23 2014

Sears Tries Personalized Help to Boost Sales

Sears is not doing well, with sales falling 14-percent at the end of 2014. To try to stem the losses, the company is encouraging its loyalty members to contact sales associates directly and to get advice on purchases from fellow shoppers. Here’s the story.

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Apr 22 2014

Student Loan Borrowers: Beware If Your Co-Signer Dies/Defaults

From Herb Weisbaum, CNBC:

Many students who get student loans need a co-signer because they don’t have enough current income to support the loan. A warning issued today by the CFPB advises students to check their loan to see whether it has an “auto default” clause. If it does, that means the entire loan could become due and payable immediately, if the co-signer dies or otherwise defaults. Ouch! Here’s the story.

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Apr 22 2014

Study: Low Calorie Menu Choices Backfire

One would think that having a separate section on a menu with low calorie choices would encourage people to eat smarter. Nope. According to a new study, people exposed to that type of menu actually ate more calories compared to people given menus where the calorie count was displayed for all items. Here’s the story.

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Apr 21 2014

Missing Tax Refund? Maybe Social Security “Stole” It!

From Jim Donovan, KYW-TV:

Imagine you are expecting a federal tax refund, but it never arrives. When you inquire, you learn the Social Security Administration diverted it to their coffers to compensate them for an alleged overpayment made 30-40 years ago to your parents! Here’s the story.

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Apr 19 2014

TV Pitchman/Scamster Kevin Trudeau Claims Poverty

Saying he can’t afford the $500 to appeal his conviction, former TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau claims he is a pauper and wants the state to pay for it. The FTC secured a $37-million judgment against this con artist, who, prior to being thrown in jail, was seen driving a Bentley and living in Switzerland. Here’s the story.

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Apr 19 2014

Americans May Be Expanding, But Their Food Is Shrinking

It’s been happening for years now: Food companies shrink package sizes, often trying to hide the changes from consumers.

Modern marketing or old-fashioned rip-off? Check out story and decide for yourself.

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Apr 17 2014

“Transparency” Law Designed to Mislead Consumers

Don’t you love it when a senator or rep. gives an anti-consumer bill a pro-consumer name? That is exactly what has happened in the House of Representatives with the introduction of the “Transparent Airfares Act of 2014.” This bill would mislead consumers into thinking that advertised fares are complete, when the real, final fare is higher because of certain taxes and fees. Here’s the story.

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Apr 16 2014

Court: Company Can’t Keep Its Name Secret in Safety Complaint Database

A company went to court to keep its name secret in a government consumer products safety database and initially won the right to remain anonymous. However, a pro-consumer decision today by an appeals court said the lower court erred and has to unseal the court document to reveal the actual name of this secretive company. Here’s a brief history.

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Apr 16 2014

Teaching Kids About Money Gets Boost from Schwab

dollarCharles Schwab’s daughter decided to focus her attention on teaching kids about money because not everyone can have a money-maven as a father. Now, more than half a million kids have gone through the program, and they actually seem to have learned something! Here’s the story.

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Apr 16 2014

What to buy and not buy in April

Every month we team up with Deal News and let people know what is best to buy and avoid for that particular month.  April has a few deals to snag and we had some fun with the story and our anchors. Here it is.  Enjoy.

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Apr 15 2014

New Bill Would Require Free Annual Credit Scores

From Bob Sullivan, BobSullivan.net:

A bill introduced in Congress last week would require credit bureaus to provide you with a free copy of your credit score once a year, and it also provides for improvements in the correction of errors on credit reports. Here’s the story.

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Apr 15 2014

T-Mobile Dropping Overage Charges

cellphoneThe “uncarrier,” T-Mobile, just announced that it will no longer charge higher rates when you go over your monthly data allotment. It challenged the big three carriers to follow suit. Here’s the story.

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Apr 15 2014

Tax Day Freebies and Deals

Soothe your financial wounds today with a freebie or great deal to celebrate tax day 2014. Here are some of the deals available.

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