DESTRESS: If You Hadn’t Noticed, Things Change

February 28, 2011
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DESTRESS: If You Hadn’t Noticed, Things Change

This may be stating the obvious, but things change and they often change in ways that we’d prefer they not. It’s raining today instead of snowing. I’d prefer snow, or at least not rain. Too bad. This is what we’ve got. CT Watchdog recently experienced unexpected and an unwanted virus. Things happen. Cars get...

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eBooks Available For Free From Libraries For iPads, Androids

February 28, 2011
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Another reason to purchase an iPad or an Android tablet is that downloading free eBooks from libraries is now easier. Thanks to OverDrive Inc., its new OverDrive Media Console free app, you can now download the eBooks easier. Katherine Boehret, from the famed Wall Street Journal Digital Solution (All Things Digital) team, last week...

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Warranties: How Salesmen Try To Trick You Into Buying Unnecessary Warranties

February 28, 2011
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Thanks to the Consumerist.com for giving us an insight on how salespeople try to con us into buying those worthless warranties – think Best Buy. “Here are 9 of the most common lines salespeople try to feed you in order to get you to buy an extended warranty, debunked by an insider. His job...

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Determining Value Of Used Car You Want To Buy Or Sell

February 28, 2011
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As we all know, figuring out how much to pay for a used car or how much to ask for when selling one is a part art and part science. But a new free tool called ClearBook.com from TrueCar Inc. could make the process more precise. According to a New York Times article, TrueCar...

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Banks Testing How High They Can Jack Up Your Fees

February 27, 2011
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The nation’s largest banks are testing how much their customers are willing to pay for checking-account services that used to be free. Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase, the two biggest banks as measured by assets, have begun trying new fees in pilot tests from Hayward, Wis., to Newnan, Ga. They include an...

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How To Protect Yourself From Mailbox Theft

February 27, 2011
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How To Protect Yourself From Mailbox Theft

Do mailbox break-ins occur at your local post office? You might never know. The crimes are largely unreported. It takes a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request to learn what is going on. Here’s how to do it.

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Low Limits On Debit Card Purchases Being Considered By Banks

February 26, 2011
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Chafing under new financial regulations, some of the nation’s biggest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America, are mulling limits on the size of debit-card purchases. Such a move would cap the amount of money–banks are weighing between $50 and $100–consumers could shell out on individual transactions using their debit card. The...

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Don’t Get Burned By Cable, Telephone Packages: Ask Critical Questions

February 26, 2011
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When signing up for any cable, satellite, or phone service make sure you ask ALL the critical questions. As Richard Selinga of the Unionville section of Farmington discovered, you have to look beyond the advertised price to make sure that what you are buying is what you really expect. And we are talking about...

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Inside Story on DoD’s Boeing Air Force Tanker Deal: Opinion Analysis

February 25, 2011
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Inside Story on DoD’s Boeing Air Force Tanker Deal: Opinion Analysis

The Department of Defense Thursday announced its choice of Boeing for a $35 billion contract to build the Air Force’s next generation of mid-air refueling tankers. Boeing’s selection, subject to any challenge by the losing bidder EADS, could end a decade-long, scandal-ridden process that became one of the controversial and important in modern U.S....

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