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Have a happy (and less interrupted by telemarketers) New Year

Connie Prater

The New Year brings a new federal regulation that will help prevent more telemarketers from pestering you with offers during the dinner hour at home, spamming your email boxes or clogging your home mailbox with junk mail.
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Persistence pays! Got a refund on expired rebate gift card

I was in a perfectly good mood before I called to find out the balance on a Visa rebate gift card from Cingular, now AT&T. The gift card was a rebate that I got after buying a Motorola V3i razor cell phone from Cingular in January 2007. At the time, I didn’t notice the fine print on the back of the card: It would expire in June 2007.
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Congresswoman circulates far-reaching credit card bill

Daniel Ray

Congressional heat on the credit card industry just turned up a notch. A key congresswoman is floating a bill that would abolish many of the card issuers’ practices that consumers find most offensive, including double-cycle billing, universal default and hiding rate changes in tiny type.
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Reuse and recycle those old credit cards

Connie Prater

What do you do with your credit cards when they’re worn, expired or no longer fit in your wallet? Rock, paper, scissors?
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A convenience check truth: They’re dangerous

Daniel Ray

A slew of “convenience” checks in the mail remind me that shredders are a thoughtful holiday gift.
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