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CONSUMER REPORTS: Practice makes Prius CONSUMER REPORTS: Practice makes Prius
3 weeks ago -
No car has had as much of an environmental impact — and changed the way people think about green cars — than the Toyota Prius. [Read More]

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SMART MONEY: Good planning can help pass down assets tax-free SMART MONEY: Good planning can help pass down assets tax-free
10 weeks ago - - BRUCE WILLIAMS
DEAR BRUCE: My husband and I are both 58 years old. Our net worth is $5 million and we are considering using a universal life insurance policy to transfer wealth to our two children. It is a $1.5 million policy with an annual premium of $10,000. [Read More]
CONSUMER REPORTS: Do cleanses do what they claim? CONSUMER REPORTS: Do cleanses do what they claim?
10 weeks ago -
Almost 20 percent of adults who want to lose or maintain weight have tried a cleanse. Adults ages 18 to 34 are the biggest cleanse users, with men edging out women, according to market research firm Mintel. And it costs bottled juice cleanse buyers more than $200 million each year. [Read More]
LOTTERY LOTTERY
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Friday: [Read More]
LOTTERY LOTTERY
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Thursday: [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
10 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
DEAR MARY: I followed your suggestion to track our family spending for 30 days. I am so embarrassed to admit that our family of four spent nearly $385 on fast food in one month. I thought I kept track of all our expenses but hadn’t even thought of tracking fast food spending. [Read More]
LOTTERY LOTTERY
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Wednesday: [Read More]
Florida couple claims share of $1.6 billion Powerball prize Florida couple claims share of $1.6 billion Powerball prize
10 weeks ago -
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After cashing in a winning Powerball ticket for $327.8 million, a Florida couple has modest goals for their first purchases: a new car and a massage. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
10 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Writing a check is not the only way to give to charity. Your pocket change can go a long way to help those in need. These are a few simple, easy ways to help your local community while still being smart about your funds. [Read More]
LOTTERY LOTTERY
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Tuesday: [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: There are many benefits to DIY laundry softener EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: There are many benefits to DIY laundry softener
10 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Fabric softeners are designed to reduce the amount of static in synthetic fibers. Liquid softeners are added to the final rinse cycle in the washer; softening sheets are thrown into the dryer with the clothes. [Read More]
LOTTERY LOTTERY
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Monday: [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
10 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
DEAR MARY: I’m writing in response to a recent column in which you gave a tip on washing dirty potatoes in the dishwasher. At first thought this sounds like a good idea. But I see two reasons why it’s a bad idea. Firstly, there is still a chemical clearing agent released during the rinse cycle. [Read More]
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