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By: Alice Bryant Posted: Aug 01, 2014
Should you get Advil or the CVS version?   A recent study, from economists at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Chicago, found that smart people tend to buy generic brands. Nine times out of ten, pharmacists and doctors will buy the generic version of aspirin, rather than brand names like Bayer. Although the average consumer buys name brands 26% of the...

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  • Aug 01, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Buy generic.
    Should you get Advil or the CVS version?   A recent study, from economists at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Chicago, found that smart people tend to buy generic brands. Nine times out of ten, pharmacists and doctors will buy the...
  • Jul 25, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Beware of credit repair scams.
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  • Jul 17, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Buy your plane ticket early, but not too early.
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  • Jul 11, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Make budgeting a habit.
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  • Jul 02, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Use an app to help you manage your finances.
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  • Jun 20, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Carry only the credit cards you need.
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  • Jun 10, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Protect your smartphone with a password.
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  • Jun 03, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Contact your credit card issuer to get a lower interest rate.
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  • May 28, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Avoid paying unnecessary ATM fees.
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  • May 23, 2014 | Weekly Tip: Don’t let your credit cards collect dust.
    If you have a lot of credit cards or even just some you use more than others, it’s easy to forget about certain cards. They then end up collecting dust for years. And although you may have no trouble using other...

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