Magazine article Newsweek

Money Notes

Magazine article Newsweek

Money Notes

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PRIVACY Opt Out Now! Consumers who don't want their banks selling their names and numbers to telemarketers and other businesses should opt out now. That detail might be easy to miss in the 1 billion privacy notices that credit-card issuers and other financial firms have been sending out in recent weeks. The institutions have until July 1 to contact all their customers under a Federal Trade Commission rule. To pull their names off lists, consumers have to notify every bank, department store and insurance company with which they have an account, but they can stop all three credit bureaus from sharing their data by dialing 888-567-8688 (888-5-OPTOUT). Those who opt out will still get plenty of junk mail from their own banks. SHOPPING AROUND Price Check, Pump 5 Drivers out for bargain gasoline can save their tires and pump a Web site for the info they need. Key in any ZIP code at gaspricewatch.com and get current prices from all the gas stations within a 20-mile radius. The Dayton, Ohio, company claims more than 34,000 price-monitoring volunteers and hopes to profit by selling ads and providing data to local media outlets.

Drivers' savings can be big, both in their hometowns and vacation destinations. Within two miles of Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for example, there's regular gas as low as $1.42 a gallon and as high as $1.72. That's $5.80 for an average minivan fill-up or $155 for a year's average driving. JOBS Who's Talkin' Trash? Worst fault? he was a perfectionist." If those job offers keep falling through, the career killer might be a bad-mouthing boss. …

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