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Use 'em or lose 'em

We're all for giving with the expectation of nothing in return, but not at the mall: If you have received a gift certificate or purchased a big-ticket item that offers a rebate, USE THEM. More than half of the people for whom gift certificates are purchased never redeem them or try to do so after they expire. The same goes for rebates.

Aunt Laquesha didn't get the earrings you sent her for the holidays? Knowledge is power; check the status of any missing packages with these sites:

+ Track-Trace: http:// www.track-trace.com/

+ PackTrack: http:// www.packtrack.com/

+ Smartship: http:// www.smartship.com/

Source: etour.com

Shopping robots _ "bots" _ are Web sites that let you comb the Internet for products and get an instant list of Web purveyors carrying the items and what each charges. Some we like: http:// www.mySimon.com; http:// www.DealTime.com; and http:// www.BottomDollar.com.

Source: Cox New Service

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