MainStreet’s Most Popular Stories of the Week


In case you missed anything, here is a recap of our 5 top stories from this week:

1.  Delete Cookies, Save Cash
If you shop online then you'll definitely want to read this. We reported that deleting the cookies on your Web browser may sometimes mean the difference between higher or lower prices on the same item when you're shopping online. Some online shoppers have found that when they delete cookies from their browser, they get better deals.

2.  5 Worst Valentine’s Day Gifts
With February 14 looming, we present some practical advice for those last minute shoppers on a budget: Steer clear of clichéd gifts and tacky trinkets. Although everyone could use some extra cash and a handful of practical gift cards, here’s why these gifts (and a few other not so obvious ones) should be crossed off your heart-shaped shopping list immediately.

3.  8 Items to Consider Renting Instead Of Buying
You can save a surprising amount of cash by broadening your horizons on what qualifies as a “rental.” Did you know you can rent a designer dress for just 60 bucks? How about renting a brand new Xbox 360 to entertain your friends for a few days? We’ll show you where to go and how to make it happen.

4.  Buy a New Car, Get Another Free?
In order to move extra inventory at a time when auto sales are struggling, many car dealers are implementing the tried and true “two for the price of one” tactic. It’s not as simple as it sounds. We’ll show you how these deals work and where some better opportunities may lie.

5.  8 Surprising Dollar Store Steals
The dollar store may not seem like the most appealing place to spend some quality time rummaging for wares. However, you’ll soon realize it’s only those preconceived notions holding you back from some quality gear at unbeatable prices.

6.  Undercover Scam Patrol: The Hong Kong Con, Part II

In part two of our investigative report into the seedy underworld of an e-mail scammer claiming to be from Hong Kong, things began to devolve into a bizarre realm. Talking points from our e-mail conversation include impersonating family members of the deceased, claiming a “personal oil well” and the promise of a 30% cut of the $22.5 million in ill-gotten gains.

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