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4 Tips For Maintaining & Repairing Your Gas Grill

4 Tips For Maintaining & Repairing Your Gas Grill

Whether you’ve been using it all year or haven’t touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before the holiday weekend. Use these maintenance tips to help keep your grill in top shape or to spot problems that aren’t worth fixing.

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Zillow’s “Zestimates” Probably Aren’t The Best Way To Figure Out How Much Your House Is Worth

If you’ve been in the market for real estate lately — or even just idly browsing your old neighborhood from curiosity — you’ve almost certainly seen the “Zestimate” splashed across a property’s Zillow listing. But now, multiple lawsuits are claiming those numbers are so far from realistic that they’re actually harmful, and Zillow itself is launching a contest, hoping to crowdsource a better Zestimate. [More]

How To Check Your Tires Before Heading Out On A Summer Road Trip

How To Check Your Tires Before Heading Out On A Summer Road Trip

A tire check should be part of your pretrip routine because a basic inspection can improve your safety and even help boost your fuel economy. To remind motorists about performing this important review, the tire industry has designated May 28 to June 3 as National Tire Safety Week. [More]

One IKEA Offers Instructions On How To Turn Those Blue Bags Into Pet Raincoats & Picnic Blankets

One IKEA Offers Instructions On How To Turn Those Blue Bags Into Pet Raincoats & Picnic Blankets

While you might be an expert at reusing that blue plastic shopping bag from IKEA by filling it with junk and hiding it in your closet/under your bed, there’s a lot more you can do with it — like turning it into a doggy raincoat or a handy picnic blanket. [More]

Check Grandma’s Freezer For Potentially Listeria-Contaminated Waffles

Check Grandma’s Freezer For Potentially Listeria-Contaminated Waffles

Thousands of pounds of frozen breakfasts specifically marketed to frail or housebound elderly people and delivered to them through meal programs have been recalled for potential Listeria contamination. People who are elderly or who are already sick are especially susceptible to potentially fatal complications of listeriosis. [More]

BBB Asks States To Go After Payless Car Rental After Receiving 830 Complaints In 3 Years

BBB Asks States To Go After Payless Car Rental After Receiving 830 Complaints In 3 Years

If you’ve ever shaken your fist at the sky in outrage over getting charged extra fees or higher rates for a rental car, you’re not alone. And while the Better Business Bureau can’t punish companies itself, it’s asking four states to go after the rental car industry after a flood of complaints about one company. [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are eight of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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hhgregg Stores Are Down To Mangled Stoves And Fixtures

We are in the final days of hhgregg, the bankrupt appliance, electronics, and furniture retailer, conjuring that mixture of sadness and aggressive bargain-hunting that happens at the end of any retail operation. What’s left in the stores? If the one in Cincinnati is any indication, there’s nothing left but appliances that are dented or even mangled. [More]

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Here Are The 408 Stores Payless ShoeSource Wants To Close Next

Payless ShoeSource, the world’s most reliable source for glitter-covered ballet flats for under $10, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, and immediately began the closing process for 400 stores, around 10% of its footprint. Now the chain has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to close an additional 408 stores — and we have the list. [More]

Customer Accuses Chipotle Of Covering Up For Manager Who Put Spy Cam In Bathroom

Customer Accuses Chipotle Of Covering Up For Manager Who Put Spy Cam In Bathroom

A woman in Texas claims that not only did a manager at her local Chipotle repeatedly install spy cameras in the restaurant’s female restroom, but that the restaurant and its corporate office covered up the peeping; a charge the Chipotle HQ denies. [More]

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Ekrich Recalls 90,000 Pounds Of Cheddar Sausage That May Contain Metal Pieces

Ready-to-eat sausage from Armour Ekrich contains pork, turkey, beef, cheddar cheese… and maybe some metal pieces. Wait: One of those ingredients is definitely not part of a tasty breakfast. Over 90,000 pounds of the breakfast meat has been recalled for possibly containing some metal, though no injuries have been reported to date. [More]

Matchmaking Service Costs Thousands Up Front, Doesn’t Guarantee Multiple Dates

Matchmaking Service Costs Thousands Up Front, Doesn’t Guarantee Multiple Dates

In love, like life, there are no guarantees. But singles who signed on with a matchmaking service offering connections to other locals say they wound up with dateless, despite paying thousands of dollars up front for the chance to meet other lonely hearts. [More]

‘Free’ Anti-Wrinkle Cream Offers Could Drain Your Bank Account

‘Free’ Anti-Wrinkle Cream Offers Could Drain Your Bank Account

No matter how tempting they seem, stay away from online offers of “free trials” of skin products. Instead of smoothing your wrinkles, they may deepen your frown lines by draining your bank account, since agreeing to a “free trial” of a product can mean agreeing to automatic shipments of it and other products as well. [More]

Graco Recalling 25,400 Carseats That May Not Properly Restrain Children In A Crash

Graco Recalling 25,400 Carseats That May Not Properly Restrain Children In A Crash

If you tote your child from point A to point B in a Graco carseat, listen up: The company has recalled eight different carseat models after finding they may not adequately restrain a child. [More]

Feds Shut Down Multimillion-Dollar Debt Relief Scam

Feds Shut Down Multimillion-Dollar Debt Relief Scam

A phony debt relief operation that bilked tens of millions of dollars from individuals — including the disabled and elderly — based on the promise it could lower their debt burden is out of business after a federal court temporarily halted the scheme.  [More]

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You Still Hate Your Cable Company As Much As Ever, But Think Your Mobile Carrier’s All Right

Every year, a major customer satisfaction survey comes out with an updated look at how the country’s cable, phone, and pay-TV companies are doing. And every year, it turns out the answer is still: really badly. But while many cable companies continue to suck, one trend is clear — the more competition there is, the higher the satisfaction scores tend to be. [More]

Nathan’s Hot Dogs Recalled For Presence Of Metal Chunks

Nathan’s Hot Dogs Recalled For Presence Of Metal Chunks

As you start your Memorial Day cookout preparations, you may want to look extra carefully at that package of hot dogs: The company that makes Nathan’s hot dogs is recalling 210,000 worth of beef franks over concerns that they may contain metal fragments. [More]