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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE (R)- Get a Free Credit Report Every 12 Months PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARY HUNT, Creators Syndicate   
Thursday, 06 January 2011 02:47

Dear Mary: I thought I was entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the major credit reporting agencies. Does this mean one from each agency per calendar year? If so, why was I denied my Experian report in February 2010 after receiving a report from the agency in November 2009? – Dave, Wisconsin

Dear Dave: The law allows you one free credit report from each of the major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – every 12 months. That's why your February 2010 request was denied. Annual is the official site and the only place you can go to get your free credit reports.

Dear Mary: I can't seem to make good coffee and end up with brown water. Any ideas? Should I buy a new coffee maker? – Sarah, Kansas

Dear Sarah: I'm sure your coffee maker is fine, but it may have a lot of residual vinegar. Cleaning your machine once a year should be sufficient. Run a few cycles with clear water to get rid of the vinegar. Next, make sure you are using good water. Use bottled or filtered water if your tap water is highly chlorinated or just not tasty. And make sure you are using freshly roasted coffee beans. Good water and great beans make fabulous coffee.

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