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What Were 2011′s Stupidest Consumer Fees?

As consumers, we’re all used to being nickel-and-dimed to death with fees — from charges for checking a bag when we fly to charges to pay a bill online, we see them every day. They may be small, but they add up. And some were even more egregious than others in 2011.

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Obesity Isn’t Just Bad for Your Body, It’s Bad for Your Wallet, Too — Health Check

The health risks of obesity are well-documented, but there’s a financial downside, too — data shows obese people also earn less money, especially women.

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Worst Malfunction Ever Cheats Man Out of $57 Million Jackpot

Most slot machines these days are run on computer chips, which means that just like your trusty laptop, they’re bound to fail on occasion.

That’s what happened to Behar Merlaku, who thought he’d won a $57 million jackpot, only to learn a software error voided his big score.

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Like Seize the Deal on Facebook + Enter to Win $500

Like Seize the Deal on Facebook and get connected to the best deals in town – and enter for a chance to win $500!

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Is Your State Paying the Most for Electricity?

Turning up the dial on your thermostat in the fall and winter months is bound to add major coin to your electric bill, so you power through. Unless you live in Utah, and then you really have nothing to worry about, according to new data released this week.

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Airline Forces Passengers to Pay $31,500 for Fuel — Or Be Stranded [VIDEO]

Flying the friendly skies is one thing. Being forced to pony up the cash to do it while en route is something else entirely.

But that’s what happened on a flight operated by Austria-based carrier Comtel earlier this week.

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Waiting for Service Appointments Costs Americans Billions a Year

According to a new study, waiting at home for deliveries or scheduled repairs to cable, phones, internet service or utilities costs Americans a staggering $37.7 billion a year in lost income.

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Which US States Have the Most Millionaires?

While many in the US are feeling the pinch of the recession, others are enjoying unprecedented boom times.

So says Phoenix Marketing International, which just released its annual roundup of the states with the most millionaires and found that for the second year in a row, the overall number of millionaire households in the US actually went up.

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