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Top money wasters

Having trouble saving for that dream vacation? You could start by cutting out these nine biggest rip-offs.

Hitting the road the hardest

When the job pickings are slim, you do what you must to get to work – even if it means commuting from Toronto to New York. Or from the Maritimes to Alberta. Lorraine Sommerfield charts the rise of the Super Commuter.

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Let’s give them a hand

In order to prevent the spread of germs, the British Olympic team’s chief medical officer urged athletes against shaking hands with their rivals, saying strong personal hygiene could be the difference between success and failure at the Summer Games. Team officials, though, balked, telling players to go ahead and greet others, not to be rude. Just wash your hands after.

Sweet talk

From chewing gum to diet pop, chances are you consume artificial sweetener throughout your day. And chances are you’ve heard that consuming it can cause cancer – or is perfectly harmless. So what’s the deal? Here’s what you need to know.

Get out the binoculars

Good old-fashioned police stakeouts are making a comeback. Yes they’re expensive and a huge time-suck. And of course technology, in the form of a small GPS device attached to a suspect’s vehicle, nicely does the job. But the FBI has no choice after a Supreme Court ruling outlawed the use of such trackers without a warrant. The kicker? Good luck to the agents tasked with recovering all the expensive, now non-functioning devices already out there.

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