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How do you spot a fake financial expert? If his offer sounded too good to be true, we’d ignore him. But what if he sounds credible? In this economy, I think many people will be susceptible to financial snake oil.
Donald Ng, Fremont, Calif.
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My husband, with uncharacteristic frugality, seems unable to resist taking home the unopened jars of jelly, mustard, and ketchup that are left on room-service trays with the half-eaten eggs. You don’t understand how many of these little jars we’re accumulating. Where will it all end?
Suzanne C., Arlington, Va.