The gloomy economic mood inspired a couple of quirky features. CBS' John Blackstone followed up on his colleague Anthony Mason's report last year on Websites that broker person-to-person loans, cutting out the middle man. A motorcyclist slashed his interest payments from 31% annually to 10% by financing the purchase of a new bike from a direct lender rather than using his credit card. Blackstone publicized prosper.com and lendingclub.com for deals. On ABC, Dan Harris Embargoed link) looked at the shrinking dimensions of a Cadbury's chocolate Easter egg and found that many brands are handling inflation by getting smaller at the same price rather than staying the same and charging more. Scott bathroom tissues, Hellmann's mayonnaise and Dial soap are all downsizing. Harris' advice: "When a product says New & Improved, check it twice."
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