HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
You have insurance, so you assume you’re getting the best price for your prescription drugs. Not necessarily. Sometimes, because of high deductibles or high co-pays, it’s cheaper to skip the insurance and pay the ‘retail’ price. Coupons and other discounts can also help you save more.
 
CONSUMER REPORT REVIEWS POPULAR ONLINE TAX-PREP SERVICES - AND FINDS A FEW PROBLEMS
Editors found at least one glitch –in each of the services. These problems included outdated information, incomplete advice, and program designs that — in a couple of instances — could affect a taxpayer’s bottom line due to a missed tax break.
 
HOW SECURE ARE THOSE AUTOMATED VISITOR CHECK-IN KIOSKS?
High-tech check-ins are fast and efficient, but who can access your information? Researchers with IBM X-Force Red tested five popular visitor management systems and found 19 previously undisclosed vulnerabilities.
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OWE THE IRS A LOT OF MONEY? WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN'T PAY YOUR TAX BILL
One in five U.S. taxpayers could owe the IRS money this year. If you can’t pay in full on time, take a deep breath – there are things you can do to avoid getting into a big penalty situation.
 
TRIP INSURANCE: SHOULD YOU BUY BEFORE YOU FLY?
Trip cancellation and interruption policies sold by airlines and travel websites typically provide ‘pretty thin coverage,’ a recent analysis concludes. It may also duplicate coverage you already have from your credit card.
 
RETAIL CUSTOMER SATISFACTION DROPS AGAIN: AMERICA'S FAVORITE & LEAST-FAVORITE STORES
When it comes to satisfying their customers, most U.S. retailers — both brick-and-mortar and online — are losing ground, according to an annual consumer satisfaction survey. Shoppers say they are not happy with the “lackluster” and “underwhelming” customer service they so often experience.
 
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PET'S TEETH
Good oral health is just as important for your dogs and cats as it is for the other members of your family. Typically, they should have a yearly oral checkup and cleaning. And you should be brushing at home, too.
 
SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR A REFUND ADVANCE FROM YOUR TAX PREPARER?
Some of the big-name storefront tax preparers – H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt and Liberty Tax – offer zero interest and no fee programs that can get you some of your refund in a day or two – but watch out for fees on the back end.
 
SOME EQUIFAX CREDIT FILE LOCKS HAVE EXPIRED. DID YOURS?
If you were a victim of the massive Equifax breach in 2017 and signed up for their free TrustedID Premier credit lock, your subscription expired on Jan. 31. Here’s what happened and how to make sure your file is secure.
 
NEW PROGRAM OFFERS A WAY TO INSTANTLY BOOST YOUR CREDIT SCORE
The new credit assessment program could help millions of Americans instantly improve their credit scores by adding data from their checking account. For people with limited credit history, Experian Boost will provide a second chance to prove themselves trustworthy borrowers.

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