• SHOP ONLINE?
    WATCH OUT FOR COUNTERFEIT EVERYTHING
    • Just like you, counterfeiters are online, trying to sell you their inferior copycat products: electronics, cosmetics, clothing and more. A new Better Business Bureau report calls it an ‘epidemic’ problem.

  • THE NEW PETAL CREDIT CARD
    NO CREDIT SCORE NEEDED TO APPLY
    • The Petal card is designed for those who don’t have a credit score, but pay their bills on time. Applicants give the company access to their bank account transactions. Credit limits go as high as $10,000. Cash-back goes up for on-time monthly bill payments.

 
AMERICA'S FAVORITE (AND LEAST FAVORITE) AIRLINES, HOTEL CHAINS & INTERNET TRAVEL SERVICES
Customer satisfaction with airlines rises from last year, while hotels decline. Alaska Airlines takes the top spot in the new American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. American and United rate below-average.
 
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST PRICES ON DOG AND CAT FOOD
Are you paying too much for pet food? A new survey finds that comparison shopping can save you up to 40 percent on dog and cat food. Here's how to find the product you want for the lowest price.
 
HOW TO RECYCLE, RESELL AND BUY USED ELECTRONICS
Throwing old cellphones in the trash can lead to harmful chemicals and toxins ending up in landfills. Refurbished electronics are good for the earth and your wallet. You can save hundreds of dollars on a smartphone or laptop.
 
IS A TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARD RIGHT FOR YOU?
Many people greatly overestimate the value of the points or miles they accumulate. These cards are not for everyone and unless you choose wisely, they could cost you money.
 
DARK WEB MONITORING: FRAUD FIGHTING TOOL OR MARKETING HYPE?
Many consumers are confused about what ‘dark web monitoring’ can really do. It cannot remove stolen information from this criminal marketplace or stop fraudsters from using it. So why pay for this service?
 
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 These problems included outdated information, incomplete advice, and program designs that — in a couple of instances — could affect a taxpayer’s bottom line due to a missed tax break.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.
 
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.

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