Consumer Tips

I am sharing my consumer tricks I’ve learned from covering consumer issues for 16 years.

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Students learn life and business lessons

On May 7, 2012

How would you rate your personal finances? According to a survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), 80 percent of those who took a survey said their finances need a major overhaul. It’s an astounding figure, and I think the problem is that so many adults are financially illiterate. I’m encouraged by the fact that there are high…

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Cash for your feedback

On May 1, 2012

We all want a little extra cash, but how much time are you willing to invest for the chance of winning something? At the bottom of most cash register receipts, the store asks you for customer feedback. If you take the survey on the phone or online, you could win a prize. Sometimes, it’s up to $5,000. The constant surveys…

Consumer Tips / Saving money

Saving on summer travel

On April 24, 2012

Trying to book a summer vacation? You want to plan early, and look at every option possible. It’s like a perfect storm of fewer flights and high gas prices. The result — sky-high airfares. Just what I don’t need for my guests at my destination wedding this summer. I’ve been checking the three major cities where our guests will be…

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What will you do for $5?

On April 15, 2012

Need some spare money? Have a unique talent? How would you answer the question — “I will _____ for $5?” If you have a service to offer, and want to buy one for $5, Fiverr might be for you. It’s the latest marketplace allowing you to buy or sell your services, only this site charges a flat fee of $5….