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June 2012

The Credit Score Quiz
Take this quiz from the Consumer Federation of American and see how much you know about credit scores.

Prepaid Cards: An alternative to credit and debit cards
Want to know more about prepaid cards, then check out this article, Q&A about choosing and using prepaid cards and 2 videos on reloadable prepaid cards from Consumer Action.

6 Ways to Cut Theme Park Prices
Check out these tips that can help you have fun for less.

How to spot counterfeits
These tips from Consumer Reports will help you check out deals on designer goods before you buy.

   

May 2012

7 Tips for Landing Cheap Airfare
Airfare bargains are getting harder to find. These tips from SmartMoney can help you find them.

Energy Savers Guide: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home
This guide from the U.S. Department of Energy is loaded with tips to help you save money and use less energy.

Prepaid Card Survey
This report from Consumer Action looks at what it costs to buy and use a prepaid card.

Paying for College - Cost Comparison Worksheet
This worksheet from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will help you make side-by-side cost comparisons of 3 schools, tailored to your unique financial circumstances.

   

April 2012

Beware of "Government Imposter" websites
This tips from Consumer Action will help you save money by avoiding these imposter websites.

Five Debit Card Dont's
This article from ShopSmart magazine and Consumer Reports provides tips to help you use your debit card smartly.

The tips from these two articles are useful for everyone.

Beware of Area Code Scams
These tips from AARP show how to avoid making a phone call that can cost you lots of money for only a few minutes.

Can I Get Cash for A Gift Card?
Have an unwanted gift card, this article gives you some options.

   

March 2012

New Rules for Robocalls and Robocalls are Illegal: Scammers Use False Caller IDs to Hide
Read about these rules and how scammers are faking caller ID. From the FTC.

The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012
This annual list from the IRS describes a variety of scams that target taxpayers.

10 Things Prepaid Card Issuers Won't Tell You
Beware of these pitfalls with prepaid cards. From SmartMoney.

   

February 2012

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Online Complaint Center
The complaint center will help individuals with information and strategies to address their privacy problems and offer the opportunity to send the complaint to the appropriate governing body. Also check out their Privacy Survival Guide for tips to help you protect your privacy online and off.

Surprise! Your high-tech home phone system could go dead in an emergency
The article from Consumer Reports provides tips for staying in touch when the power goes out.

What's New for Tax Form 1040 Part 1 and Part 2—These 2 articles from Smart Money describes changes you need to know about before you start working your 2011 tax return.

   

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