Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who still reads paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer. You can reach Craig at [email protected]
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These 10 action words make your resume stand out
These 10 action words make your resume stand out Jobs July 18, 2019
Finding a job has often been described as a job in itself. In some cases, that may be because your…
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Dollar Flight Club review: Site promises to alert you to flight deals — does it? Travel July 17, 2019
If you like to get alerts and notifications on great travel deals, you may want to join the Dollar Flight…
Keys to new car
Buying cars online vs. traditional dealers: Which is cheaper? Cars July 17, 2019
Online shopping has yielded big savings for people who opt to stay out of the stores, but what about when…
How to spot and avoid fake product reviews on Amazon
How to spot and avoid fake product reviews on Amazon Shopping & Retail July 16, 2019
Fake product reviews have become a big problem on online retail sites like Amazon, according to money expert Clark Howard.…
get free birthday food on your birthday at these restaurants and shops
40+ places to get free food on your birthday Deals & Savings July 16, 2019
If your birthday is coming up, what better way to enjoy it than with free food? Tons of restaurants offer…
Zelle
New warning: How scammers are robbing people through the Zelle app Money & Credit July 12, 2019
Zelle, the popular payment app backed by the big banks, has become such a security risk that only people with…
Starter Home
Here’s how much a starter home costs in every state Homes & Real Estate July 12, 2019
Despite what they're intended for, the price of a starter home can be prohibitive in some places. Although a starter…
Here are the best and worst states to retire in 2019
The best and worst states to retire to in 2019 Investing & Retirement July 10, 2019
When it comes to retirement destinations, many people look to settle down in sunny Florida or Arizona, but an increasing…
Report: Best used cars for under $20,000
New report: The best deals on used cars under $20,000 Cars July 10, 2019
Buying a used car in 2019 doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, there are plenty of vehicles you can…
SIM card fraud: What the major carriers are doing about it
SIM card fraud: What the major carriers are doing about it Mobile & Electronics July 9, 2019
Criminals are trying to steal personal information from your phone. That's why scammers are taking to SIM card fraud like…
New report: The most popular cities for baby boomers
New report: The most popular cities for baby boomers Homes & Real Estate July 9, 2019
Baby boomers are flocking to big cities, according to a new report. Aging Americans are increasingly looking for the amenities…
Amazon Returns Kohl's
How to return your Amazon purchases at Kohl’s Shopping & Retail July 8, 2019
Visit any Kohl's department store now and you'll be able to return items bought on Amazon, thanks to a new…
Want to work from home? Williams-Sonoma is hiring
Want to work from home? Williams-Sonoma is hiring Jobs July 5, 2019
Williams-Sonoma, the home furnishings and gourmet cookware specialty store, is hiring right now for customer service associates in several cities.…
Walmart, Target and other retailers have big sales on Prime Day - Walmart
Walmart, Target, Macy’s and other retailers plan big sales on Prime Day Shopping & Retail July 3, 2019
It's official: Amazon says Prime Day 2019 is going to be a two-day event starting on July 15 — but…
How to spot hidden resort fees when you're booking travel
How to spot hidden resort fees when you’re booking travel Travel June 28, 2019
When you're shopping online for a travel deal to a vacation getaway, it's common to be lured in by a…
State Department warnings on popular vacation destinations
Is your Caribbean vacation destination safe? Travel June 27, 2019
Americans looking to travel to the Caribbean are typically interested in the three S's: sand, sun and safety. But it's…
the only types of insurance you need
The 4 insurance policies you actually need Insurance June 25, 2019
Over the course of your life, you'll likely be encouraged to sign up for dozens of different kinds of insurance…
Which stores have the best reward programs?
Which businesses have the best rewards programs? Shopping & Retail June 24, 2019
Whether you're a casual shopper or someone skilled in the art of saving, the best customer rewards programs can be…
Are rent to own homes a good idea?
Is it a good idea to rent-to-own a home? Homes & Real Estate June 21, 2019
While home-ownership has long been romanticized as part of the American Dream, the truth is that many people can't afford…
Where to order checks cheap besides your bank
Best places to order checks online way cheaper than your bank Banks & Banking June 21, 2019
When you run out of checks, the first thing you may think of is to order new ones from your…
Should you sign up for Amazon Prime before Prime Day 2019?
Should you sign up for Amazon Prime before Prime Day 2019? Shopping & Retail June 20, 2019
Amazon Prime Day has become one of the most popular shopping days of the year. Legitimate deals on clothes, electronics…
These hidden fees could be costing you
10 hidden fees that could be costing you thousands Money & Credit June 20, 2019
Many products and services we regularly pay for are laden with hidden fees that we don't often find out about…
10 home renovations that make financial sense
10 home improvements that make the most financial sense Homes & Real Estate June 20, 2019
If you're thinking about renovating your home, the immediate benefits you see could also lead to some profits down the…
Want to work from home? American Express is hiring for virtual jobs
Want to work from home? American Express is hiring for virtual jobs Jobs June 19, 2019
American Express is now hiring for work-from-home positions in the United States, according to a new job listing. If you're…
Summer vacation scams how to avoid
4 vacation scams to avoid this summer Travel June 19, 2019
If you're getting ready for a summer vacation, one of the most important things you can do to prepare is…
Things to know about renting an RV from Outdoorsy
5 things to know about renting an RV on Outdoorsy Travel June 18, 2019
If you're thinking about getting away for a vacation road trip to do some camping and enjoy the great outdoors,…
Google calendar phishing scam: How to avoid it
Avoid Google Calendar phishing scams with these 4 steps Scams & Rip-Offs June 18, 2019
A new scam targeting people who use Google Calendar makes them vulnerable to phishing attacks. Criminals have figured out a…
Will trip insurance pay if you decide not to go to Dominican Republic?
Will your trip insurance pay if you decide not to go to Dominican Republic? Travel June 18, 2019
The Dominican Republic is a popular year-round tourist destination for many Americans, but a mysterious string of deaths has some…
How to watch free movies online
Where to watch free movies online Mobile & Electronics June 17, 2019
There's never been a time when there have been so many ways to watch free movies. With so many streaming…
Discover drops bank fees on deposits
Huge news: Discover ditches bank fees on deposits Banks & Banking June 17, 2019
Discover Bank says it is ending fees on deposits, a move straight out of the playbook of online banks. The…