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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New report: 10 used car models with the biggest discounts in December
New report: 10 used car models with the biggest discounts in December Cars December 4, 2018
Purchasing a vehicle for a good price has a lot to do with timing. If you buy at the wrong…
Digital driver's licenses: States ditching plastic for technology
Digital driver’s licenses: States are ditching plastic for technology Cars December 3, 2018
Basically since the advent of the automobile, fear of losing your wallet — especially your driver's license — has plagued Americans. But…
Best new car incentives available right now to year’s end
Looking for a new car? Here are the best incentives & deals out there right now Cars December 3, 2018
One of the only things better than that new car smell is a new car deal, and December has quite…
Are Sleep Number mattresses recording you while you snooze?
Is your Sleep Number mattress recording what goes on in your bedroom? Privacy & Security December 3, 2018
Technology can be be a double-edged sword, making our lives easier but sometimes at the expense of our privacy. We've…
WOW Air: 9 things to know before you fly
WOW Air: 9 things to know before you fly Travel December 3, 2018
A super-cheap plane ticket is the holy grail of air travel, and it's hard to beat $99 for an international…
How to tell if that Amazon.com email is legit
How to tell if that email you get from Amazon is legit or a phishing scam Protect Your Identity November 30, 2018
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com sends untold numbers of emails to consumers on a daily basis. Many of…
Marriott: ata breach exposed info of 500 million Starwood guests
After data breach, Marriott says it’ll pay for new passports — under one condition Protect Your Rights & Identity November 30, 2018
—Another data breach, this time at Marriott's Starwood brand, has reignited privacy concerns after the company recently announced that 500 million…
Everything you need to know about the Goodyear tire controversy linked to nearly 100 deaths & injuries
If you have these tires on your recreational vehicle, you might want to take action now Cars November 29, 2018
A popular model of Goodyear tires for larger vehicles is under increased scrutiny after federal regulators discovered that they have…
Clark’s take: Why you should never buy an airline ticket with a debit card
Clark’s take: Why you should never buy an airline ticket with a debit card Travel November 29, 2018
Travel season presents itself with lots of opportunities to snatch deals on airfares, but oftentimes you have to act quickly.…
Should you register your new products?
Should you register your new products? Money Saving Advice November 28, 2018
If you've taken advantage of the sales offered over Black Friday weekend, participated in Cyber Monday or bought really just…
How to reach your favorite airline via social media
Your best shot at good airline customer service may be through social media Travel November 28, 2018
If you've ever had an issue with an airline reservation or flight, you know it can be quite a challenge…
Porch pirates tips on avoiding package theft
Avoid porch pirates with these delivery options from Amazon, UPS, FedEx and USPS Shopping & Retail November 21, 2018
Every year with the holidays comes good cheer, chilly weather and, unfortunately, porch pirates. This is the season when thieves…
Early Black Friday 2018: Stores open on Thanksgiving
Early Black Friday 2018: Stores open on Thanksgiving Shopping & Retail November 20, 2018
The biggest day in retail — Black Friday — is upon us once again. That means there's going to be…
Free shipping day: Key ordering dates for the holidays
Want to beat the Christmas rush? Here are key shipping deadlines for the holidays Online Shopping November 19, 2018
With the annual holiday shopping frenzy here, those of us who would rather shop online than brave long lines in…
Here's how Amazon Prime members can see 'Aquaman' early
Here’s how Amazon Prime members can see ‘Aquaman’ early Shopping & Retail November 19, 2018
Amazon is pretty much rolling out the red carpet for Prime members this holiday season. Not only are there great…
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here are some answers
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here’s some help Protect Your Rights & Identity November 19, 2018
It's only been a short while since credit freezes were made free by the three major credit-reporting bureaus. The government-mandated…
Mylife.com compiles your info into a 'reputation score' — here's how to remove it
MyLife.com compiles your personal info into a ‘reputation score’ — here’s how to remove it Protecting Your Privacy November 16, 2018
A cottage industry of websites and other companies are mining your personal data to make a buck. One such site…
3 of the best parental control apps for smartphones
3 of the best parental control apps for smartphones Mobile & Electronics November 15, 2018
With gift-giving season upon us, millions of children are going to score a bunch of toys, gadgets and other electronics.…
Stores with free shipping for the holidays: Amazon vs. Walmart vs. Target vs. Best Buy
Stores with free shipping for the holidays: Amazon vs. Walmart vs. Target vs. Best Buy Shopping & Retail November 14, 2018
With this year's Black Friday and holiday shopping season shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent…
California wildfires: How you can help
California wildfires: How you can help with relief efforts Life November 14, 2018
Scores of people are dead and more than 200,000 people have had to flee the California wildfires, the deadliest in…
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again Scams & Rip-Offs November 13, 2018
When the end of the year rolls around, you can always count on three things: holiday music in the stores,…
How to find a good price on a TV
How to find the best deal on a new TV Mobile & Electronics November 12, 2018
With the holiday season upon us, now's the perfect time to begin shopping for a cheap TV. Right after Thanksgiving…
Your Vizio TV might soon tell you if it's been spying on you
Your Vizio TV might soon tell you if it’s been spying on you Mobile & Electronics November 12, 2018
The old saying "if these walls could talk" has seldom been as appropriate as it is now concerning one of…
8 things you need to know before you fly Southwest Airlines
8 things you need to know before you fly Southwest Airlines Travel November 9, 2018
You can't mistake those flying colors: “Bold Blue," "Warm Red," "Sunrise Yellow" and “Summit Silver,” according to the 2014 press release announcing…
10 ways to save money on your Thanksgiving road trip
10 ways to save money on your Thanksgiving road trip Money Saving Advice November 8, 2018
As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road for Thanksgiving weekend, some extra savings could make the journey even sweeter. As…
Certified pre-owned vehicles: The 10 best and worst deals
Certified pre-owned vehicles: The 10 best and worst deals Cars November 7, 2018
Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles continue to be very attractive for people in the market for a used car. Extended warranties…
7 things you need to know before you fly Delta Air Lines
8 things you need to know before you fly Delta Air Lines Travel November 7, 2018
Delta Air Lines has come a long way since it began in Macon, Georgia, in 1924 as a crop-dusting operation.…
Thieves are stealing frequent flyer miles — but here's how to protect yourself
How to keep your frequent flyer miles safe from thieves Protect Your Rights & Identity November 6, 2018
Criminals seem to know no bounds in trying to swindle unsuspecting victims. One scheme that seems to be increasing in…
The real reason why many of those 2019 health plans are so cheap
The real reason why many of those 2019 health plans are so cheap Health November 6, 2018
With open enrollment having begun in earnest, it behooves those searching for health insurance plans for 2019 to know exactly…
New Credit Karma program pre-approves borrowers without it affecting their credit
New Credit Karma program pre-approves borrowers without dinging their credit Money & Credit November 6, 2018
Applying for a new line of credit has always been a double-edged sword: On the one hand, consumers stand the…