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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USPS change of address scam: How to spot it
USPS change of address scam: How to spot and avoid it Scams & Rip-Offs May 24, 2019
If you're relocating into a new apartment or home, you need to be aware of a relatively new version of…
How to find out about class action lawsuits - Stack of money ($100 bills)
How to find out about class action lawsuits that could get you paid Money & Credit May 24, 2019
There are few things in life better than getting free money. That's why it pays to stay in the know.…
#1 tip for saving money on apps for your Apple device
Our #1 tip for saving money on apps for your Apple product Mobile & Electronics May 24, 2019
To get the most out of your Apple device, whether it be a laptop, tablet or phone, you need to…
How to limit Venmo, Zelle or PayPal scams once and for all
The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments Scams & Rip-Offs May 23, 2019
Payment apps have made life easier for mobile phone users in a big way, but there have been some serious…
Best apps to track prices at Amazon, Target and Walmart
The best apps to track prices at Amazon, Walmart and more Shopping & Retail May 23, 2019
With so many retailers out there — both the online and brick-and-mortar type — competing for your business by trying to…
Here's when you should and shouldn't pay in advance
Here’s when you should and shouldn’t pay in advance Money & Credit May 22, 2019
Millions of Americans pay their bills by writing checks or setting up automatic withdrawals from their bank accounts on a…
The safest place to sit in a car may not be where you think
The safest place to sit in a car may not be where you think Cars May 21, 2019
Conventional wisdom has always said that the safest place to sit in the car is in the back seat. After…
6 popular items you're wasting big money on
6 common items you’re spending too much money on Shopping & Retail May 21, 2019
No matter how much money you make, if you're not careful, you can waste quite a bit of it, especially…
dietary supplements claims
Warning: Dietary supplements from these 12 companies may not be what they seem Health May 20, 2019
In the quest to be healthy, dietary supplements continue to be a popular option with some people but the U.S.…
Dell computer security risk
If you own a Dell computer, do this now to protect yourself Mobile & Electronics May 10, 2019
If you have a Dell computer, your system's security may be at risk due to a program likely preinstalled on…
Wedding insurance
What is wedding insurance and should you buy it? Life May 10, 2019
If you could orchestrate your wedding in a way that protects you against something going horribly wrong, the stress around…
Consumer Reports build & buy car buying service review
Consumer Reports Build & Buy car buying service: How does it work? Cars May 9, 2019
If you're looking for a new car but dread facing the intense sales pitch of a car salesperson, technology can…
Google privacy measures - 2 new privacy measures from Google we're most excited about
Google introducing new privacy measures Mobile & Electronics May 8, 2019
Internet privacy has been a hot topic lately in tech circles, but it's applications have been lacking. The problem has…
Ask Clark: Should you bank with your cell phone carrier?
Ask Clark: Should you bank with your cell phone carrier? Banks & Banking May 8, 2019
You could argue that banking has changed more in the past few years than it has in the last quarter-century.…
Can YouMail really put an end to robocalls?
Can YouMail really put an end to robocalls? Cell Phones May 7, 2019
Whether you have a mobile phone or landline, nuisance calls have gotten to the point where unbearable. To do something…
Microsoft Windows tech support scam call: 4 ways to protect yourself
Watch out for this Microsoft Windows tech support scam Scams & Rip-Offs May 6, 2019
A particular type of scam phone call is making the rounds again and victimizing unsuspecting people. This time, it's the…
Publishers Clearing House: Is it a scam?
Is Publishers Clearing House a scam? Scams & Rip-Offs April 28, 2019
It can seem too good to be true, if you're among the many people who've opened their mail to find…
T-Mobile launches checking account
T-Mobile launches free checking account paying 4.00% Money & Credit April 26, 2019
T-Mobile, one of the nation's largest mobile carriers, has announced its entry into the banking industry. The product is called…
Hotwire: Things to know before you book
How to use Hotwire to get great travel deals Travel April 25, 2019
If you're searching online for cheap flights, lodging or car rentals you've no doubt run across Hotwire.com — the travel…
How to protect your computer in 2019
How to protect your computer in 2019 Protect Your Rights & Identity April 23, 2019
Whether you have a brand spanking new computer or just an old reliable one, protection is a top priority. Hackers…
Locked in a cell phone contract? Here's how to switch carriers without paying a fee
How to switch cell phone providers and avoid an early termination fee Mobile & Electronics April 18, 2019
A big reason why you can walk in to a cell phone store and walk out with a new device…
Phone scam - Social Security scam targets these 10 cities and area codes
10 area codes being targeted by Social Security scammers Scams & Rip-Offs April 15, 2019
Social Security scams are on the rise and people in 10 area codes are prime targets, according to a new…
How to get out of debt as quickly as possible
8 steps for getting out of debt as quickly as possible Money & Credit April 12, 2019
There are few things quite as liberating as getting out of debt after having been in the negative for a…
the best appliances and when to buy them
The best time and place to buy appliances Shopping & Retail April 10, 2019
Buying new appliances for your home can be an exhausting job. Whether you're looking to upgrade your old appliances or…
Should you ever buy travel medical insurance?
Should you ever buy travel medical insurance? Travel April 9, 2019
Travel medical insurance is a health care policy that covers you if you're traveling abroad and you unexpectedly need to…
Checked bag
These airlines waive bag fees for military members and their dependents Military April 4, 2019
If you're an airline traveler, you know that baggage fees have become commonplace (with Southwest being the notable exception). But…
What is the best paint for your home?
The best interior and exterior paints for your home Homes & Real Estate April 4, 2019
One of the most important decisions you'll make as a homeowner is choosing exterior and interior paint schemes for your…
Woman with credit card
Secured or traditional: What’s the best kind of credit card to build credit? Credit April 3, 2019
Whether you're trying to build credit for the first time or climbing your way back after defaulting on a loan,…
whole foods store - Amazon and Whole Foods slashes cuts: What you need to know
Amazon is cutting prices at Whole Foods again: Where to find the savings Shopping & Retail April 2, 2019
Good news for grocery store customers: Amazon has announced a new round of price cuts at Whole Foods that will…
Is Credit Karma safe?
Is Credit Karma safe? Credit April 2, 2019
If you're looking for an easy way to stay on top of your credit, Credit Karma is a valuable resource.…