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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The government is finally getting serious about robocalls
The government is finally getting serious about robocalls Mobile & Electronics February 4, 2019
Robocalls, those dreaded telemarketing messages that automatically play when you answer your phone, are the bane of just about every…
Overcharged by a hotel? Here's how to get your money back
Overcharged by a hotel? Here’s how to get your money back Money & Credit February 4, 2019
If you're an avid credit card user, you already know that you need to be vigilant about checking your financial…
Best new vehicles to buy over used models
New report: 10 cars it might make sense to buy new Cars February 1, 2019
It's pretty common knowledge that a new vehicle loses a significant amount of its worth the moment it's driven off…
How to set up a USPS hold mail request
How to set up a USPS hold mail request when you’re away from home Protect Your Rights & Identity January 29, 2019
If you're going to be away from home for an extended period of time, you don't want your envelopes and…
How to get free gas with GasBuddy
How to get free gas with GasBuddy Cars January 29, 2019
Nothing revs our engines like free stuff, especially if it's earned by doing something we already do anyway. GasBuddy has just…
Documents: Facebook knowingly tricked children with game charges
Documents: Facebook knowingly tricked kids with game charges Mobile & Electronics January 28, 2019
Facebook's public relations problems continue to plague them into 2019. New reports show that executives at the social media giant…
Credit lock vs. credit freeze: What's the difference?
Credit lock vs. credit freeze: What’s the difference? Money & Credit January 28, 2019
Money expert Clark Howard has long been a proponent of credit freezes as the number one way to protect yourself…
Are your calls being recorded when put on hold?
Are companies recording you when they put you on hold? Protect Your Rights & Identity January 24, 2019
Most of us are all too familiar with being put on hold while talking to a customer service representative about…
Thinking of wrapping your car? Don't get scammed
Don’t fall for this car wrapping scam Scams & Rip-Offs January 24, 2019
One way to make extra money without a lot of effort is by wrapping you car with an advertisement. Companies…
Plastiq: 5 things to know about the online payment service
Plastiq: 5 things to know about the online payment service Money & Credit January 23, 2019
Online payment systems are a great way for some people to get more use out of their credit cards. These…
mastercard logo on credit card - New Mastercard free trial rules stop automatic charges when deal expires
New Mastercard rules stop automatic charges when free trials expire Money & Credit January 22, 2019
If you've ever used your credit card to sign up for a trial product or service, you know that the…
UsedFirst.com shows car shoppers the best value based on depreciation
UsedFirst.com shows car shoppers the best value based on depreciation Cars January 22, 2019
If you're shopping for a used vehicle, there are myriad things to consider before whipping out your wallet. The money-minded…
Credit Karma vs. Credit Sesame: Is one better than the other?
Credit Karma vs. Credit Sesame: Is one better than the other? Money & Credit January 18, 2019
Credit monitoring services enjoy widespread popularity these days in the wake of numerous data breaches. In addition, if you're in…
Nearly 800 million email addresses, passwords exposed
Nearly 800 million email addresses, passwords exposed Protect Your Rights & Identity January 17, 2019
If you're one of those people who use the same credentials for all your online accounts, an historic cybersecurity discovery…
Use social media in your job search? Here’s an important warning…
Use social media in your job search? Here’s an important warning… Jobs January 15, 2019
Job sites have become important online destinations for those seeking employment as well as recruiters looking to hire new talent.…
Looking for cheap travel in 2019? Put these nine cities on your radar
27 cities that are vacation deals in 2019 Travel January 15, 2019
So, you've got the whole year ahead of you and it's time to begin planning those vacations. All you need…
Think you've got a 5G phone? You don't & here's why
Think you have a 5G phone? Not yet… Mobile & Electronics January 14, 2019
With all the marketing centered around cell phones and their capabilities, now's a good a time to be reminded that…
5 things to know about the Spotify Hulu student discount
5 things to know about the Spotify Hulu student discount Mobile & Electronics January 11, 2019
If you're in college, one of the most popular music streaming services has done you a solid. We're talking about…
What to do with gift cards with small balances
What to do with gift cards with small balances Shopping & Retail January 11, 2019
If you love to shop, there are few things as sweet as a valuable gift card with a large sum…
Don’t make this huge mistake with your car key fob
Don’t make this huge mistake with your car key fob Cars January 10, 2019
Vehicle technology, including safety and security features, has never been more advanced than it is now and yet the ease…
Lenovo laptop class-action settlement
Own a Lenovo laptop? You could be getting paid Protect Your Rights & Identity January 10, 2019
If you purchased a Lenovo laptop in recent years, you may be entitled to some money resulting from the settlement…
What happens to your Sears warranty and store gift card?
Sears bankruptcy: What you need to know about credit cards, gift cards, warranties Shopping & Retail January 10, 2019
Since the company that owns Sears and Kmart filed for bankruptcy in the fall, many customers are wondering what's going…
Here's why you should never send cash in the mail
Reminder: Why sending cash through the mail is a bad idea Scams & Rip-Offs January 9, 2019
A government agency has a new warning about something we've probably all been told is a no-no at some point:…
Here are some of the best jobs for 2019
High pay, low turnover: See the best jobs for 2019 Jobs January 8, 2019
Even in a stable economy, job seekers abound. Most of us are not content to settle, so we're always on…
Here are the best new airline routes added for 2019
New airline routes for 2019: Here are some we’re most excited about Travel January 8, 2019
Each year, airlines debut new routes in an effort to stay competitive and win the battle for your travel dollars.…
Instead of a no-spend month, try these simple savings challenges
Instead of a ‘no-spend’ month, try these simple savings challenges Money & Credit January 7, 2019
Many Americans are trying to get themselves out of debt, and some drastic strategies are in play for 2019. Among…
How to protect yourself during a data breach
Were you caught up in any of 2018’s data breaches? Check your statements closely… Protect Your Identity January 4, 2019
If the previous 12 months have taught us anything, it's that data breaches will likely continue to be a huge…
How Alexa and other voice assistants can help you save money
Alexa, Siri & more: How voice assistants can help you save money Mobile & Electronics January 4, 2019
"Alexa, save me some money." Yes, we wish it was that easy. Voice assistants like the Alexa-enabled Echo, Google Home,…
As government shutdown goes on, don't expect tax refunds from IRS
Government shutdown: IRS says it will take your money but not issue refunds Money & Credit January 4, 2019
As the partial government shutdown continues, agencies are starting to chime in about how they will be able to function…
Think the new law means hospital 'gotcha' prices have gone away? Not so fast
New law requires hospitals to post their prices, but does it really change anything? Health January 3, 2019
For years, hospital pricing has been shrouded in mystery — until you get that ginormous bill that seems to have…