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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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
9 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…
Report: 81,000 Facebook private messages up for sale by hackers
Report: Messages from 81K Facebook accounts for sale by hackers Protect Your Computer & Data November 5, 2018
If you needed more evidence that Facebook is not having a good year, a new report once again calls into…
50+ and ready to sail? Here are the best cruises for seniors
55+ and ready to be at sea? Here are the best cruises for seniors Travel November 5, 2018
Going on a cruise vacation can be a refreshing recharge for those who enjoy the high seas. And while you…
How the Marriott strikes are affecting hotel guests
Beware booking at these hotels that are being affected by labor strikes Travel November 2, 2018
If you've booked an upcoming stay at a Marriott-controlled hotel, there's something you should know. Tens of thousands of workers…
Report: Here are the 10 most reliable vehicles for 2019
Report: Here are the 10 most reliable vehicles for 2019 Cars November 1, 2018
How reliable is your car? Automakers always promote their vehicles as having the latest and greatest features that will stand…
Why users are complaining about Zelle, the popular money app
Why some users are complaining about Zelle, the popular money app Money & Credit November 1, 2018
One of the most popular money apps today is Zelle, which allows people to send and receive cash. Zelle's no-fee…
Airline settlement means passengers could be owed some money
Fly a major airline in recent years? You could be getting paid Travel October 31, 2018
If you've flown on a major airline in the last seven years, you may have some money coming to you.…
Weatherproof your wallet: What is the best setting for your thermostat during the winter?
What is the best setting for your thermostat when the weather turns cold? Home October 31, 2018
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who set the thermostat to one temperature and leave it…
Reminder: Use all of your work vacation days before you lose them
Reminder: Use all of your work vacation days before you lose them Travel October 30, 2018
As the year winds down, you might have been told that you must either use all your allotted days off…
Solo on the high seas? Here are the best cruise lines for singles
Solo on the high seas? Here are the best cruise lines for singles Travel October 29, 2018
When it comes to cruising, many people have come to believe that the most important "ship" is kinship. People usually…
Marketforce review: How to make extra money as a restaurant mystery shopper
Marketforce review: How I earned $42 as a restaurant mystery shopper Shopping & Retail October 29, 2018
What if you could make extra money every week eating in restaurants you've always wanted to try anyway? That opportunity…
What your server won't tell you about your receipt
What your restaurant server won’t tell you about your receipt Shopping & Retail October 26, 2018
We've all been there: You're in that renowned restaurant at the tail end of a delicious meal and the server…
tourist safety tips when traveling to foreign country
8 ways not to look like a tourist when traveling abroad Travel October 26, 2018
The great United States has a lot to offer when it comes to places to go, but for some of…
Shoppers increasingly say this is their #1 regret
Shoppers increasingly say this is their #1 regret Shopping & Retail October 25, 2018
Shopping holidays are as American as apple pie and with so many delicious deals these days, it's no wonder. But…
Yahoo data breach: Affected users could get paid in settlement
Yahoo data breach: Here’s how much users could get paid in settlement Mobile & Electronics October 25, 2018
The Yahoo data breach that occurred in 2013-2014 is finally coming to a resolution — and if you had an email account…
Here's why your grocery cart has more fruits and vegetables
Here’s why your grocery cart has more fruits and vegetables Shopping & Retail October 24, 2018
The grocery store used to be an oasis of bountiful sustenance of all kinds of junk foods, meats, poultry, canned…
Leaving a lease apartment? Here's how to avoid those move-out charges
Leaving an apartment? Here’s how to avoid those move-out charges Homes & Real Estate October 24, 2018
If you're an apartment dweller, you know that in most cases there will eventually come a time when you move…