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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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…
How to listen to free music online (without iTunes)
13 places to listen to free music online (bye bye, iTunes) Mobile & Electronics June 14, 2019
Free music is one of the joys of the internet. Countless numbers of teens and adults plug in their headphones…
Family picnic in park
Savings challenge: 15 ways to spend $0 this weekend Money & Credit June 13, 2019
You may be someone who loves to be on the move — recreation, activities, shopping — but  if you're like…
How to deal with an uncooperative landlord
How to deal with an uncooperative landlord Homes & Real Estate June 12, 2019
It's played out many times for people all over the place: You've found the perfect apartment or home to rent.…
Walmart offers $1 a day college education: 5 things to know
Walmart to offer employees $1 a day college tuition plan Education June 12, 2019
Your local Walmart may be known for its cheap prices, but now you can add cheap college tuition to the…
What to do in if you've booked a cruise to Cuba
What to do if you’ve booked a cruise to Cuba Travel June 11, 2019
Travel from the United States to Cuba has been essentially shut down for now after the federal government abruptly revised…
Is a Tesla cheaper than a Camry?
Is a Tesla cheaper than a Toyota Camry? Cars June 10, 2019
Money expert Clark Howard is making a bold statement: He says that owning a Tesla is cheaper than owning a…
best jobs in America in 2019
Looking for a new gig? Here are the 10 best jobs in America in 2019 Jobs June 10, 2019
There may be no such thing as the perfect job, but there are some pretty good ones out there. The…
Knock home page
Knock lets you ‘trade in’ your home: Here are 6 things to know Homes & Real Estate June 7, 2019
A cottage industry of new services has developed around buying and selling homes. Now, you can even "trade in" your…
How to redirect your career after a layoff
How to redirect your career if you’re laid off Jobs June 7, 2019
Layoffs have become a regular part of the employment cycle these days, so much so that they've become almost daily…
The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink
The best cheap printers to save you money (and ink) Mobile & Electronics June 7, 2019
Buying a printer for home use can be a frustrating process. Most people are looking for a printer that is…
Do 'pay for delete' letters work?
Do ‘pay for delete’ letters work to clean up your credit report? Credit June 6, 2019
Consumers with subpar credit scores and derogatory marks on their credit reports are often encouraged to reach out to their…
how does opendoor work?
How does selling your home on Opendoor work? Homes & Real Estate June 5, 2019
Anyone sells their home wants it to happen quickly. The longer a home lingers on the marker, the less attractive…
Priceline: Things to know before you book
How to book travel on Priceline Travel June 5, 2019
Online travel agent (OTA) Priceline has become synonymous with discount rates for all kinds of travel. The website is a…
Credit card statement - This scam is another reason to check your credit card statements
Check your credit card statements for these bogus charges now Scams & Rip-Offs June 5, 2019
Criminals are using Apple iTunes purchases to steal from unsuspecting consumers, according to news reports. The way this particular crime…
Airport USB charging station
Why you should never use airport USB charging stations Mobile & Electronics June 4, 2019
The increasingly widespread use of cell phones and other electronic devices has led to a proliferation of public charging stations.…
paypal sign - How does PayPal work?
How does PayPal work? Money & Credit June 4, 2019
More and more American consumers are becoming comfortable with person-to-person (P2P) payment apps and the process of sending and receiving…
chromebook - Clark's take: Why now is the time to buy a Chromebook
Clark’s take: Why now is the time to buy a Chromebook Money & Credit June 3, 2019
If you're in the market for a new laptop, few devices come with all the amenities for their price as…
Clark's take: Why everyone should have a dash cam
Clark’s take: Why everyone should have a dash cam Cars June 3, 2019
If you're a fan of the show Cops, you know that dash cams can be quite entertaining, but there's another…
Quest Diagnostics data breach: 12 million patients affected
Quest Diagnostics data breach: 12 million patients affected June 3, 2019
Nearly 12 million Quest Diagnostics patients may have had their financial and medical information exposed in a data breach, according…
Nordstrom Store
Job alert: These 10 companies are hiring like crazy in June Jobs May 31, 2019
Summertime is just about here and some of America’s top companies are looking to fill thousands of positions right now!…
Why you should never store your payment information online
Why you should never store your payment information online Mobile & Electronics May 31, 2019
For most of us, our smartphones and laptop computers have become an integral part of our banking and shopping experiences.…
Credit score report - Why you need to check your credit report every year
Why You Need to Check Your Credit Report Every Year Credit May 31, 2019
As a consumer, your credit score should be very important to you. Not only does it determine your borrowing power,…
How to stop junk calls on your landline - The government is finally getting serious about robocalls
How to stop junk calls on your landline phone Scams & Rip-Offs May 30, 2019
We've told you how to stop junk calls on your cell phone, but you may be having the same problem…
States with the best and worst credit scores
Report: The states with the best and worst credit scores Credit May 29, 2019
Ever wonder how your credit score compares to other U.S. consumers? The average Vantage score stands at 680, according to…
Google Play gift card scam: How to avoid being victimized
Google Play gift card scam: How to avoid it Scams & Rip-Offs May 29, 2019
Millions of people download apps and games on the Google Play platform, but you should know that scammers are also…
Grocery store receipt
What if your grocery store receipt looked like this? Shopping & Retail May 29, 2019
If you've ever looked at your receipt after a trip to a grocery or big box store, you know that…