Articles on Consumer Affairs

68% of Shoppers Are Getting Ripped Off

If you’re not haggling, you’re not only paying more than you have to, you’re also subsidizing someone else’s discount.

Don't Pay More! Guide to Price Matching and Cheat Sheet

Holiday shoppers who take advantage of retailer price matching can be certain they get the best price. Read on for Carrie’s guide to the ins and outs of finding the best price.

Cricket Review: $45 Cell Plan With Unlimited Talk, Text & Data

No contract carriers like Cricket Wireless offers big savings as well as flexibility.

Here's What You Should Know About Bitcoin

Bitcoin — the online, electronic currency — has been in the news a lot lately, but it's still mysterious to most of us. Learn what it is and if it fits into your lifestyle.

Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $35

Amazon's new policy requires customers to spend $35 before Free Super Saver Shipping kicks in.

Counterfeiters Beware: Here's How the New $100 Will Ruin Your Day

Scheduled to enter circulation back in early 2011, the new, more secure $100 finally starts circulating today. These are the new security features to look for.

Don't Fall for These Common Obamacare Scams

Nothing brings out grifters like chaos and confusion. The opening of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges has given them a golden opportunity.

Don't Get Taken by the Latest Secure Credit Card Scam

A fake bank is offering phony secured credit cards to consumers with troubled credit histories, and reading the fine print may not be enough to protect you.

Obamacare Fraud Alert: Con Artists Prey on Worried Health Insurance Consumers

Nothing brings out scamsters and fraudsters like chaos and confusion. The Obamacare health insurance exchange rollout is no exception.

14 Secret Fast Food Menus Revealed

You don't have to join the Illuminati to learn secrets. Discover the unadvertised eats you can order from your favorite fast food joints.

Cooking Fumes Are Bad For Your Health

Poor ventilation in our kitchens has many of us breathing really dirty air. If a new range hood and fan are not in the budget, protect yourself with some common sense precautions.

Big List of Senior Discounts

If you're over the age of 55, you can start saving more money on everyday things with this big list of senior discounts.

10 More Scams Everyone Should Know About

Scamsters have refined classics like "Help I Need Gas" and developed new cons for the Internet age. Here are 10 to watch out for.

Why You Should Always "Get It in Writing"

"Get it in writing" may be the oldest piece of frugal living advice ever given. Learn why.

How to Save 10-20% on Online Purchases, Every Day

You don't have to be an extreme couponer to find great deals online. Learn how to get major discounts on online purchases, every day.

Get It in Writing: A Quick Guide to Agreements and Contracts

Get any deal you make in writing — and make sure you understand what the contract actually means.

Simple Ways to Get the Healthcare You Need Without Overspending

Navigating health insurance can be intimidating — and expensive. But with a few simple steps, you really can get the healthcare you need without overspending.

Psychology and Loans: The Strange Reasons Why You Make Bad Decisions

You might think that when it comes to big financial decisions, you only make logical, rational decisions. But research suggests that you don't.

8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For

Although 99% of the ads on Craigslist are legit, some are designed to scam you. Recognize these eight common Craigslist scams and avoid becoming a mark.

Why Is the Cell Phone Industry So Screwed Up?

From patent wars to fierce competition among carriers, it can seem like the cell phone industry is in constant turmoil — and consumers are paying the price.