Articles on Consumer Affairs

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.

10 Surprising Marketing Tricks You Should Be Aware Of

From unhealthy "health" products to designer diamonds and more, discover 10 sneaky marketing tricks to avoid.

The Lowdown on Data Accuracy in Your Credit Report

Your credit report is crucial to your finances. Learn easy and free ways to keep your report accurate.

How to NOT Get What You Want From Customer Service

There are right ways to complain to businesses...and there are wrong ways. These are definitely the wrong ways (plus, how to make them right).

How to Do a One-Day, Do-It-Yourself Bankruptcy

While filing for bankruptcy should be an emergency measure, it's possible to file in one day if you're in urgent need of protection. Here's how.

How Safe Is Craigslist?

Craigslist can be a great resource. But if well-publicized stories about scams and other dangerous activities have you worried, follow these tips to keep safe.

ChexSystems: What It Is, and How It Can Make It Difficult for You to Open a Bank Account

Most of us know that looking at our credit report is part of maintaining financial health, but what about our banking report? Enter ChexSystems.

Downside of the Rolling Jubilee

The Rolling Jubilee is a great PR move — buying, then forgiving debt from real people. But in terms of change, one writer says it might hurt more than help.

Buy This Product, Friend: The Hidden Power of Testimonials

Many sellers count on testimonials to reassure buyers that a product or service is great. But just how reliable are those testimonials?

How to Effectively Complain to the Manager

There's more to complaining that just voicing your concerns. Learn how you can effectively complain to the manager and get results.

How the Election Will Affect Your Credit Cards

How will credit card companies react to the U.S. Presidential election? We have some predictions — and some things you should do to prepare yourself.

Open Secrets: Surprising Things Your Spending Reveals

Credit card companies, banks, retailers, and insurers may know more about who you are than your parents do. A lot more.

“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees

A collection of former and current fast food employees recently shared their "do not eats" — here are some of the highlights.