Top Summer Travel Scams

As you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print – and between the lines – for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …

10 Least Expensive Insurance Markets

By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer, produced in collaboration with NPR People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than what insurers in the country’s most expensive places are charging. The 10 regions with the lowest premiums in the nation also include Salt Lake City, all of Hawaii and eastern Tennessee. This ranking is based on the …

Get Ready for Seasonal Gardening Bargains

“Mum” is the word this fall gardening season, literally.  When nurseries and home improvement stores start to sell colorful fall mums (aka “chrysanthemums”), it’s time for frugal gardeners to keep their eyes open for some spectacular end-of-season bargains. In many parts of the country, when the mums arrive at garden centers, those retailers begin marking down their remaining summertime nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, and other perennials.  These fall liquidation sales are often progressive affairs, with initial markdowns of maybe …

Score Great Fourth of July Deals

I love the July 4th holiday– picnics, parades, fireworks, and a chance to spend time with family and friends celebrating our nation’s independence. And it’s also a chance to do a little shopping and score some terrific deals, if you know where to look. Although summer isn’t known for being the best “bargain season” of the year, with consumer spending still sputtering along like a sparkler that turns out to be a dud, it looks like this year many retailers …

Garage Sale Tips and Yard Sale Finds: Take Our Week 2 Challenge

Best time for Finds Out of all the seasons, Spring time is prime time for shopping at thrift stores, along with garage and yard sales.  With spring cleaning on everybody’s to-do list, this is the time of year when people sort through their unwanted items and either donate them to thrift stores or try to make a few extra bucks by selling them at a yard or garage sale. Fun Factor with Surprise Element Not only can you save a …

5 Bargains to Avoid

With everybody interested in saving a buck (or 20) these days, “bargains,” “sales,” and “special money saving offers” are popping up everywhere. Check your newspaper, smartphone, computer screen, or even the advertisements for cut-rate car insurance plastered on the toll booths on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I just saw those for the first time this past weekend. Sure, there are a lot of true bargains out there. But the consumer landscape during these tough times is also rife with “deals” that …