How Gender Affects Online Shopping Scams

Who shops online? Roughly 72 percent of women and 68 percent of men make regular purchases with computers and smartphones, according to industry data. Who gets duped more often in online shopping scams? Depends on your definition. New data suggest that women are more actively and specifically targeted by cyber crooks for online shopping fraud and, likely because of this, fall victim six times more often than men. But when men get scammed, they lose about three times more money, …

Coupon Scams: Don’t Get Clipped

Maybe you saw that recent Facebook post promising a free $200 Nordstrom gift card. Or perhaps it was that $100 coupon for Lowe’s, which just resurfaced after a similar “campaign” last spring, or the latest coupon on social media, touting a free Disneyland vacation for four. Like umpteen others that come and go, each of these recent frauds was part of at least 300 billion fake coupon offers annually that aim to pinch those who are trying to pinch pennies. (Just …

Worried About Back-to-School Expenses? Search for the Best Dollar Deals

In just a few weeks, many students will find themselves back at school with newly purchased clothes and supplies. The back-to-school season can be an expensive time for parents and grandparents, but it doesn’t have to be — if you plan carefully. Here are a few money tips to get you started. Stick to Your Budget As with any event, have a budget. So, what’s your budget for sending the kids — or even yourself — back to class? Back-to-school …

Too Many Deals and Coupons? GeoQpon To The Rescue

Who doesn’t like a great deal?  And now, it seems every store around has an app promising to put “deals of the day” at your fingertips.  So what’s a person to do?  Deal management is becoming a full time job. Enter the GeoQpon app.  It’s an up-to-the-minute aggregator of daily deals offered by ZIP code.  Users are only asked to enter their ZIP codes, no other personal sign up information, which triggers a display of hundreds of deals.  Deals can …

Tax Day Freebies, Deals Near You

If you hate Tax Day, here’s something to make it a little easier to swallow: free food.  A variety of retailers and chains are easing the pain on Tuesday, April 17 — this year’s Tax Day — by offering freebies and discounts at shops around the nation. Some of the deals you can find on April 17 include: Free curly fries with a coupon at Arby’s. A free scoop of yogurt from 4-7 p.m. at Maggie Moo’s.   A free coffee sample (enough to brew a …

App of the Week: Coupons Gone Digital

By Suzie Mitchell Clipping grocery coupons has been a Sunday morning ritual for me since I was a young girl. My Mom and I, armed with our sharp scissors, would scour the weekly coupon sections searching for our favorite brands. We cut the coupons, placed them in piles according to product type, and then put them in the special envelope marked “Groceries” in big red letters. I didn’t shop with my Mom, so I’m guessing she remembered to take her …