A New Gas Station Gotcha: ‘Sliding’

As if the price of gasoline isn’t bad enough, there’s a new form of off-the-highway robbery: The theft of valuables from inside your car as you fill your gas tank. Police call it “sliding” and report a recent wave of incidents across the country. Although not an actual scam, it sure feels like one. As you fuel your car – likely watching the ever-increasing tally on the pump -  thieves casually “slide” in from the other side to snatch purses, …

Be Smart With Your Moola!

Hey there blog readers,  Jenn here from the communications team. In this week’s blog post I want to call your attention to some great free events that are coming up on all things financial.  Did you know that this year marks the 10th anniversary of “Money Smart Week”?  Never heard of it, you say? Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Money Smart Advisory Council, a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to …

Buyer Beware: Shop Safely Online This Season

The following is a guest blog from Steve Morgenstern, who frequently contributes technology content to AARP. You can read more from Steve here, and catch all his guest blogs here. With online shopping at a fever pitch, it’s worth taking a minute to consider these shopping safety tips before entering your credit card information. Stick with reliable sources. Just because you found a low price using a well-known search engine doesn’t mean the online retailer is a trusted source. In addition to …