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How to Avoid Robocall Scams

Posted on 08/1/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAt least one of every five phone calls now made is a robocall, and many are the work of scammers. You may hate these automated annoyances, but scammers love them: They’re cheap, far-reaching and hard to trace. No surprise that the Federal Trade Commission receives some 200,000 complaints about these calls each month. Here’s what you need to know: 1. If they’re selling, assume they’re scamming. Fraudsters may tout “free” in their recorded messages, but ask yourself this: Since when …

Don’t Get Snookered by Sneaky Fees

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you’re using credit and debit cards to pay for purchases — and let’s face it, who isn’t these days? — you’re probably paying hundreds of dollars in fees you didn’t even know about. These sneaky charges typically show up in your statement for things like a membership or subscription that automatically renewed without your authorization, or when a free two-week trial morphs into an ongoing membership that charges you each month (again without your permission), or when extra fees …

Get Your Taxes Done For Free – Quick and Easy With AARP!

Posted on 02/8/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringHola, Jenn from the Comms team here letting you know about a great AARP Foundation program, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. I seriously love this program and our Tax-Aide volunteers. Let me tell you why. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is nationwide. No matter where you live, there is usually a site near you. Sites are open from February 1st through April 15th. Tax-Aide is run by fully trained and IRS-certified volunteers who love their work. Tax-Aide is completely FREE. …

Music to My Ears: “I Got It for FREE!”

Posted on 10/19/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEconomist Milton Friedman famously said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” At the other end of the spectrum are cheapskates like me, who truly believe “The best things in life are free.” This week’s Savings Challenge involves proving Milton Friedman wrong. We’ve been sharing  stories of the best freebies we’ve ever scored in our Savings Challenge Community. Some people have won things in a contest. Others have found things on the side of the road. Maybe your favorite freebie is …

Free Is Truly Priceless

Posted on 10/17/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsLet Free Stuff Ring! That’s the rallying cry for the Week 3 “I Got It for FREE!” Saving Challenge kicking off today. I have to admit that occasionally I get a touch of TE (“Tightwad Envy”). People really have scored some incredible free stuff. Then again, I’ve always done alright myself when it comes to free stuff. Under the “priceless” category, there are the six precious kittens that have brightened our lives over the years, all found as strays or …