The Cost of Health Freebies

Many freebies come at a cost. And with unsolicited offers for supposedly free medical supplies and services, it’s often identity theft. As your phone likely continues to ring with robocalls touting “free” medical alert systems — a scam that’s been going strong for more than a year (with some calls still lying about phony AARP ties and bogus coupons) — expect other equally dubious deals. Some offer “no-cost” medications and supplies for diabetes or other conditions. Others are even bolder, claiming that “doctor-ordered” …

How to Avoid Robocall Scams

At 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

If 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!

Hola, 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!”

Economist 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 …