Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Earn No. 1 Album

Anything is possible. Even if it takes you almost 38 years. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just earned their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rock group first hit the charts in 1977 with a self-titled album that featured such classics as “Breakdown” and “American Girl.” >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies last week, Petty’s best sales week since Wildflowers sold 161,000 copies after Christmas in 1994. Petty’s No. 1 album didn’t …

Spring Cleanout? Beware of Seasonal Scams

After a polar-vortexing bear of a winter, spring has sprung (finally!) – at least according to the calendar. So now’s the time to prepare for scammers who spring into action, trying these perennial ploys: Home Repair Scams They may promise deals on asphalt paving, roof work or other “needed repairs” they happen to spot from their pickups or by going door to door. But beware of any “con”-tractors who then request upfront payment under the guise of having to buy materials; …

GlaxoSmithKline Ends Payments to Doctors

Pharmaceutical companies make lots of money and spend lots of money, including lavish payments to doctors for consulting; expenses-paid conferences, cruises and other events for doctors; and bonuses for sales reps who exceed sales targets, even if that means pitching a drug for uses the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved. Over the past three years, the investigative journalists at the nonprofit ProPublica, along with its news media partners, have been writing about these practices in the series Dollars for Doctors …

Websites for Cyber Monday and Beyond

If you want to ease your holiday stress this year, join me by shopping online. Since sales occur daily, you can compare prices and visit multiple stores in your comfy clothes. Enjoy the experience at home or even on the beach using your computer or tablet. Here are some of my favorite websites to help you send gifts to everyone on your list – including yourself. For the Techie BuyVia – If you’re buying a tech or electronic item this …

Find St. Patrick’s Day Food Bargains

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s so much fun, and it’s a great time to save money by stocking up on some items that almost always go on sale at supermarkets as “loss leaders.” Those are specially priced, highly-advertised sale items designed specifically to get you in the store. Of course corned beef served with boiled cabbage and potatoes is a classic – and economical – St. Patrick’s Day dish, and equally tasty any time of …

News To Know: Laid Off? Cash In.

To combat shrinking consumption, many companies are offering protections for people who lose their jobs.