The Procrastinator’s Guide to Gift-Giving Gotchas

Still haven’t checked off everyone on your holiday Nice List? Naughty you! Whether you’re a bona fide procrastinator who still can’t decide (tick-tock), enjoy the thrill of that 11th-hour gift hunt, or are just in dire need of a calendar, beware of this season’s Grinchiest gotchas. Facebook gift exchanges. Buy one item and get up to 36 for free? It sounds like Secret Santa Shangri-la for Johnny-come-latelies and BOGO fans, but these Facebook-viral come-ons are scams. This season, the biggies …

Sign Off: Tips to Avoid Holiday Porch Predators

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of package delivery theft With the over-congestion of malls during the holiday season, many consumers take their shopping lists to the Web — after a quick search and a few clicks, your family’s and friends’ gifts are en route to your doorstep. While this is an easy way to finish off your Christmas giving list, shoppers should be wary of package thieves. Ways to save, expert investment advice, scam alerts and more! — AARP Money Newsletter » …

Now Read This! So Many Books, So Few Decoder Rings

As the recipient of some 50 books a week, I’m on a first-name-basis with my UPS man. Some days he drops off just one or two packages (“Thanks, Jerry!”). More often he must lug 10 to 12 heavy padded envelopes from his truck to my door (“Thanks a lot, Jerry!”). I then wave my secret decoder ring over the bundles to decide which books to review. Kidding! I possess no such ring – though I dearly wish I did. Instead …