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What You Should Know About Air Turbulence and How to Protect Yourself on Your Next Flight
22Jun

What You Should Know About Air Turbulence and How to Protect Yourself on Your Next Flight

Experiencing a turbulent flight can be unnerving to even the most seasoned air traveler. Even worse, it's completely unpredictable, even creeping up on your flight on a perfectly clear day. But while air turbulence is an accepted part of air travel, there are some things you should do to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you on your next flight should sudden air turbulence crop up.

Check That Your Vehicle is Ready for the Highway Before You Embark on Your Summer Vacation
22Jun

Check That Your Vehicle is Ready for the Highway Before You Embark on Your Summer Vacation

Whether you'll be headed to the beach, the lake, the mountains, or anywhere between, make sure your vehicle is safe and ready to roll this summer before you pack up the family and hit the asphalt. Review the following safety checklist and fix anything the needs fixing. After all, prevention is much easier than dealing with the consequences of an unexpected highway breakdown or even a deadly crash.

Watch Out for Cybercriminals Looking to Scam Eager Online Job Seekers With Empty Promises
22Jun

Watch Out for Cybercriminals Looking to Scam Eager Online Job Seekers With Empty Promises

Job search websites can be a great tool for finding a job. With a lot of Americans currently out of work, finding a reliable job is now very crucial. But not every job opportunity posted online is legitimate. Scammers, who know that people are eager to work, use their criminal skills to scam unsuspecting victims of the little money they have left. Do you know how to spot an online job search scam?

You Can Save Money on Your Air Conditioning and Summer Energy Costs With These Simple Tips
21Jun

You Can Save Money on Your Air Conditioning and Summer Energy Costs With These Simple Tips

Summer temperatures are just around the corner and that means your home's cooling system will be working hard to keep you and your family comfortable day and night. But running the air conditioner to stay comfortable doesn't have to break the bank. With just a little bit of work and these helpful tips, you can spend your hard-earned money on something other than your cooling your home this summer.

Student Loans Have Differences That You Should Review Carefully Before Accepting the Money
21Jun

Student Loans Have Differences That You Should Review Carefully Before Accepting the Money

Applying for student loans isn't fun or easy. When you finally get a loan offer, you may be so excited that you accept it right away without any hesitation. But you should be doing your research on all student loan offers before accepting one. There are many different types of students loans available and each one has different considerations that can make a huge difference when it's time to repay.

Scammers Falsely Claim Abduction of Children in Order to Trick Parents Into Paying Ransom
21Jun

Scammers Falsely Claim Abduction of Children in Order to Trick Parents Into Paying Ransom

Be alert for frightening scam calls targeting parents. Con artists call unsuspecting parents claiming that one of their children has been abducted. The scammer then demands ransom money in exchange for the child being returned unharmed. While these con artists will use a variety of tricks to make their story convincing, their ultimate goal is always to trick parents into paying thousands of dollars.

Grapefruit and Other Citrus Fruits Can Cause Serious Health Problems With Some Medications
19May

Grapefruit and Other Citrus Fruits Can Cause Serious Health Problems With Some Medications

While part of a balanced diet, grapefruit and some other citrus fruits can have serious interactions with certain medications. In fact, there are dozens of drugs known to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that interact with grapefruit alone, including many over-the-counter drugs. If you are taking any medications, check the drug safety information carefully for any food interactions.

North Carolina Vehicle Inspection Checklist: What's Checked for a State Safety Inspection
19Jun

North Carolina Vehicle Inspection Checklist: What's Checked for a State Safety Inspection

The annual emission and safety vehicle inspection process in North Carolina can be a simple inconvenience or a big nightmare. But too many people worry about seeing a check engine light, which could mean thousands of dollars in repairs, while ignoring the safety component of this annual check. Do you know what has to be in tiptop shape in order to pass the North Carolina Vehicle Safety Inspection?

Scam Alert: Law Enforcement Agents Don't Call to Collect Fines From Using Online Pharmacies
19Jun

Scam Alert: Law Enforcement Agents Don't Call to Collect Fines From Using Online Pharmacies

Purchasing your medications online is a quick and convenient alternative to driving to the drug store. But many consumers who need medications and who have purchased them online or by phone have unwittingly exposed themselves to extortion by individuals posing as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agents. Here's what you need to know right now about how this scam works and how to protect yourself.

Scammers Will Call Posing as Government Officials, Wanting You to Pay Them With Gift Cards
18Jun

Scammers Will Call Posing as Government Officials, Wanting You to Pay Them With Gift Cards

Imagine getting a phone call from a government official saying that a loved one was arrested or that you owe back taxes. Then imagine that the caller says some kind of enforcement action will happen unless you pay a fine or other amount owed immediately via some ind of gift card. Would you pay up? Hopefully you'd realize that scammers are the only ones who call and want you to pay with gift cards.

How Do You Protect Yourself From Unfair Charges for Rental Car Damage That You Didn't Cause
18Jun

How Do You Protect Yourself From Unfair Charges for Rental Car Damage That You Didn't Cause

You sign the rental car agreement, get the car keys, and drive off only to notice that there was some preexisting damage you didn't see earlier. Will you be charged for that damage when you return the car? Even if you're on your toes and this situation doesn't apply to you, what happens if the rental car gets damaged after you drop it off but before the rental company performs a final inspection?

Sugar Substitutes Can Be Very Good for Your Diet, but Are Often Deadly When Eaten by Dogs
18Jun

Sugar Substitutes Can Be Very Good for Your Diet, but Are Often Deadly When Eaten by Dogs

Using sugar-free sweeteners might be an effective way to cut out sugar from your diet, but they can be very dangerous for man's best friend. Xylitol, in particular, is hazardous in small amounts and can be lethal when eaten by a dog. If you keep any sugar-free foods around the house, you should pay close attention to ensure your dog doesn't eat any and know the warning signs of xylitol poisoning.

How You Can Prevent Swimmer's Ear and Other Ear Infections That Peak During Warmer Weather
17Jun

How You Can Prevent Swimmer's Ear and Other Ear Infections That Peak During Warmer Weather

Warm weather is here and the kids might be off swimming somewhere. But when water gets in the ear from any source, we run the risk of developing a painful infection known as swimmer's ear. This condition is relatively easy to treat, but preventing it is the best course of action. Take some precautions to keep swimmer's ear and other ear infections from causing pain and ruining a summer vacation.

Weigh the Risks and Benefits if You Want to Help Your College-Bound Child Get a Credit Card
17Jun

Weigh the Risks and Benefits if You Want to Help Your College-Bound Child Get a Credit Card

It used to be so easy for college students to get credit cards that they were inundated with credit card offers. The result was a student with too many credit cards and a corresponding high amount of debt. But once the Card Act was passed, it became much more difficult for those under 21 to get a credit card. They can still get credit cards, but they need their parents to help. But should you help?

National Do Not Call Registry: Information About Registration and Several Common Questions
17Jun

National Do Not Call Registry: Information About Registration and Several Common Questions

Since 2003, the National Do Not Call Registry has helped millions of people reduce the number of unwanted phone calls they receive. We helped create this valuable protection and the North Carolina law that supplements it. Unfortunately, scammers don't follow any rules and don't respect your registration. But you can register and stop the many legitimate telemarketing companies from contacting you.

Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs: Don't Fall for Health Care Product Fraud Scams
16Jun

Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs: Don't Fall for Health Care Product Fraud Scams

It's a shame that you don't see scam warnings on health products. Then you wouldn't need to be on your toes to spot scams. To keep yourself from being scammed, stay on the lookout for the false claims touting revolutionary scientific breakthroughs, miracle cures, or alternatives to drugs or surgery. This language is used by scammers trying to prey on people who want easy fixes for health problems.

Leaving Your Children and Your Pets Alone in Hot Cars Can Turn Deadly in Just a Few Minutes
16Jun

Leaving Your Children and Your Pets Alone in Hot Cars Can Turn Deadly in Just a Few Minutes

You need to make a quick stop at a local shop. You will only be gone for a minute. You crack the windows and lock the car, leaving your sleeping infant cozy in the car seat. The problem is that it's never just a minute. It's always longer than you think. And it takes less than ten minutes for your car with the cracked windows to heat up to dangerous temperatures, posing serious risks to your child.

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips: How to Enjoy This Holiday Free of Burns and Injuries
16Jun

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips: How to Enjoy This Holiday Free of Burns and Injuries

Ask any kid what the Fourth of July means and you'll probably hear some excitement about fireworks. While adults know that Independence Day means more than fireworks, they have become synonymous with celebrating this special day. Whether you are breaking out the fireworks yourself or watching a show, get to know basic fireworks safety so you can enjoy the day without severe or even fatal injuries.

If You Lose Your Credit or Debit Card Only to Find It a Short Time Later, Cancel It Anyway
15Jun

If You Lose Your Credit or Debit Card Only to Find It a Short Time Later, Cancel It Anyway

Have you ever lost your wallet or purse? Or maybe you've given your credit or debit card to a cashier only to walk away without it? Well, you're not alone. It's happened to pretty much everyone at one time or another. If you lose your credit or debit card only to find it a short time later, you may think nothing more of it. But you really should consider canceling the card and requesting a new one.

Beware of Graduated Payment Plans That Promise Very Low Payments When You Buy Your Next Car
15Jun

Beware of Graduated Payment Plans That Promise Very Low Payments When You Buy Your Next Car

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, steer clear of dealers that use graduated payment plans to lure you in. Dealers that offer these types of payment plans often use a variety of ads and even paid programming spots aired late at night or on weekends in an effort to hook you with promises of no money down and exceptionally low monthly payments that later skyrocket to insanely high amounts.

Your Computer Probably Doesn't Have a Security Problem if You Get a Pop-Up Warning Message
15Jun

Your Computer Probably Doesn't Have a Security Problem if You Get a Pop-Up Warning Message

If you're on your computer and you get a warning message, stop for a moment. Common tech support scams use pup up messages that claim you have a security problem. The warning messages vary a little bit, but they usually give you some kind of dire warning that you will lose access to your data unless you contact the tech support number displayed or click a tech support link. Don't fall for the scam.

What to Do if Your Doctor or Healthcare Provider Is Not in Your Health Insurer's Network
14Jun

What to Do if Your Doctor or Healthcare Provider Is Not in Your Health Insurer's Network

Have you gone to see your doctor only to find our that your health insurance company doesn't consider the provider in-network anymore? It happens more often than you would think, especially in January when insurance plans change. You're ultimately responsible for your doctor's charges, but there are a few things you can do to keep costs down and prevent medical expenses from affecting your credit.

Here's How You Can Determine if the Article You're About to Read or Share Isn't Fake News
14Jun

Here's How You Can Determine if the Article You're About to Read or Share Isn't Fake News

Fake news isn't new. It's been around for centuries. It wasn't until technological advances, such as viral emails and social media, that fake news became a real problem. Fake news can spread very quickly and influence people in ways that weren't possible before. Whether it's completely fake or only using misleading headlines, know what to look for to be able to spot fake news before you share it.

FDA to Parents: Avoid Putting Sunscreen on Infants if Possible, Instead Opting for Shade
13Jun

FDA to Parents: Avoid Putting Sunscreen on Infants if Possible, Instead Opting for Shade

You probably don't think twice about applying sunscreen when you head out to the pool or to the beach. But do you ever think about whether you should apply sunscreen to your baby's skin? You may think that it's perfectly safe to do this, but shade is often a better idea. Sunscreens are recommended for use by adults and its use on infants, especially those under six months of age, can be harmful.

The Federal Emissions Warranty is Often Overlooked When Your Vehicle Needs Emissions Fixes
13Jun

The Federal Emissions Warranty is Often Overlooked When Your Vehicle Needs Emissions Fixes

Do you know about the Federal Emissions Warranty? Many people have never even heard of it and don't know that it can translate into free repairs for certain emission-related defects. Before you spend money you don't need to spend or go without repairs, check to see if your vehicle qualifies for free emissions system repairs when your check engine light comes on or you fail an emissions inspection.

Don't Let Your Auto Insurance Company Steer You From Genuine Parts & Glass to Aftermarket
10Jun

Don't Let Your Auto Insurance Company Steer You From Genuine Parts & Glass to Aftermarket

The last time your car needed body work or a new windshield, did you get Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) parts or aftermarket parts? If you're like most people, you don't really know. Most people think that the parts they get are the ones that were originally on the car. But that's not always so. You should know what kind of parts are going on your car and should choose OEM parts if you can.

It's Probably Not Cancer: Self-diagnosis With Online Medical Information Isn't a Good Idea
2Jun

It's Probably Not Cancer: Self-diagnosis With Online Medical Information Isn't a Good Idea

Modern technology has put all types of information at our fingertips, so it's little wonder that we turn to Google when we need answers for our questions. Unfortunately, when we self-diagnose our medical concerns with the help of online resources, such as search engines and WebMD, we are often inaccurate. The result is a sense of panic about a medical condition that in all likelihood doesn't apply.

The Secrets That Stores Try to Keep From Customers and How You Can Use Them to Save Money
2Jun

The Secrets That Stores Try to Keep From Customers and How You Can Use Them to Save Money

Bargain hunters already save money regularly by cutting coupons and shopping during store sales. But there are many other ways you can save money when shopping that the stores try to keep secret from you. So what do you do to save some money on your next shopping trip? Combining these shopping strategies with coupons and store sales can help you save as much of your hard-earned money as possible!

Fifteen Questions You need to Ask a Prospective Landlord Before Signing an Apartment Lease
1Jun

Fifteen Questions You need to Ask a Prospective Landlord Before Signing an Apartment Lease

Owning a home is part of the American dream, but it's not always within reach. If home ownership isn't on the radar just yet, you'll likely be renting until that big day comes. But entering into a rental agreement is just as important as signing for a home mortgage. It's important to know what to keep in mind, so here are fifteen questions to ask before signing for the lease on your next apartment.

You Can Get Free Credits Reports Each Year Without Having to Enroll for Expensive Services
31May

You Can Get Free Credits Reports Each Year Without Having to Enroll for Expensive Services

You hear about free credit reports everywhere, but they're rarely free. In fact, you'll probably have to enroll for future recurring charges or pay fees for other unanticipated services. Before you jump into something that you don't fully understand, you should know there is a truly free option out there. You can get a truly free credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus.

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Are Everywhere but Aren't Really That Good for the Consumer
29May

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Are Everywhere but Aren't Really That Good for the Consumer

You may have heard of arbitration, but you probably don't know exactly what it entails. Arbitration is another method of resolving disputes where parties present their sides of a complaint to an independent person who then decides on the rules, facts of the case, and arguments before making a decision on the dispute. It's similar to court proceedings, but you're not in front of a judge or a jury.

How Late Can You Make Your Payments Before They Negatively Affect Your Credit Worthiness?
29May

How Late Can You Make Your Payments Before They Negatively Affect Your Credit Worthiness?

Most people know that late payments on credit cards, car loans and mortgages affect their credit scores and their credit worthiness. But few people know that late payments don't always get reflected on credit reports. In fact, payments must be at least thirty days late before they can be reported to the credit bureaus, which gives you extra time to fix the issue if you happen to forget a payment.

Increase Your Odds of a Free First Class or Business Class Upgrade on Your Upcoming Flight
28Jul

Increase Your Odds of a Free First Class or Business Class Upgrade on Your Upcoming Flight

If you're like most travelers, you don't buy first class or business class tickets when you fly. But it can be hard walking through those sections as you walk to the back of the plane. The people sitting in the front may have paid for their tickets since the cost for those seats has fallen, but some of them may have gotten free upgrades. How can you get a free first class or business class upgrade?

Beware of Medical Advice From Daytime Talk Shows That Can Cost Money and Give Zero Benefit
28May

Beware of Medical Advice From Daytime Talk Shows That Can Cost Money and Give Zero Benefit

If you've ever flipped through the channels, you've seen daytime talk shows with doctors or other professionals giving medical advice to the audience. Have you ever thought about the accuracy of the health claims they make? Should you be skeptical or should you make changes to your health and lifestyle? The bottom line is that you should be cautious before putting their recommendations into action.

Your Luggage Is Lost: Here Are Some Things You Can Do When Your Airline Misplaces Your Bags
28May

Your Luggage Is Lost: Here Are Some Things You Can Do When Your Airline Misplaces Your Bags

You've finally landed at the airport after a long flight only to find that your luggage didn't make the trip with you. While it might be a minor inconvenience for some people, it can cause major stress to most everyone else. So it's important to know what to do in the event your checked luggage doesn't end up with you at your final destination. Here are some things you can do if your bags are lost.

What Does It Mean to Total Your Car and How Does the Insurance Company Make That Decision?
27May

What Does It Mean to Total Your Car and How Does the Insurance Company Make That Decision?

When it comes to crashes, you often hear that a vehicle was declared a total loss by the auto insurance company. Many people believe that a total loss declaration relates to the amount of damage or the severity of the crash. But vehicles can be declared a total loss as a result of both a major collision or even something as insignificant as a minor dent or ding. It's all about the vehicle's value.

Don't Be Afraid to Appeal the Financial Aid Decisions You Receive for Your Higher Education
27May

Don't Be Afraid to Appeal the Financial Aid Decisions You Receive for Your Higher Education

Although college isn't for everyone, the fact remains that college graduates earn more today than high school graduates. Yet the cost of higher education often discourages many people from pursuing it. But many people don't know that the financial aid offer from the school doesn't have to be the final word on the matter. You can use these tips to reevaluate your financial aid decision to save money.

Dozens of Credit Scoring Models in the Credit Industry Each Give a Different Credit Score
26May

Dozens of Credit Scoring Models in the Credit Industry Each Give a Different Credit Score

Most people don't know that there isn't one true credit score. In fact, there are a number of different credit scoring models and they vary from one company to another. So it's important to realize that when you check your credit score, whether from one of the major credit reporting agencies or just from your credit card company, it isn't necessarily the score that's used for your credit decisions.

Check Out These Plants Instead of Expensive Equipment if You Want Better Indoor Air Quality
25May

Check Out These Plants Instead of Expensive Equipment if You Want Better Indoor Air Quality

It's a fact that indoor air quality can very quickly go from good to poor, especially during those times of the year when doors and windows are closed around the clock. Unfortunately, many of us overlook the importance of indoor air quality and its effects on our health and our allergies. Rather than rush out to buy expensive air purifiers, consider some plants that work as natural air purifiers.

High Octane Gasoline Usually Doesn't Result in Better Performance or Increased Fuel Economy
25May

High Octane Gasoline Usually Doesn't Result in Better Performance or Increased Fuel Economy

The car's manual and gas cap both say to use regular unleaded gasoline. But would you get better performance and fuel economy by switching from to mid-grade or premium fuel? If your car runs on regular unleaded gasoline, the only thing you'll notice with a higher grade fuel is that it costs you more to fill up the tank. It's best to stick to the octane rating specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

SCAM ALERT: Distraction Scammers Targeting Unsuspecting Homeowners, Especially the Elderly
25May

SCAM ALERT: Distraction Scammers Targeting Unsuspecting Homeowners, Especially the Elderly

Do you answer the door when strangers come knocking? You're probably pretty cautious and make sure they stay outside. Once you allow them to enter your home, however, clever thieves work quickly and seamlessly to distract you in order to steal your valuables. And while this technique is more frequently used to victimize the elderly, anyone can become a victim. So know how to spot the warning signs.

You Can Still Get Good Money for Your Car if a Dealership Won't Provide a Fair Trade Value
24May

You Can Still Get Good Money for Your Car if a Dealership Won't Provide a Fair Trade Value

It happens to everyone at one point or another. An old car that provided years of reliable driving was pushed to the side of the driveway in favor of the latest model. This often happens when we want a backup vehicle or if the dealership's trade-in offer was far too low. If you have an older car that isn't worth all that much, you still might be able to make good money by donating or recycling it.

Avoid Travel Scams With These Tips When You Make Plans for Your Next Getaway or Quick Trip
24May

Avoid Travel Scams With These Tips When You Make Plans for Your Next Getaway or Quick Trip

The summer travel season is almost here, meaning many families are gearing up to hit the road for the unofficial start of summer. But not much can ruin your great vacation faster than falling for a scam or realizing that you're on the wrong end of a bad deal. Before you find yourself trying to salvage your summer vacation plans, check out these tips about scam prevention and protecting your money.

You're Changing Your Oil Far Too Often if You Still Buy Into the 3,000 Mile Oil Change Myth
13May

You're Changing Your Oil Far Too Often if You Still Buy Into the 3,000 Mile Oil Change Myth

The days of the 3,000 mile oil change are long gone, yet many car owners are still wasting money on oil changes done far too often. Even conventional engine oils last much longer than 3,000 miles, but many people blindly follow the oil change sticker in the corner of the windshield. Oil changes are big money makers for shops, which don't want you to know that you can push your oil changes further.

What Exactly Are Those Mystery Fees and Charges That Appear Each Month on Your Phone Bill?
11May

What Exactly Are Those Mystery Fees and Charges That Appear Each Month on Your Phone Bill?

Whether you have wireless phone service, a landline, or even both, you know that you can expect to get billed for it monthly. But you may not know what each of those fees and charges listed on the bill actually mean. They can add up quickly, so get to know your bill now and make sure you understand what each of those monthly phone bill charges mean beyond spending a few extra dollars each month.

Fuel Injector Cleaner: Believe the Performance Improvement Promises or Steer Clear of It?
11May

Fuel Injector Cleaner: Believe the Performance Improvement Promises or Steer Clear of It?

We've all seen the advertisements on TV, in magazines, and in the automotive section of our local stores for fuel injector cleaner. The advertisements typically promise performance gains and better fuel economy, not to mention a very convincing before and after comparison photo showing how much cleaner your fuel injectors can become. But how much truth is there to all the hype and advertisements?

You May Be Able to Drop Full Coverage Auto Insurance and Have Liability Only to Save Money
10May

You May Be Able to Drop Full Coverage Auto Insurance and Have Liability Only to Save Money

Do you want to save money on car insurance? You can save money by dropping full coverage and having comprehensive or liability coverage only. But changing your insurance without doing your homework is risky. Even if your car isn't worth much, there may be good reasons why you need more coverage. But if you don't need full coverage, check to see how much money you can save by reducing your coverage.

Scam Alert: Con Artists Are Targeting Consumers Going Through Bankruptcy Court Proceedings
10May

Scam Alert: Con Artists Are Targeting Consumers Going Through Bankruptcy Court Proceedings

People going through bankruptcy proceedings are already hard-pressed for money, but that doesn't stop unscrupulous scammers from using them for a quick payday. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of good people who fell on hard times and use fear to steal whatever money they have left. If you or anyone you know is going through bankruptcy proceedings, watch out for these signs of a scam.

You Can Boost Your Cell Phone's Weak Signal For Better Reception And More Reliable Calling
5May

You Can Boost Your Cell Phone's Weak Signal For Better Reception And More Reliable Calling

There are many reasons that signal strength on your cell phone may be poor. It could be a problem with your phone's carrier, the materials used to construct the walls in your home that block the signal, or something as simple as a malfunctioning battery that isn't able to power the antenna. Regardless of the cause, there are ways to boost your cell phone's signal to get more reliable connections.

Keep Your Valuables and Personal Info Safe When Potential Home Buyers Come to Check It Out
5May

Keep Your Valuables and Personal Info Safe When Potential Home Buyers Come to Check It Out

When we sell our homes, we pay so much attention to cleaning the counters and floors, painting the walls, and baking fresh cookies. If you have a good Realtor, you'll know that potential buyers will be checking out everything from counters to inside drawers. So if you are selling your home, it's very important to take a few security precautions to make sure a nosy buyer doesn't get sticky fingers.

SCAM ALERT: Beware of Phone Calls Warning Your Credit and Debit Cards Have Been Cancelled
5May

SCAM ALERT: Beware of Phone Calls Warning Your Credit and Debit Cards Have Been Cancelled

Have you received an automated phone call advising that your credit or debit card has been deactivated or even cancelled? If you, so are not alone. People answer these phone calls every day and mistakenly believe them to be coming from their banks. While it may sound quite alarming at first, it's just a scammer trying to scare you into giving up your sensitive information and your account numbers.

Bleach Tablets Keep Your Toilet Bowl Clean but Usually Cause Costly Damage to Rubber Seals
4May

Bleach Tablets Keep Your Toilet Bowl Clean but Usually Cause Costly Damage to Rubber Seals

Using bleach tablets to clean the toilet may seem like a great way to save some cleaning time, not to mention avoiding the gloves, brush, and cleaner. But you could be doing a lot of damage to your toilet just by dropping that tablet in the water tank. Bleach tablets can slowly cause damage to the rubber seals inside your toilet, causing unexpected water leaks and completely avoidable repair bills.

There Are a Number of Things You Shouldn't Do if You're Trying to Buy a Car With Bad Credit
4May

There Are a Number of Things You Shouldn't Do if You're Trying to Buy a Car With Bad Credit

Unfortunately, it's a fact of life. Not everyone out there has a great credit rating and not everyone has a good credit rating. Even if you have really bad credit, you can still make purchases on credit but for a heavy price. If you are one of the unlucky people with bad credit and you're in the market for a new car, there are some things you should never do or you'll find yourself deep in a hole.

IRS Scam Again Targeting Consumers With Recorded Messages Threatening Arrest Unless You Pay
4May

IRS Scam Again Targeting Consumers With Recorded Messages Threatening Arrest Unless You Pay

The IRS scam is again and targeting unsuspecting people who have fear of being arrested for unpaid taxes. It's just another variation of common scams already making the rounds that threaten arrest in exchange for iTunes gift cards. The goal is to feed on your fears and get you to make hasty payments through means that offer you no possibility of getting your money back. Just hang up on these scams.

Top Tips for Spotting the Red Flags of a Scam and Keeping Your Money and Information Safe
3May

Top Tips for Spotting the Red Flags of a Scam and Keeping Your Money and Information Safe

Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to fool their victims in an effort to steal money or sensitive personal information. While there are many different ploys and tactics used by these con artists, most scams will typically have one or more things in common. If you are able to recognize some of the red flags of scams, you'll be in a much better position to stop scammers in their tracks.

Follow These Safety Tips in Order to Enjoy Your Backyard to the Fullest Extent This Summer
3May

Follow These Safety Tips in Order to Enjoy Your Backyard to the Fullest Extent This Summer

We are well on the way to the first day of summer. For some people, it means staying indoors and turning on the air conditioning. For most people, however, it means ballgames, family vacations and backyard grilling. If you're planning to use your backyard this summer, take a few moments now to make it as safe as possible so that you and your family can enjoy the warm weather with the least risk.

Some Student Loan Debt Relief Companies Want to Steal Your Money, Not Help You Save Money
30Apr

Some Student Loan Debt Relief Companies Want to Steal Your Money, Not Help You Save Money

If you have continued your education, the odds are pretty good that you have had a student loan at one time or another. Whether you have just signed for your first student loan or if you are trying to pay off several, it can be tempting to jump on any opportunity that promises to wipe away some or all of your student debts. Scammers want you to forget that there is no easy way to wipe out your debt.

Certified Pre-owned Cars Cost More but Can Also Have Costly Problems and a Damage History
30Apr

Certified Pre-owned Cars Cost More but Can Also Have Costly Problems and a Damage History

You'll often see dealer advertisements about certified pre-owned vehicles that go through rigorous multi-point inspections, which can make them seem safer and more reliable than other used vehicles. The hype might not be worth the higher price tag the vehicles carry. You may be surprised to hear that vehicles with extensive repair histories sometimes receive this supposedly prestigious distinction.

There Are Things You Can Do to Prevent Jet Lag From Turning Your Trips Into a Total Drag
30Apr

There Are Things You Can Do to Prevent Jet Lag From Turning Your Trips Into a Total Drag

If you've ever traveled to a different time zone, then you know how hard it can be to overcome the challenges of jet lag. Whether you're too tired to leave your room or starving at a time when it's inconvenient to eat, this temporary malady can make it hard for your body to adjust enough to enjoy your new surroundings. But there are ways that you can minimize the impact of jet lag when you travel.

Dial 811 From Any Phone in North Carolina to Locate Utility Lines Before You Start to Dig
29Apr

Dial 811 From Any Phone in North Carolina to Locate Utility Lines Before You Start to Dig

Are you a homeowner planning on doing some digging? Are you a contractor planning a new project that involves getting into the ground? If you're disturbing the soil and doing more than planting some small flowers, you should be dialing 811 from any phone to have hidden underground utility lines located and marked. If not, you run the risk of causing damage that you may be responsible for repairing.

Don't Fall for Scammers Calling to Warn You of a Problem With Your Social Security Number
29Apr

Don't Fall for Scammers Calling to Warn You of a Problem With Your Social Security Number

Be very careful about answering phone calls from numbers you don't recognize, including 800 numbers. Scammers are using 800 numbers and robocalling victims with recorded messages advising of problems with Social Security numbers and warning of legal consequences. These scammers prey on your curiosity when an 800 number calls, hoping you'll answer thinking it's a legit business or government agency.

Taking Your Furry Friend to the Vet Doesn't Always Mean That You'll End Up in the Dog House
29Apr

Taking Your Furry Friend to the Vet Doesn't Always Mean That You'll End Up in the Dog House

If you have a furry friend, then you know that pets can be just as expensive as they are cute. Your pet's regular expenses, such as food, treats and toys, can often add up quickly. But a surprise medical expense, or even regular medical care, can put you in the dog house if you're not careful! But it is possible to keep your pets healthy and happy while keeping you expenses at the vet to a minimum.

Knowing About the Sneaky Sales Techniques Used by Most Retailers Can Help You Save Money
28Apr

Knowing About the Sneaky Sales Techniques Used by Most Retailers Can Help You Save Money

Have you ever gone to the store with a careful plan to make a purchase for a certain price and leave feeling overcharged, cheated, or even scammed? This has happened to even the most savvy shoppers. Retailers use sneaky tactics to lure you to the store and to get you to spend more money than you expected. But knowing about how they do it can help you keep your hard-earned money in your pocket.

Know What to Do and Not to Do if Your Vehicle Breaks Down and Leaves You Stuck on the Road
28Apr

Know What to Do and Not to Do if Your Vehicle Breaks Down and Leaves You Stuck on the Road

Vehicle breakdowns are an unfortunate fact of life no matter which vehicle you drive. While many breakdowns can be prevented by taking simple precautions and performing preventive maintenance, some are sudden and can't be avoided with even the best planning. Whatever the case, you should know what to do to stay as safe as possible if you are unfortunate and suffer an unexpected vehicle breakdown.

Make Sure Your Bag is Packed Properly Before You Get to the Airport for Your Next Flight
28Apr

Make Sure Your Bag is Packed Properly Before You Get to the Airport for Your Next Flight

Are you packing for an upcoming trip? Do your plans involve air travel? If so, you need to take some time to check each of the items in your bags. Air travelers mistakenly believe that many common items we use on a daily basis are safe to pack. But some items are hazardous materials on a commercial airplane. These items come with specific packing requirements that every air traveler must follow.

College Test Prep Scammers Claiming to Be From the College Board Again Targeting Families
27Apr

College Test Prep Scammers Claiming to Be From the College Board Again Targeting Families

Is there a high school student in your life that will soon be preparing for the college? Scammers are at it again. They're pretending to be from the College Board and target unsuspecting families in order to take advantage of your desire to help that student get admitted to the best schools. You want to do your part to help out, but do you know what to look for in order to spot one of these scams?

10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous Due to Advances in Life-Saving Airbag Technology
27Apr

10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous Due to Advances in Life-Saving Airbag Technology

The next time you get in your car, forget about what your driving instructor and parents told you way back in the day. Well, don't forget everything you learned about driving. Just forget about the ten and two position for your hands on the steering wheel, which is outdated and could be dangerous. It can sometimes lead to serious injuries in crashes that result in full-speed airbag deployment.

Here's How You Can Avoid Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft When Traveling Away From Home
27Apr

Here's How You Can Avoid Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft When Traveling Away From Home

Do you have an upcoming trip? Your identity is your most important asset. So whether you're traveling across the state or around the world, don't forget to take the necessary precautions to protect it. Thousands of people each year become victims of fraud and identity theft while traveling. Not only can it ruin a trip, it can require a lot of work to remedy and cause a lot of stress in the process.

The New Car Smell We Love Can Be Surprisingly Dangerous or Potentially Toxic to Your Health
26Apr

The New Car Smell We Love Can Be Surprisingly Dangerous or Potentially Toxic to Your Health

When it comes to a brand new car, most people comment about the uniquely pleasant smell inside. But a number of studies suggest that the special new car smell, which comes from chemicals used to manufacture the parts, can be causing serious health issues for vehicle occupants. The studies also note widespread complaints of headaches, lung irritations, inability to focus, and a feeling of fatigue.

How to Keep Your Valuables Safe at Home and Abroad When You Leave for Your Next Vacation
26Apr

How to Keep Your Valuables Safe at Home and Abroad When You Leave for Your Next Vacation

When you go away on vacation, you really don't want to be worrying about your valuables. Taking them with you is pretty risky, especially since you're distracted by the new sights and sounds. But leaving them home can have risks, too. Regardless of whether you leave your valuables at home or take them with you, you should always be protecting them from theft when you take a vacation.

An Unstable Internet Connection May Be From Low Ram or a Slow CPU in Your Modem or Router
26Apr

An Unstable Internet Connection May Be From Low Ram or a Slow CPU in Your Modem or Router

Your instinct might be to call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) when you start to notice an unstable Internet connection, but the problem might be on your end. As the world gets more connected, we're getting more smart devices that want to connect to the Internet. If you have a router or modem that can't keep pace with your needs, you might find your connection going down without explanation.

Take a Few Precautions Now to Make Sure Your Luggage Goes Where You Go on Your Next Flight
25Apr

Take a Few Precautions Now to Make Sure Your Luggage Goes Where You Go on Your Next Flight

If you've ever lost luggage when flying, you know how frustrating it can be to get it back. It is particularly irritating because there is almost nothing you can do to find it yourself. Rather than find yourself sitting around after your flight, take a few minutes beforehand to make it less likely that your luggage will get lost and more likely that it will find its way home if it is lost.

Make Sure You Know and Follow the Rules if Santa Left a New Drone Under the Christmas Tree
25Apr

Make Sure You Know and Follow the Rules if Santa Left a New Drone Under the Christmas Tree

Drones have become popular in recent years thanks to their affordability and the cool factor. Whether you are a recreational user who just your first drone or a professional who uses one of these devices in your daily work, it's important to know the registration requirements and safety rules for flying these devices. Improperly flown drones can cause more than simple damage. They can cost lives.

Mesothelioma Info: Here's What You Need to Know About This Deadly Cancer Linked to Asbestos
25Apr

Mesothelioma Info: Here's What You Need to Know About This Deadly Cancer Linked to Asbestos

You may have heard of mesothelioma from a lawyer's ad on television, which likely promised huge financial settlements for victims of this disease. Or you may know of this deadly cancer because a family member was recently diagnosed. If you or someone you know is affected by mesothelioma, you may want to file a claim now in order to secure any rights to financial compensation that you might be owed.

Car Dealership Service Advisors Are Making Money From the Services Being Recommended to You
24Apr

Car Dealership Service Advisors Are Making Money From the Services Being Recommended to You

Car dealerships have a bad reputation for high costs, which often comes from the extra money spent for the expertise of the service techs. It's why many people don't get routine maintenance performed there. But some people trust dealerships and have all service performed there, including recommended services. But did you know the person recommending services get a kickback for the services you buy?

Traveling With Pets Can Be Hectic, but These Tips Can Help Make It More Enjoyable and Safer
24Apr

Traveling With Pets Can Be Hectic, but These Tips Can Help Make It More Enjoyable and Safer

It's always a difficult decision to make. Do we take our pets on a family trip or do we leave them with someone? When traveling with our pets, we have to make a number of sacrifices in order to make sure they can go where we go. But it's a little more difficult than tossing the dog in the car. You have to take into account a number of pet safety considerations when traveling with a furry friend.

When Donating Money, Much of It Might Not Even Reach the Charity You're Choosing to Support
24Apr

When Donating Money, Much of It Might Not Even Reach the Charity You're Choosing to Support

When you are asked to give money to a charitable organization, presuming that it's legitimate and not a scam, do you think twice about donating? You should. There's a chance that not much of your donation makes it to the charity if it's being solicited by a fundraising company. So when someone is raising money for charity, know how much of the money you give is actually making it to the charity.

Lowest Cost Airline Tickets: Tips for Booking the Cheapest Airfare for Your Next Flight
23Apr

Lowest Cost Airline Tickets: Tips for Booking the Cheapest Airfare for Your Next Flight

It's a painful and sobering fact of flying. On your next flight, nearly everyone will have paid a different price for their seats depending upon when and how they booked. Was your ticket one of the cheapest? Even though it may seem daunting, you can also get low cost airline tickets the next time you fly just by taking advantage of the best times to buy, the best times to fly, and these other tips.

Understanding the Value of a Dollar: How Should You Teach Your Children About Saving Money?
23Apr

Understanding the Value of a Dollar: How Should You Teach Your Children About Saving Money?

When parents are trying to save money, they often make it a goal to include the whole family in the effort. This involves teaching children how important it is to save. As simple as it sounds, however, this task is often challenging. Many children, especially young ones, don't understand the concept of paying money for products or services. So how can parents teach them and make it a family affair to save?

Avoid These Smartphone Battery Charging and Battery Protection Myths That Just Waste Time
23Apr

Avoid These Smartphone Battery Charging and Battery Protection Myths That Just Waste Time

It's a scientific certainty. As a smartphone battery gets older, its ability to hold a charge decreases. When this happens, we're looking for the best ways to extend battery life and hold a charge longer without spending money to replace the battery. But there are a bunch of myths going around about saving power with smartphone batteries that do little more than waste your time. Do you know them?

Having Strong Online Passwords is the First Defense for Your Sensitive Personal Information
22Apr

Having Strong Online Passwords is the First Defense for Your Sensitive Personal Information

The biggest mistake people make with an online password is making it far too simple just to be able to remember it. While this used to be acceptable at one time, modern hackers can quickly decode simple passwords for virtually any account. Your life can be turned upside down from only one person gaining access to your personal information, so make it difficult for them by using stronger passwords.

Beware of Newspaper and Magazine Subscription Renewal Offers That Come From Third Parties
22Apr

Beware of Newspaper and Magazine Subscription Renewal Offers That Come From Third Parties

When you get a subscription renewal notice, do you pay it without question or do you do some checking to make sure it's right? If you're like most people, you pay it and forget about it quickly. Everything turns out just fine most of the time. But sometimes the renewal notice you get isn't from the publisher at all. It could be from a third party trying to turn a profit or even steal your money.

The Auto Loan You Finally Choose Can Cause Your Insurance Premiums to Increase Unexpectedly
22Apr

The Auto Loan You Finally Choose Can Cause Your Insurance Premiums to Increase Unexpectedly

Are you buying a new car? We often think about how a vehicle's age and options affects our auto insurance rates. But we never think about how the loan will affect our premiums. Having a loan will certainly mean you will have to maintain some collision coverage. But some loans require much more than that state's minimum insurance coverage limits and could end up costing you much more than expected.

Automotive 101: What Are Some of the Key Things Everyone Should Know About Car Batteries
21Apr

Automotive 101: What Are Some of the Key Things Everyone Should Know About Car Batteries

You've probably stumbled across this article because you suspect a problem with your car's battery. Without it, you would not have power to do anything from starting the engine in subzero temperatures to cruising down the highway on a sunny day. Engines do a lot of work and should get credit for what they do. But without the battery, your engine would just be a several thousand dollar paperweight.

Make Sure You Do Everything Right to Prevent Disasters During Your Next Video Job Interview
21Apr

Make Sure You Do Everything Right to Prevent Disasters During Your Next Video Job Interview

Many employers are finding that video interviews are a valuable tool to conduct interviews with prospective employees. Job seekers like it, too, because they don't have to travel across town, across the country, or even across the world. But you want to make sure you do it right or you can find yourself without the job. If you want the best chances of getting the job, consider these helpful tips.

Checking Tire Pressures Regularly is Important for Saving Money and Being Safe on the Road
21Apr

Checking Tire Pressures Regularly is Important for Saving Money and Being Safe on the Road

How often do you check the air pressure in your vehicle's tires? It's a simple thing that you can do that can have significant impacts. But most of us probably don't think about tire pressure until the tire light turns on. Checking your tires weekly to ensure they are properly inflated saves a lot fuel, reduces wear and tear on the tires, and reduces your risks of a crash caused by tire problems.

Jury Duty Scammers Still Targeting Unsuspecting Victims With Phone Calls Threatening Arrest
20Apr

Jury Duty Scammers Still Targeting Unsuspecting Victims With Phone Calls Threatening Arrest

What would you do if you got a call from a law enforcement officer who said you that you skipped out on your jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for your arrest? It would probably send you into a panic. But that's what scammers are hoping when they pretend to be law enforcement officers and try getting you to pay a 'fine' to avoid arrest. Real law enforcement officers will never do this.

How to Save Money on a New Car While Surviving the Car Dealership Sales Pitches and Tactics
20Apr

How to Save Money on a New Car While Surviving the Car Dealership Sales Pitches and Tactics

Driving away in your new car is exciting, but the process of buying that car can be daunting. Even if you've purchased several cars before, you probably don't know much about the nuances of the car buying process other than the hassle and headaches it sometimes causes. If you take your time, learn the tricks of the trade, and refuse to let the salesperson have control, you can save a lot of money.

Credit Cards Are Convenient, but Cause Unexpected Headaches When Traveling Internationally
19Apr

Credit Cards Are Convenient, but Cause Unexpected Headaches When Traveling Internationally

If you're planning to take a trip outside the country, your credit cards may not be much of a priority. But if you're not careful, you can rack up a lot of unexpected fees and charges, which can tarnish the memories of your trip. Never assume that your credit cards will work the same way abroad as they will at home. So before you use your credit cards outside the country, keep these things in mind.

When Making Home Improvements, What Should You Keep in Mind to Get the Best Resale Value?
19Apr

When Making Home Improvements, What Should You Keep in Mind to Get the Best Resale Value?

When making home improvements, we want to get the biggest bang for our buck. But we also want to make sure that our upgrades will not only increase the home's value but increase it much more than the amount we invest. While every home is different and the amount of financial returns you'll reap will vary, some home improvements typically offer reliably higher returns when it comes to resale value.

Beware of 'Can You Hear Me' Telephone Scams That Are Still Targeting Unsuspecting Consumers
19Apr

Beware of 'Can You Hear Me' Telephone Scams That Are Still Targeting Unsuspecting Consumers

If you get a phone call and the caller asks if you can hear her, what would you say? Most people would answer the question. But these kinds recorded calls are still making the rounds, targeting unsuspecting victims who don't know any better and give an answer. That's all the crooks want so they can later use a recording of your response to authorize unwanted charges on one or more of your accounts.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act Guarantees You Basic Rights and Protections for Your Credit
18Apr

The Fair Credit Reporting Act Guarantees You Basic Rights and Protections for Your Credit

You might already know that you have a right to a free annual credit report from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus. But a federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, gives you additional legal rights and protections. It protects you from the willful or negligent inclusion of inaccurate information in your credit report that can cause you to be denied credit or favorable credit terms.

Certain Allergy Medications Can Seriously Impact Your Ability to Drive or Operate Machinery
18Apr

Certain Allergy Medications Can Seriously Impact Your Ability to Drive or Operate Machinery

Seasonal allergies are once again starting to take off. Before you start taking allergy medications, it's important to know that some of them, even when taken properly, can have unexpected side effects that leave you slow to react or unexpectedly drowsy. These effects can be worsened when combined with other medications or alcohol. So you need to be careful if you plan to drive or operate machinery.

Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Investment for Your Home or is the Familiar Kind Better?
17Apr

Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Investment for Your Home or is the Familiar Kind Better?

Is a tankless water heater a good investment? A lot more goes into making the decision to replace your bulky water heater with a slim tankless model than a simple yes or no. Even though it can pay itself quickly, a tankless water heater may not be best for you. Some households, for instance, may have a demand that exceeds the water heater's capabilities.

What Really Happens With the Plane if You Don't Set Your Phone to Airplane Mode When Flying?
17Apr

What Really Happens With the Plane if You Don't Set Your Phone to Airplane Mode When Flying?

What happens if you don't put your cell phone into airplane mode when flying? Most people obey the order to disconnect. Others do not, yet the plane still lands safely. You may have even been guilty of turning off cellular data mistakenly believing that you're in airplane mode. But if planes aren't crashing because of phones, why should you put your phone into airplane mode during your next flight?

Warm Weather is on the Way, So Know How to Check Your Pet for Fleas Before a Problem Starts
16Apr

Warm Weather is on the Way, So Know How to Check Your Pet for Fleas Before a Problem Starts

We all love our furry little friends. When they hurt, we hurt and want to do whatever we can to make them feel better. So, what do we do when our furry little friends are under siege from an army of fleas? We may not even know if our smallest family members have fleas, only noticing them several weeks after the infestation begins. Here's how to recognize fleas and what to do to take back control.

Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Can Pick Up Where Traditional Auto Insurance Coverage Ends
16Apr

Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Can Pick Up Where Traditional Auto Insurance Coverage Ends

Credit cards typically offer some nice perks to get you to sign up, like cash back offers and other rewards. But you might not know that many credit cards offer some form of free rental car insurance as long as you use that particular credit card to pay for the rental. Before you rent your next car, check out the different options from your credit cards to see if you can better protect yourself.

Here's How You Can Spot Hidden Damages and Bad Maintenance on a Used Car Before You Buy It
15Jan

Here's How You Can Spot Hidden Damages and Bad Maintenance on a Used Car Before You Buy It

With the increasing reliability of vehicles today, the used car market is becoming a viable alternative for consumers who want good, quality cars for a less-than-new price. But what should you look for to avoid buying someone else's problem car? Besides checking over your next potential vehicle for mechanical hiccups, you should also be looking closely for any signs of hidden crash or flood damage.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Isn't a Government Agency and Can't Force Companies to Act
15Apr

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Isn't a Government Agency and Can't Force Companies to Act

If you tell your friends that you're having a problem with a company, someone is bound to tell you to contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for help. But can the BBB really help you? Many people are confused about why the BBB actually does. The BBB is primarily a business membership organization, not a government agency. But the BBB can prove a good source of useful information about companies.

Tips for the Safe Purchase, Preparation, and Consumption of Fresh Produce to Prevent Illness
13Apr

Tips for the Safe Purchase, Preparation, and Consumption of Fresh Produce to Prevent Illness

Fresh produce is often grown in uncontrolled environments, so there's always a risk of contamination. Fruits and vegetables can come into contact with harmful bacteria in the soil and irrigation water. They can also be tainted during harvesting, storage, transport, or while on display. Since contaminated produce can lead to foodborne illnesses, follow these tips to protect yourself and your family.

Basic Economy Airfare: Here Are Some Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Flight
13Apr

Basic Economy Airfare: Here Are Some Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Flight

Who doesn't want to save a little bit of money? But don't be so quick to snag that discount airfare the next time you are booking a flight. You might find yourself spending more money then you intended to spend. Many airlines have embraced basic economy fares to provide flyers with cheaper tickets. But a basic economy ticket has a lot of drawbacks and catches, which could leave you spending more.

What You Need to Know About North Carolina Lemon Law if You Are Having Repeat Car Problems
9Apr

What You Need to Know About North Carolina Lemon Law if You Are Having Repeat Car Problems

North Carolina Lemon Law gives the first owner of a brand new vehicle purchased or leased in North Carolina weighing less than 10,000 pounds certain legal rights when there are serious defects or defects that can't be fixed. The manufacturer may replace the vehicle or give a refund minus usage if the vehicle qualifies during the first two years of ownership, or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Keeping a Copy of Everything in Your Wallet Can Help You Recover if It Gets Lost or Stolen
9Apr

Keeping a Copy of Everything in Your Wallet Can Help You Recover if It Gets Lost or Stolen

Have you ever lost a credit card only to realize that you didn't know how to reach the bank to get a new one? If you lose your wallet, you might not know who to contact, which can be a problem if you're traveling. But there's something simple you can do to ensure that you can contact your financial institutions quickly in the event of a lost or stolen wallet, especially if you have a lot of cards.

It's Relatively Simple to Get a Six Month Extension to File Your Federal Income Tax Return
8Apr

It's Relatively Simple to Get a Six Month Extension to File Your Federal Income Tax Return

Needing more time to prepare and file your federal income taxes is more common than you may think. If you need more time from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the tax deadline, you can get an extension. Requesting an extension doesn't trigger an audit and typically takes only a few minutes. It doesn't give you more time to pay, but it gives you some extra time to get everything in order.

Most Human Medications, Including Common Pain Relievers, Are Dangerous or Deadly for Pets
8Apr

Most Human Medications, Including Common Pain Relievers, Are Dangerous or Deadly for Pets

It's torture watching our pets deal with pain and we will do anything to give relief as soon as possible. While it may be tempting to use people medications on our pets, it could be dangerous or even deadly. Pets react quite differently than people to many things, from food to medications. So it's important to know what's harmful to our pets and to see a veterinarian when they're sick or in pain.

Even Though Extended Auto Warranties Can Cost and Promise a Lot, You Probably Wont Use One
7Apr

Even Though Extended Auto Warranties Can Cost and Promise a Lot, You Probably Wont Use One

Do you really need an extended warranty for your car? Ten years ago, the answer was much easier. You probably didn't need an extended warranty unless you were getting a vehicle that frequently had a lot of problems or was the first model year. Today, the answer is not as simple since vehicles have made big leaps in reliability but also have a host of new gadgets that can cost serious money to fix.

Avoid Balance Transfer Credit Card Traps That Can Increase Your Total Debt, Not Reduce It
7Apr

Avoid Balance Transfer Credit Card Traps That Can Increase Your Total Debt, Not Reduce It

When trying to get out of credit card debt, many people want to transfer their card balances to one or more balance transfer cards, which often have a zero percent promotional interest rate. When used correctly, these cards can be a great way to help you get out of debt faster. But if you're not careful, balance transfer cards can put you further in the hole with a lot of unexpected fees and terms.

Behind on Your Auto Loan: Tips to Get You Back on the Road to On-Time Payments Once Again
6Apr

Behind on Your Auto Loan: Tips to Get You Back on the Road to On-Time Payments Once Again

Ensuring that you pay your bills on time is essential to maintaining or improving your financial situation. Late payments will show up on your credit report, hurt your credit scores, and limit your ability to get other credit. So what should you do if you're one of about 7 million people who fall 90 days or more behind on your car payments? There are things you should do when calling your lender.

A Gas Water Heater or Other Appliances May Be at Risk of a Sudden and Deadly Flashback Fire
6Apr

A Gas Water Heater or Other Appliances May Be at Risk of a Sudden and Deadly Flashback Fire

Is your home's gas-fueled water heater really safe? In all likelihood, there's probably nothing wrong with it. But there is a hidden danger in all gas water heaters, or any gas-fueled appliance with a pilot light, that most people don't know about until it's too late. What is this hidden danger? These devices all have pilot lights, which can ignite certain vapors, producing sudden flashback fires.

Title Loans May Give You Quick Money but Cost Thousands of Times More in Interest Charges
5Apr

Title Loans May Give You Quick Money but Cost Thousands of Times More in Interest Charges

Are you strapped for cash? You aren't alone. Many people these days could use extra money for bills. To target people who need quick money, some lenders advertise short-term loans, called title loans, that use the collateral of your car. It's similar to a home equity loan, only a title loan can be much riskier and cost you a lot more money in interest charges. It can even cost you the car itself.

Don't Let Tax Time Be the Perfect Time for Scammers to Steal Your Identity and Tax Refund
5Apr

Don't Let Tax Time Be the Perfect Time for Scammers to Steal Your Identity and Tax Refund

It's that time again. Tax documents are pouring in from banks and employers while we're all collecting receipts and trying to get an idea of how much money we will owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But just because we're at the beginning of the year, it doesn't mean we shouldn't be watching for scams, especially those requesting last-minute deposit changes for tax refunds or account updates.

Reusable Grocery Bags Are Great for the Environment but Can Make You Sick if Contaminated
4Apr

Reusable Grocery Bags Are Great for the Environment but Can Make You Sick if Contaminated

If you're like many grocery shoppers, you use reusable grocery bags to lessen your impact on the environment. Taking advantage of these heavy duty bags makes it easier to move your groceries from cart to car and then into your home. But there's a hidden danger many people don't know about when it comes to these bags. Depending upon what you carry in them, you might be putting your health at risk.

Yellow Pages Business Directory Invoice Scam Still Continues to Claim Unsuspecting Victims
4Apr

Yellow Pages Business Directory Invoice Scam Still Continues to Claim Unsuspecting Victims

Businesses of all sizes should be on alert for fake invoices for supposed listings in the Yellow Pages or other business directories, which are once again increasing in frequency. While it can be very easy to fall for this particular scam, it can also be easy to spot if you know what to do. Knowing what this scam is all about before you fall victim and lose your hard-earned money is your the first step.

Honda Recalls Large Number of Honda and Acura Vehicles for Potential Problem With Fuel Pump
2Apr

Honda Recalls Large Number of Honda and Acura Vehicles for Potential Problem With Fuel Pump

Honda is recalling more than 600,000 Acura and Honda branded vehicles from the 2018-2020 model years due to a manufacturing problem with the fuel pump. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank containing impellers produced during specific periods may fail. Honda has received 583 warranty claims and 166 field reports relating to this condition, but received no reports of injuries or crashes.

Cheaper Auto Insurance Quotes Don't Always Translate Into Below Average Insurance Coverage
2Apr

Cheaper Auto Insurance Quotes Don't Always Translate Into Below Average Insurance Coverage

Getting a cheap auto insurance quote feels great. Who doesn't like to save money, after all? There are ways to get the cheapest auto insurance quotes possible while still maintaining good insurance coverage. So whether you are looking for a cheaper full coverage policy or trying to go from full coverage to liability only, make sure you are taking advantage of every discount and money-saving trick.

Class Action Lawsuits Seem Good but Have a Lot of Drawbacks That Don't Make Them Very Ideal
1Apr

Class Action Lawsuits Seem Good but Have a Lot of Drawbacks That Don't Make Them Very Ideal

We're sure you've heard people talking about how much a class action lawsuit is needed for a particular legal problem. But most people really don't know anything about class action lawsuits, let alone the potential drawbacks they can bring. While class action lawsuits can do good by (eventually) punishing a company for doing wrongs, it's usually the lawyers, not the consumers, who get a fat check.

What Will Really Happen if You Don't Pay or Forget About Your Federal Income Taxes in 2021?
31Mar

What Will Really Happen if You Don't Pay or Forget About Your Federal Income Taxes in 2021?

The thought crosses our minds every year around tax time and again when we start writing that check to the federal government. What would happen if I didn't pay my federal income taxes? We never really find out, though, since we always end up paying them. But what would really happen if we didn't pay up to the federal government? What are the potential consequences if we don't pay or forget to pay?

Remain Alert for Tax Scams That Target Victims All Year, Not Just During Tax Filing Season
31Mar

Remain Alert for Tax Scams That Target Victims All Year, Not Just During Tax Filing Season

Most people think that they don't have to watch out for scammers once they submit their income tax returns to the government. But scammers never take a vacation and work overtime to cheat you, taking hundreds or even thousands of dollars. So whether it's April or the middle of summer, stay alert for income tax scammers trying to trick you into handing over money or sensitive personal information.

Spring Allergy Season is Here, So Taking Action Now Will Help Avoid Misery All Season Long
30Mar

Spring Allergy Season is Here, So Taking Action Now Will Help Avoid Misery All Season Long

Warmer temperatures are starting to stick around. But don't rejoice just yet since it's also the time of year when you can write your name in yellow pollen everywhere. If you're one of those unfortunate people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you're probably already barricading the doors and windows for the oncoming siege. But there are things you can do to treat and prevent seasonal allergies.

Neti Pots Can Bring Relief but Also Nasty Sinus Infections if Not Used or Cleaned Properly
29Mar

Neti Pots Can Bring Relief but Also Nasty Sinus Infections if Not Used or Cleaned Properly

Whether it's the dry winter air that irritates your sinuses or the seasonal allergies that wreak havoc on your breathing, nasal irrigation can bring you some soothing relief. Among the popular devices on the market is the neti pot, which looks like a small tea pot and allows water to flow through your sinuses, rinsing them. But these devices, when not used properly, can cause some nasty infections.

Scammers Still Targeting Unsuspecting Consumers With Fake Missed Package Delivery Notices
26Mar

Scammers Still Targeting Unsuspecting Consumers With Fake Missed Package Delivery Notices

If you find a notice in your mailbox or on your front door saying you missed a delivery, would you think twice? If you're like most people, you'll call the number on the notice. But that could be a costly mistake. Scammers use these fake notices to steal your money and personal information or to get you to purchase things you don't want, such as recurring subscriptions for future product deliveries.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Gives You Some Debt Collection Practice Safeguards
24Mar

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Gives You Some Debt Collection Practice Safeguards

No one is perfect, and we get that. Despite our best efforts, sometimes mistakes happen and bills go unpaid. It's when debts pile up that debt collectors reach out in an attempt to collect on those debts. It's important to know that there are some rights and protections you have from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act that can help you breath a little easier when debt collectors come calling.

Income Tax Professionals Beware: Tax Scammers Are Targeting Your Network and Your Customers Data
21Mar

Income Tax Professionals Beware: Tax Scammers Are Targeting Your Network and Your Customers Data

Income tax time is when identity thieves and scammers go into overdrive aiming to steal sensitive data from taxpayers and tax professionals alike. Tax professionals must be very mindful of scams intended to take personal and professional information or to allow remote control of computer systems, letting cybercriminals complete and file client tax returns and redirect tax refunds to other accounts.

Consumer Alert: Watch Out for Rental Property Scammers Taking You for a Ride on a Property
19Mar

Consumer Alert: Watch Out for Rental Property Scammers Taking You for a Ride on a Property

Are you in the market for a new apartment or want to rent a nice home? You're in luck! Scammers have just the deal for you! They have a wide variety of options for you to consider, each one with everything you could possibly want. Even better, the price is much better than you could have wanted. But while the property might exist, the only problem is that the rentals themselves don't really exist.

How Much You Should Tip and When You Should Tip in Today's Changing Service Sector Economy
16Mar

How Much You Should Tip and When You Should Tip in Today's Changing Service Sector Economy

Tipping is something of a no-brainer for some people and a source of instant anxiety for others. It's getting especially complicated now that businesses where you didn't tip before now include a tip option. Or maybe you are presented with a tip option on the display at the register while the clerk is watching you. So when is it customary to tip and when should you just take your stuff and leave?

Scammers Continue to Target Utility Customers Threatening Disconnection Unless Payment Made
15Mar

Scammers Continue to Target Utility Customers Threatening Disconnection Unless Payment Made

Consumers from across the state are continuing to report suspicious phone calls from scammers that are seemingly from their utility companies. The callers claim that there is a problem with the victim's utility account, which is usually an overdue bill. The victim is then threatened with that power to their homes or businesses will be shut off within an hour unless a payment is made immediately.

Most People Don't Know Enough About Credit Scoring, So Here Are the Things You Need to Know
12Mar

Most People Don't Know Enough About Credit Scoring, So Here Are the Things You Need to Know

Most people are able to answer basic questions about credit scoring, but don't really know as much as they should. Most people don't know details or get things wrong. Because credit scores play such a vital role in how much you pay when borrowing money, it's important that you understand some key things about credit scoring. Knowing some of these things can save you a lot of money in the long run.

How Accurate Are CARFAX Vehicle History Reports and the Various Types of Data They Contain?
11Mar

How Accurate Are CARFAX Vehicle History Reports and the Various Types of Data They Contain?

If you've ever looked into purchasing a used car, the odds are really good that you've at least heard of CARFAX, if not purchased a CARFAX report. CARFAX is a service that provides historical information on vehicles. Your dealer might be advertising that a vehicle has a clean CARFAX report, which might calm your nerves about the car. But how reliable is the information that CARFAX reports provide?

Changing Our Clocks is Also the Time to Check and Replace Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
10Mar

Changing Our Clocks is Also the Time to Check and Replace Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Daylight Saving Time is about to begin and it's the perfect time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. It's also the right time to replace any alarms that have reached the end of their lives, don't work reliably, or have questionable reliability. While you're doing your rounds, make sure that you add alarms if you don't have enough, which can save your life later.

Take Some Time to Prep Your Children for Daylight Saving Time With These These Simple Tips
9Mar

Take Some Time to Prep Your Children for Daylight Saving Time With These These Simple Tips

Most of your digital clocks will automatically change when Daylight Saving Time (DST) kicks in on March 8, but your children's internal clocks won't make the change as easily unless you prepare them beforehand. If you have children, you know how difficult adjusting to a time change can be. But many parents don't do much to prepare their children for the time change, leading to messy sleep patterns.

Watch Out for Scammers Targeting You at Closing if You're in the Market for Your New Home
2Mar

Watch Out for Scammers Targeting You at Closing if You're in the Market for Your New Home

Are you thinking about buying a new home? The most popular time of the year for home sales is coming and you wouldn't be alone if you're thinking about jumping into the housing market. If you are looking, you should also be looking for scammers that want to steal your closing cost funds by pretending to be your real estate agent, closing attorney, title company, escrow company, or mortgage company.

When Can Your Car Dealer Void Your Vehicle's Warranty or Deny Auto Warranty Service Claims?
1Mar

When Can Your Car Dealer Void Your Vehicle's Warranty or Deny Auto Warranty Service Claims?

Can the car dealer void your car's warranty if you have someone else do routine maintenance for you? What if you use aftermarket parts to make repairs or to perform your maintenance? What if you have made upgrades to the car, such as installing a new audio system or new lighting? What if your vehicle has undergone body work? The answer is usually no, but it could be yes depending upon the work done.

You Can Claim an Adoption Tax Credit to Help Offset Expenses if You Adopted a Child in 2020
26Feb

You Can Claim an Adoption Tax Credit to Help Offset Expenses if You Adopted a Child in 2020

If you adopted a child in 2020, you probably had to spend quite a bit of money to do it. Adoption is both expensive and exhausting, but it's also very fulfilling for both the child and the rest of the child's new family. The Adoption Tax Credit exists to give new parents a tax credit of up to $14,300 for each qualifying adopted child, offsetting some of the costs involved in the adoption process.

Cold Weather Means You Need to Take Care of Your Dog's Coat and Skin for Health and Comfort
25Feb

Cold Weather Means You Need to Take Care of Your Dog's Coat and Skin for Health and Comfort

Even though we've had periods of spring-like weather already this winter, the cold temperatures will surely be here for a while. As your dog spends more time warm indoors during the winter months, it can be easy to let regular grooming slide. However, it's especially important during this time of year to continue with a regular grooming routine that will keep your pup both comfortable and healthy.

A Dirty Computer Can Overheat and Slow Down, Sometimes Causing Damage and Error Messages
24Feb

A Dirty Computer Can Overheat and Slow Down, Sometimes Causing Damage and Error Messages

Many of us know the importance of keeping our computer's software updated in order to keep it running at its best. But not many people know about the importance of keeping the inside of our computers properly maintained in order to get the longest life and best performance. A computer that can't 'breath' properly is prone to overheating, which can cause slowdowns, shutdowns, and heat damage.

If Your Mechanic Tells You Any of These Things, It's Time to Shop Around for a New Mechanic
23Feb

If Your Mechanic Tells You Any of These Things, It's Time to Shop Around for a New Mechanic

Nearly everyone has gone to the local shop for routine auto maintenance only to drive away after paying a lot more in unexpected charges. Most mechanics are honest, hardworking people who only want to help you by pointing out problems you may not know about. But some mechanics want to take you and your wallet for a ride. If any of these things sound like your mechanic, start looking for a new one.

Puppy Scams Take Advantage of Your Desire for an Adorable New Puppy at a Really Good Price
22Feb

Puppy Scams Take Advantage of Your Desire for an Adorable New Puppy at a Really Good Price

With big eyes, wagging tails, and enthusiastic kisses, who doesn't love puppies? If you're looking for a new puppy, it can be very easy to get caught up in the excitement. But while you're looking for the next new member of the family, you should also be watching out for a scam that aims to take advantage of the excitement while emptying your wallet and leaving you without a puppy at the same time.

Scammers Continue to Target Older Consumers by Pretending to Be Grandchildren in Trouble
19Feb

Scammers Continue to Target Older Consumers by Pretending to Be Grandchildren in Trouble

Scammers are always looking for a way to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, they know that older consumers are some of the best victims. If there are older folks in your life, make sure to talk to them about the grandparent scam. Scammers call older consumers, especially those with cognitive problems, pretending to be their grandchildren, stealing money and sensitive personal information in minutes.

The Most Common Income Tax Return Errors and How You Can Avoid Them When Filing Your Return
18Feb

The Most Common Income Tax Return Errors and How You Can Avoid Them When Filing Your Return

Have you started preparing your 2020 income tax returns? The deadline to file your returns is Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects the vast majority of income tax returns, about 90 percent, will be prepared electronically using tax return preparation software. But there are a number of common tax return errors you should look for regardless of how you file your taxes.

Subprime Credit Cards May Look Rally Good but May Be Predatory With High Interest and Fees
17Feb

Subprime Credit Cards May Look Rally Good but May Be Predatory With High Interest and Fees

There are more distinctions between credit cards than whether they have a VISA, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard logo. Different credit cards give different rewards and incentives to customers based on a variety of factors, such as education and credit history. But be careful. Depending upon your circumstances, some predatory credit card companies may be targeting you to make a quick buck.

Deceptive Mortgage Advertisements: What Do They Really Say, Leave Out, and Ultimately Cost?
17Feb

Deceptive Mortgage Advertisements: What Do They Really Say, Leave Out, and Ultimately Cost?

If you're looking for a mortgage, you may see ads offering very low rates or payments. Whether they're on the Internet, on television or in the newspaper, or whether they come by fax or mail, some ads look like one thing but end up changing as you come close to closing. Remember that while the offers can be tempting, some are flawed and don't disclose the true terms of the deal as required by law.

What is Radon and Why is Testing for This Deadly Element Often Need for a Home Closing?
16Feb

What is Radon and Why is Testing for This Deadly Element Often Need for a Home Closing?

Anyone who has purchased a home has probably been offered or been required to have a radon test performed before closing can proceed. But you may have wondered what radon is and why the test is even necessary. Radon is a naturally-occurring chemical element and the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Testing for it is very simple and mitigation methods can prevent it from becoming a health issue.

You Can Save Money by Understanding the Fees and Costs When Buying and Selling Real Estate
15Feb

You Can Save Money by Understanding the Fees and Costs When Buying and Selling Real Estate

Between the showings, inspections, and paperwork, it's easy to lose sight of how much you are paying for various things when buying and selling real estate. Most expenses are lumped into closing costs, which is the figure you pay at the end of the process to complete the transaction. You can save a lot of money if you pay attention to closing costs and understand exactly where your money is going.

Avoid Unnecessary Heartache When Ordering Flowers for Your Special Someone on a Special Day
12Feb

Avoid Unnecessary Heartache When Ordering Flowers for Your Special Someone on a Special Day

Whether you are ordering flowers for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, an anniversary or any other special occasion, you want the best flowers for the money. Depending upon a variety of factors, your special someone can receive anything from dead flowers or the wrong color all the way to tulips when you expected roses. Keep these tips in mind when selecting, ordering and delivering the right flowers.

Fraudulent Tax Emails Are Again Making the Rounds Trying to Steal Your Money and Information
11Feb

Fraudulent Tax Emails Are Again Making the Rounds Trying to Steal Your Money and Information

It's not even tax time, but criminals have already started targeting unsuspecting taxpayers with phishing emails intended to download malware onto their computers. The latest emails appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), are signed 'Department of Treasure,' and have a Microsoft Word document attached that appears to be a tax transcript. Don't fall for it. The IRS doesn't work this way.

Mortgage Assistance and Foreclosure Relief Scams Prey on Those Who Are Struggling the Most
10Feb

Mortgage Assistance and Foreclosure Relief Scams Prey on Those Who Are Struggling the Most

While you may not have a lot of extra cash, you probably have enough to pay the bills. But many people struggle to make ends meet, sometimes resorting to extremes to pay their mortgages. Scammers know this and target these struggling homeowners. So take a moment to be able to recognize mortgage assistance and foreclosure relief scams and the tactics thieves use to victimize you and your loved ones.

Preventing Identity Theft and What to Do if You Become the Next Victim of Identity Thieves
9Feb

Preventing Identity Theft and What to Do if You Become the Next Victim of Identity Thieves

Identity theft is a serious crime. Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax return in your name and get your refund. In some cases, they might even use your identity when arrested, giving you a criminal record.

Freezing Water Pipes Are a Problem in the South, but You Can Prevent Them With Simple Steps
5Feb

Freezing Water Pipes Are a Problem in the South, but You Can Prevent Them With Simple Steps

It's a scientific fact that water freezes when the temperature drops low enough. So it's never too late to safeguard your plumbing against freezing temperatures, especially with the wild temperature swings we experience here in North Carolina. Taking a little bit of time and spending a few dollars can save you thousands of dollars in preventable repairs down the road, not to mention the headaches.

Scammers Try to Break Your Heart and Empty Your Bank Account as Valentine's Day Approaches
4Feb

Scammers Try to Break Your Heart and Empty Your Bank Account as Valentine's Day Approaches

If you miss your special someone, it's easy to feel lonely and left out of love as Valentine's Day draws closer. He might be busy in graduate school. She may have found someone else. Whatever the reason, scammers target lonely and heartbroken people who let down their guards, especially at this time of year. Dating websites and apps can help you find love, but not everyone has the best intentions.

Common Red Flags That Will Prompt the IRS to Pull Your Income Tax Return Aside for an Audit
2Feb

Common Red Flags That Will Prompt the IRS to Pull Your Income Tax Return Aside for an Audit

You've probably seen ads guaranteeing that certain things you do will ensure you won't get audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at tax time. Want to know a secret? You can never completely avoid the possibility of a tax audit. The overall number of taxpayers chosen for an audit is usually less than one percent. But there are steps you can take to make an income tax audit even less likely.

When You Are Allowed to Cancel a Sale Under the Federal Trade Commission's Cooling Off Rule
1Feb

When You Are Allowed to Cancel a Sale Under the Federal Trade Commission's Cooling Off Rule

Far too many people are confused about their rights when it comes to cancelling a sale, particularly for vehicle purchases. Some people will say that you have three days to cancel a sale or return a product for a full refund. Others say that you have seven days. Some will say that you have no right to cancel a sale and that all purchases are final. So what's the truth? When can you cancel a sale?

Think Again if You're Thinking About Getting an Advance on Your Income Tax Refund This Year
22Jan

Think Again if You're Thinking About Getting an Advance on Your Income Tax Refund This Year

If you're short on money and know that you will be getting a tax refund this year, you may be tempted to get an advance on that refund. A tax refund advance, also called a Refund Anticipation Loan or a Refund Anticipation Check, is a very short-term loan based on your estimated income tax refund. But the fees and interest rates on them, which are often 200% or higher, should make you think twice.

Most Online Pharmacies Are Really Fake Sites Selling Illegal, Tainted or Counterfeit Drugs
21Jan

Most Online Pharmacies Are Really Fake Sites Selling Illegal, Tainted or Counterfeit Drugs

Thanks to the Internet, you can buy practically anything online today from the ordinary to the truly exotic. Buying medications is no exception. You can find nearly any medication you want with a quick web search. Unfortunately, nearly all online web pharmacies are illegal, selling not only controlled substances that can't be purchased online but also dangerous counterfeit and tainted medications.

Selling Your Home: How to Stand Out With These Tips to Sell Quickly for the Biggest Profit
20Jan

Selling Your Home: How to Stand Out With These Tips to Sell Quickly for the Biggest Profit

Have you finally made the decision to sell your home? Have you been trying to sell your home but haven't had many offers? Maybe the offers that have come your way are much lower than you were expecting? You could be a victim of a bad housing market or you might simply need to make a few inexpensive tweaks to make your home stand out from the others and make potential buyers just have to have it.

North Carolina Tenant Rights: Relationships Between Landlords and Tenants Can Be Complex
19Jan

North Carolina Tenant Rights: Relationships Between Landlords and Tenants Can Be Complex

Laws governing relationships between a landlord and a tenant are complex. While most problems that arise are caused by simple misunderstandings, some are caused intentionally and may require a legal strategy. One of the simplest ways to protect yourself is to thoroughly read and understand your lease before you sign it. If problems do happen down the road, the lease becomes critically important.

The Arrival of Dry, Colder Weather Means That It's Time to Add Some Moisture to Your Home
18Jan

The Arrival of Dry, Colder Weather Means That It's Time to Add Some Moisture to Your Home

With the oppressive summer humidity behind us, North Carolinians are bracing for the cold and dry air of winter. This dry air, which can quickly drop from an ideal humidity range of 50 percent to around as low as 10 percent, often leads to sore throats, itchy skin, dry eyes and other ailments. A humidifier can help bring up these humidity levels and ease some of the problems low humidity can cause.

Watch Out for These Red Flags of Credit Repair Scams and Avoid Companies That Display Them
16Jan

Watch Out for These Red Flags of Credit Repair Scams and Avoid Companies That Display Them

A financial setback is devastating, especially to your credit rating. Repairing the damage to your credit afterwards can seem impossible. During these times of anxiety, it can be easy to fall victim to scammers wanting to take your money with promises of repairing your credit history. Before you fall victim to credit repair scams, look out for these red flags and avoid companies that display them.

If You Want a Larger Tax Refund, Don't Forget About These Common Tax Breaks and Deductions
15Jan

If You Want a Larger Tax Refund, Don't Forget About These Common Tax Breaks and Deductions

Are you looking for the biggest tax refund you can get this year? You're not alone. But far too many people miss out on some common tax deductions each year. But you don't have to be one of them. Review the following tax deductions to see if you might be missing out on a larger tax refund. And don't despair if you see something you may have missed last year. You can always amend last year's taxes.

Scam Alert: Don't Be Tempted to Return Calls or Text Messages From These Scammy Area Codes
14Jan

Scam Alert: Don't Be Tempted to Return Calls or Text Messages From These Scammy Area Codes

Scammers are always looking for new ways to steal money from their unsuspecting victims. One scam still bilking its victims involves calling or texting from some kind of premium phone number, or one that will put charges on your phone bill each time you call or text back. It works very similar to how a 900 number works. But in this case, you don't find out about the high costs until it's too late.

Here's How You Can Cash in on Those Unwanted Gift Cards You Got in Your Christmas Stocking
13Jan

Here's How You Can Cash in on Those Unwanted Gift Cards You Got in Your Christmas Stocking

People often receive gift cards from people they don't know too well. While the thought is nice, there's a good chance the gift card will be for a store you never visit or that sells things you would never want. But even if the card you get is for your favorite store, there's still a chance you'll forget about it. So if you have an unwanted gift card or two, there are a few options to put it to use.

A Sewer Backup Endorsement to Your Homeowners or Renters Insurance Can Save You Money Later
12Dec

A Sewer Backup Endorsement to Your Homeowners or Renters Insurance Can Save You Money Later

Most people don't know that insurance often doesn't cover you if something causes sewage to back up into your home. Damages from these types of incidents can add up to many tens of thousands of dollars quickly and make your home a HAZMAT site. But an optional sewer backup endorsement from your insurance company can save you a lot of money later. Without one, you can end up footing the whole bill.

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