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Prepare for winter weather emergencies while avoiding scams

Terri Miller
Scammers don’t hibernate in the winter. Just like you, they’re watching the weather reports and preparing for storms — and they’re counting on catching you unawares. As you get ready for winter
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Spot and avoid home-related fraud this winter

Gema de las Heras
Between inflation and soaring energy prices, many of us are thinking about how much more it’s going to cost to stay warm this year. Getting an email, a call, or a knock on your door with an offer to
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How to save money heating your home this winter

Colleen Tressler
The days are getting cooler — in fact, some parts of the U.S. have already seen snow. Experts report it’s going to be an expensive winter to heat your home, but there are things you can do now to cut
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Looking for alternatives for your holiday shopping?

Amy Hebert
You’ve probably heard: this holiday season, it might be harder to find the gifts you’re looking for. So, many of us might be looking for alternatives, like buying gifts locally — or maybe from online
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FTC puts advertisers on notice: honest opinions only

Seena Gressin
If you’re like many people, before you lay your money down — particularly for big-ticket items — you want to hear what past buyers say about them. The FTC took a big step today to make sure that what

Online Shopping

People used to have to go to stores to comparison shop, and clip paper coupons to get good deals. Technology means we can shop from home, but we still need to comparison shop, read reviews, and check

Shopping for Light Bulbs

For years, people chose light bulbs by the watt, learning over time how bright a typical 40-watt or 60-watt bulb looks. But wattage tells you only how much energy a bulb uses — not how bright it is

How To Save Money on Heating and Cooling Your Home

More than half of energy used in a typical home goes toward heating and cooling it, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The more energy efficient your heating, ventilation, and air
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The FTC weighs in on repair restrictions

Emily Wu
When you buy a new smartphone, computer, home appliance, or other product, you may not always think about whether it can be fixed if it breaks or has an issue. But here’s the thing: some manufacturers
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Would you rather save $5,000 or lose 5 pounds?

Gretchen Abraham
If you picked the money, you’re not alone. As we start 2020, many of us are making financial resolutions. Of course, saving more or paying down debt sounds great, but getting started can feel