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Five ways to maximize your Back to School budget[Jul. 27, 2007]
For students across the country, the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. And, if you haven’t started your back-to-school shopping yet, you may soon find yourself dealing with large crowds and pricey cash register totals. Back-to-school spending is expected to jump 6.9 percent this year, and families with school-aged children are expected to spend a total of $18.4 billion, an average of $563.49 per child
Is getting paid to shop too good to be true?[Jul. 20, 2007]
In an exclusive report on secret shopping, ShopSmart
magazine, the new shopping magazine from the publishers of Consumer Reports
, found that while many jobs exist, consumers should be wary of scammers that have gotten into the game as well.
Giving the bounce to counterfeit check scams[Jul. 9, 2007]
It’s your lucky day! You just won a foreign lottery! The letter says so. And the cashier’s check to cover the taxes and fees is included. All you have to do to get your winnings is deposit the check and wire the money to the sender to pay the taxes and fees. You’re guaranteed that when they get your payment, you’ll get your prize.
No 'Free' lunch on credit report sites[Jul. 7, 2007]
Web sites aggressively advertising "free" credit reports are charging consumers for services they are unlikely to need, while drawing attention away from the site created by law to provide consumers with free credit data every year, says a Consumer Reports WebWatch study.
Consumer Reports rates airlines and JetBlue and Widwest topped surveys[Jun. 21, 2007]
Two smaller and newer airlines — JetBlue Airways and Midwest Airlines — topped Consumer Reports’ latest reader survey ratings of 18 airlines. US Airways and America West Airlines, which recently merged, were among the lowest scoring airlines in the survey. The results appear in the “Best Airlines for Today’s Busy Skies” article, in the July issue of Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports rates best hotels; Guest-gouging on the rise[Jun. 17, 2007]
The opulent Ritz-Carlton scored high in Ritz-Carltonoverall satisfaction while Homewood Suites and SpringHill Suites proved to also be excellent values, according to Consumer Reports’
latest survey that rates the best hotels for any budget.
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