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Illinois Secretary of State Suspending Registration Renewal Notices

Due to the lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State’s office is suspending the mailing of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. By suspending this service, which will save approximately $450,000 per month, the office will be able to prolong the ability to mail vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners for a few months longer before the postage account is depleted. Vehicle owners are encouraged to be mindful of their vehicle registration status. You can get a paperless renewal notice by email here.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Victories

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB) has been steadily doing what it was created to do: safeguarding consumers from the greedy practices of businesses that think they can act without regard for the law.  The CFPB’s website is here.

How to Stop Telemarketing Calls

Everybody hates telemarketing calls, but there are somethings you can do about them. First step, add your number to the Do Not Call Registry. And if you do get a robocall, don’t respond, just hang up.

Money-Saving Myths That Cost Money

Do you believe these 7 money-saving myths?  They may be costing you money.

How to Save at Costco

If you’re a Costco member, you probably know a thing or two about saving a buck. But there are ways to cut costs even further at the ubiquitous warehouse club, with its nearly 700 locations worldwide. Part of the strategy is knowing where and when to find the deepest deals. Consumer Reports lists the best Costco products large and small, including condiments, detergents, mattresses, and more.

Best Apps to Find Cheap Gas

If you’re looking for the absolute best gas prices, here are 5 apps that can save you money at the pump. But each has pros and cons.

Best Things to Buy After-Christmas

You can find deep discounts on apparel, electronics, holiday items and more at the after-Christmas sales.

Find Out If Food You Eat Away From Home is Good for You

Proposed requirements from the Food and Drug Administration could end up letting you see calorie counts for most things you eat outside the home — from vending machines to chain restaurants, movie theater popcorn to pre-made sandwiches at the grocery store. The rules are meant to show Americans how many calories are packed into our favorite foods, as we consume a third of our total calories outside the home.

Cut Your Wireless Bill

If you’re unhappy with your cell phone service now might be a unique time to either renegotiate your contract or move to a new carrier.

Tax Credits For Electric Cars

A federal tax credit applies to nearly every electric car and plug-in hybrid on the market and it can, in some cases, effectively reduce your cost for such a model to that of an ordinary gasoline vehicle (or even less). To find out more, check here.