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Turn the Tables on Telemarketers

Jolly Roger Telephone offers a bot that’s designed to waste as much of a telemarketer’s time as possible by making the caller think there’s a live human reacting to their spiel.

Best After-Christmas Return Policies

Receiving a less than savory Christmas gift doesn’t have to be a hassle when you’re dealing with some major retailers with liberal return policies.

Driving-Related Scams

You don’t have to journey far to get rooked in driving-related scams. Ruses making the rounds are as close as your computer, telephone or mailbox.

7 Insurance Rip-Offs to Avoid

Insurance is supposed to be a respectable field, but frankly, it sometimes resembles the much-maligned used car business. In both industries, it’s common for aggressive salespeople to pressure consumers into making unwise purchases.

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.