Entries from December 2008

Credit Card Fraud is On the Rise

Date December 29, 2008

With the downturn of the economy, the holidays, and for whatever other reasons, credit card fraud is increasingly becoming a problem. Whether your card is stolen, or skimmed, thieves are using innocent consumers’ cards to buy gas, shop at Wal-Mart,  buy groceries, and more. What is skimming? Skimming is the theft of credit card information. […]

The Cheapest Family in America

Date December 26, 2008

A few days ago somebody forwarded me this article about the cheapest family in America. I didn’t know what to think, but as soon as I started reading I was intrigued. Basically, there is this family of seven – yes, seven – in Arizona who lives off of only $44,000 a year, and have already paid […]

Best Money-Saving Deals on Cars Between Christmas and New Years!

Date December 22, 2008

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz that the best time to buy a car, because of all the money-saving deals, is between December 25th and January 1st. So I decided to talk to a couple contacts I have in the auto industry to see if it was true. According to them, it is. Dealerships […]

LA Department of Consumer Affairs: Foreclosures, Legal Help and More

Date December 8, 2008

Are you having trouble making your mortgage payment? Has your house been foreclosed on? Have you been laid off recently and need money-saving tips or legal help? If any of these apply to you, or someone you know, definitely check out the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs site.

More about Gift Cards…

Date December 5, 2008

Thanks to one of our readers for sending me the following quote, reinforcing the earlier post on gift cards and why they’re still an excellent gift, despite the poor economy: “As a leader in the gift card industry, we at Blackhawk Network (largest third party distributor of gift cards and creator of Gift Card Mall) […]

Beware of Expiring or Invalid Gift Cards!

Date December 5, 2008

Apparently there have been a swarm of e-mails going around warning everyone that, because of our poor economy, stores are closing and to be careful that some gift cards may not be honored through the holidays. I’m sure you’ve seen it at least once at this point. The e-mail goes on to list numerous stores […]

The Holidays Don’t Have to be Stressful!

Date December 1, 2008

Let’s face it. The economy stinks right now. But the holidays are upon us and we want to buy our loved ones gifts, entertain, and have holiday-as-usual. As we saw by the news reels of Black Friday, and the unfortunate incidents at the New York Wal-Mart and a Palm Desert Toys “R” Us store, shoppers […]