Consumer Reports Money Adviser: Don't Buy Into Expensive ID Theft Protection Services

Consumer Reports Money Adviser: Don't Buy Into Expensive ID Theft Protection Services

Identity theft can scare the bejeezus out of anyone — drained bank accounts, credit cards set up in your name, purloined Social Security numbers, oh my — but that doesn’t necessarily means you should buy into an expensive credit protection service. Our wise older siblings at Consumer Reports break it down in a new installment of Money Adviser. [More]

Actually Read Your New Gadgets' Manuals: Leave Them In The Bathroom

Actually Read Your New Gadgets' Manuals: Leave Them In The Bathroom

Whether you’re receiving them as gifts or picking them up at a discount in the fabulous end-of-year sales, a lot of you will be acquiring shiny new gadgets in the next few weeks. A lot of gadget problems can be solved if you actually read the manual in the first place, but who has time for that when there are packages to unseal and exciting new buttons to push? A Redditor has a novel suggestion that solves this problem: you’ll have time while sitting on the toilet, so leave the manuals to your new devices in there. [More]

Spending Traps We Succumbed To In 2011 & How To Avoid Them Next Year

Spending Traps We Succumbed To In 2011 & How To Avoid Them Next Year

When we were feeling good about spending this year, man, we were feeling good. But those spend-happy habits when the economy was on the uptick or when a sweet deal landed in your inbox should be shed when the ball drops on 2012. [More]

Survey: We Tip The People That Clean Our Houses, But Not The Ones Who Collect Our Garbage

Survey: We Tip The People That Clean Our Houses, But Not The Ones Who Collect Our Garbage

For a lot of people in various facets of the service industry, this time of year means that some customers will brighten up your holidays with a gift or a tip to show their appreciation. But new numbers from our surveying siblings at Consumer Reports break down which particular people get the most end-of-year love. [More]

Gifts That Will End Up Costing The Recipient More Money

Gifts That Will End Up Costing The Recipient More Money

Everyone loves getting free stuff. But not everyone is a fan of getting free stuff that requires them to then spend money just to use it. [More]

Here's How To Avoid Getting Stuck With Counterfeit Tickets

Here's How To Avoid Getting Stuck With Counterfeit Tickets

Oh, that terrible moment when you show up for the much-anticipated concert/sporting event and the ticket taker scans your ticket and… nothing. It’s a fake and you’re now poorer and without a ticket. If you’ve ever been tricked into buying a counterfeit ticket, there are ways you can minimize the risk of going through that humiliating moment. [More]

Suze Orman Gets Tough & Answers Your Questions In Chat With Consumerist

Suze Orman Gets Tough & Answers Your Questions In Chat With Consumerist

You asked, and financial advisor Suze Orman answered. Consumerist readers submitted some questions for the TV host, New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker and she sat down with Consumerist’s Chris Morran last week to discuss those financial tidibits. [More]

3 Tips On Holiday Tipping

3 Tips On Holiday Tipping

Now is the time of year when some people choose to add to the holiday cheer by leaving a little extra something out for the folks — doormen, mail carriers, garbage collectors — who make their lives easier during the other 49 weeks of the year. And if you’re going to hand out tips during the holiday season, there are some things you can do to make sure you’re doing it properly. [More]

Allay Delayed Holiday Flight Madness With A Few Simple Tips

Allay Delayed Holiday Flight Madness With A Few Simple Tips

It’s terrible, horrible, no good and very bad when your flight is delayed during the holidays. Whether you’re heading home to see Nana or fleeing your in-laws after forced Thanksgiving niceties, there are ways to avoid a stressful meltdown at the airport. [More]

How To Pick The Best Gadgets When Holiday Shopping

How To Pick The Best Gadgets When Holiday Shopping

As we gear up for holiday shopping season, shoppers are faced with some tough tech choices. Should I get the 3D TV, or a regular TV? E-book reader vs. tablet, what’s better? And if I have a cellphone with a decent camera, is it worth it to pack another gizmo in my pocket too? It all depends on what your needs are. Ben Popken from Consumerist.com and Theresa Panetta from Consumer Reports CRTV tossed on the boxing gloves to take the gadgets to the mat in a series of “Tough Tech Choices” videos. [More]

Make Your Own Soy Milk At Home

Make Your Own Soy Milk At Home

Habitual drinkers of soy milk can save money and have fun getting to know what they’re ingesting on a more granular level by learning to make their soy milk themselves. It’s pretty easy, and besides soaking the beans, only takes a few minutes. [More]

4 Plants For Lazy People

4 Plants For Lazy People

It’s nice to have plants around the house to recycle the air and brighten up the room. But what if you’re a lazypants and know you’re likely to forget to take care of them? Don’t worry, there are still plants for you. [More]

Early Bird Gets The Discount Halloween Candy Worm

Early Bird Gets The Discount Halloween Candy Worm

The best time to stock up on Halloween candy is today, the day right after Halloween. But you better get to the store early if you want to snag the best deals, and the best candy, before they get looted by everyone else. [More]

Make A Fog Machine For $5

Make A Fog Machine For $5

Forget tossing down the sawbucks at Guitar Center, you can make your own fog machine at home for just $5 with stuff you get from the store. Nope, there’s no dry ice, smarty pants. This video shows you how to do it. [More]

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

If your HDTV set is malfunctioning you follow the advice most HDTV manufacturers put on their website, you can actually end up screwing yourself. Surprise, surprise. Here’s what you should do instead. [More]

Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

The longer you work the same job, the more likely it is that you’ll lack the skills to do anything else when you’re unexpectedly kicked to the curb. Everyone is a tap on the shoulder away from unemployment, so do your best to make sure you’ve got the tools it will take to claw your way back into another role. [More]

Thieves Stealing Pickup Truck Tailgates

Thieves Stealing Pickup Truck Tailgates

The movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” is a lot more plausible if instead of stealing the whole car, you only focus on one smaller aspect of it. That’s what thieves in Oswego, IL are doing, stealing just the tailgates from pickup trucks. [More]

A Checklist For Quitting Your Job

A Checklist For Quitting Your Job

Mishandling the job-quitting process can lead to unforeseen complications. By planning an exit strategy before you drop the resignation letter bomb, you can make the difficult process as painless as possible. [More]