Ellen Phillips is a retired English teacher who has written two consumer-oriented books. Her Consumer Watch column appears on Saturdays in the Business section of the paper. An expanded version is at www.timesfreepress.com under Local Business.
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While the holiday shopping season generally means a fun time for celebrants, we do NOT want it to be enjoyable for crooks strolling store parking lots waiting to pounce upon unsuspecting customers.
I know you’ve occasionally written about discounts for seniors. Since I’ve just started my holiday shopping and funds are a bit scarce this year, can you update these discounts for me?
I want to share this with your readers. I recently received a $3,000 disbursement from an insurance policy that I knew nothing about and certainly didn’t know I was the beneficiary. You can bet I’ve checked to see if other monies were waiting for me to find them, too.
Q: I’m having a terrible time getting my insurance company to approve an in-patient procedure. Any ideas to help them along? — Paul Patient
I think the local auto mechanic ripped me off recently. Before my car needs another tune up (or a second opinion), what steps should I take to avoid problems like what I think I've experienced? — Adam Auto
Just as a reminder, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. with over 12 million victims annually.
With respect to last week's opening salvo about identity theft, what should we do once Carl Crooked's wicked fangs are tangled up in our informational jugular?
Although I’ve written about identity theft, a federal crime, in the past, my editor recently has received a number of inquiries on the subject and asked me to review the topic. Since this subject is near and dear to my heart (and pocketbook), I’m glad to oblige.
With my family’s insurance renewals coming up, I’ve spent the past couple of months checking out home and auto coverage from different companies. Interestingly enough, my research points out some myths about insurance that many folks may not know. For example: