Ellen Phillips (Reporter)
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.
Even though I don't begin my annual "Tax Tips" until March, many of you are already banging heads with Uncle...
Continuing with my (and yours, hopefully) New Year's resolution to protect our identity in 2018 and for years to come,...
For me to have a happy new year, it's necessary to put on my preaching cap.
Before "Auld acquaintance be forgot," don't neglect to return unwanted gifts as quickly as possible.
"It's Christmas Eve..."
Last week, we mentioned online retail for gift shopping.
I'm not really an "online" guy and prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores, especially with so much holiday shopping coming...
As continuation from last week's health practices, eyesight and smiles are no less significant than hand-washing and drinking water, among...
No one admires American veterans more than I.
Readers are probably a bit tired of hearing about credit misbehavior, but I'd rather bore you for protection rather than...
The American Academy of Pediatrics offer many excellent suggestions for keeping our kiddies safe on Halloween as the little goblins,...
Q: I keep hearing friends talk about their home warranty.
We lost our dog "child" several weeks ago and are now ready to give a home to a new puppy.
In checking my monthly bills, I've noticed several billing mistakes in the past few months.
The exact same day my husband placed credit/security freezes on Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reporting agencies ("The Big Three"),...
My daughter and her fiancé plan to marry in December.
Yes, news of Equifax's massive identity-theft cyber break-in is everywhere, including a big article in this paper's last Sunday edition.
With the Labor Day holiday on Monday, piggybacking on last week's column is a reminder that paying less for these...
The biggest political hullabaloo lately has been health care and what to do about potential changes.
Today's column features stores (online and bricks-and-mortar) that have the best sales on special items for most back-to-schoolers.