How to Protect Yourself from a Home Improvement Scam

July 31, 2018

From a small task like new sod, to a major job like a finished basement, home improvement projects can become a nightmare if you fall victim to a scam. Even the savviest consumers can get taken for a ride if they don’t know how to spot the red flags. So before you commit to any kind of home remodel or upgrade, make sure you know how to protect yourself from…

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How the Merger of Marriott and SPG Programs Will Affect Member Rewards

July 27, 2018

Marriott International bought Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide almost two years ago, but they’re just getting around to integrating the two hotel chains’ popular loyalty programs in August. Whether you’re a loyal Marriott lodger, you’re sitting on a mountain of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points, or if you’ve dabbled in both programs over the years, you may be wondering how this change is going to affect you. Don’t worry. The…

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5 Destinations in Mexico That Are Safer Than Playa Del Carmen and Cancun

July 2, 2018

Despite its decades-long history of trouble and violence, Mexico has remained a popular vacation destination. One of the main reasons is that tourist hubs like Playa Del Carmen and Cancun have largely been protected from the worst of the unrest. Recently, this has started to change and there have been gruesome and shocking incidents occurring in areas once thought unaffected. A bomb recently detonated on a passenger ferry from Playa…

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How to Stop Those Annoying Robocalls

June 14, 2018

Your phone rings, the number on the screen starts with your local area code. Of course you’re going to pick up. What if it’s the school nurse calling about your children? What if it’s your dentist’s office calling to reschedule an appointment? Then you pick up and a recording tells you that you’ve won a free cruise to Alaska or that you owe money to the IRS. Yes, you’ve been…

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Yes, It’s Still Safe to Visit Hawaii During the Volcanic Eruption

June 14, 2018

Reports of the ongoing volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii have been upsetting and dramatic. So far, the spewing and oozing lava from Kilauea has destroyed hundreds of homes and obliterated a scenic bay once popular for snorkeling. Near the volcano, residents have evacuated, not just because of the lava itself, but also because of air filled with ash, hydrochloric acid, and even particles of volcanic glass. The…

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