Plan your 2018 purchases now, while you still can. Here’s how.

Behold, the buying calendar.

It’s the ultimate consumer tool. If you’re planning to spend money in 2018, you need to get organized. Why? Because businesses are.

They know when you’re likely to buy and are constantly trying to manipulate you with a barrage of ads and armies of highly trained sales associates who don’t take “no” for an answer. Read more “Plan your 2018 purchases now, while you still can. Here’s how.”

Leave this at home when you go shopping (or you’ll regret it)

What should you leave at home when you go shopping this summer? Jennifer Boaro prefers this strategy: Put your credit cards into a cup of water. Then store it in the freezer. Read more “Leave this at home when you go shopping (or you’ll regret it)”

Covered for my car rental in Costa Rica — except for the tires

Thomas Bell assumes he’s covered by Budget’s optional collision-damage waiver when he rents a car in Costa Rica. But now the company wants him to pay for a new set of tires. Can it do that? Read more “Covered for my car rental in Costa Rica — except for the tires”

Budget charged an extra $1,200 for my car. Talk about blowing the Budget!

When Noeleen and Eddie Newman got back home to Ireland, they were shocked to find an extra $1,200 charged to their credit card by Budget Rent A Car for their rental while visiting the U.S. After we got involved, Budget offered them a partial refund. Is it enough?

Read more “Budget charged an extra $1,200 for my car. Talk about blowing the Budget!”

Why Budget’s false “smoke odor” charge stinks

After Bikiran Bayan returns his rental car to Budget, he receives a $250 invoice for smoke odors. But Bayan doesn’t smoke. So why is Budget billing him? Read more “Why Budget’s false “smoke odor” charge stinks”