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”

How knowing the right person can save you $600

Sometimes, it all comes down to who you know.
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“We hear some wild stories on this forum, but yours is just plain bizarre”

That’s how Judy Nagy, one of our forum advocates, responded to Michael McDougall when he shared his ridiculous, improbable, and apparently unresolvable case involving a frivolous claim on a Budget car rental. Read more ““We hear some wild stories on this forum, but yours is just plain bizarre””