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.”

“Thanks for your help, but …”

“Thanks for your help,” Paul Bisbee told me when he finally heard from American Airlines. “But it really should not be required.”
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What Expedia’s purchase of HomeAway means to you

With Expedia’s $3.9 billion acquisition of vacation rental website HomeAway, the obvious question is, What does this mean for travelers and consumers?
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Travel insurance policy void without a ring — is that right?

When Scott Mitchell booked an airline ticket to fly from Austin to New York to see his girlfriend, he decided to play it safe. He bought the optional policy offered through Allianz Travel Insurance.

He played — and he lost.

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Are you negotiating in good faith?

The house had been on the market for almost two years, and now the price was down. Way down.

I was ready to make an offer.

“You might want to get the roof checked out,” said the home inspector. “It looks pretty old to me.”

“Pretty old” was an understatement. Our insurance company refused to write a policy on a home with a roof that was older than eight years. The roof on the house we were about to purchase was 19 years old. Not only that, it was worn out from one too many Texas hailstorms.
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