How to spot fake reviews

Shopping online for all of your holiday gifts? Don’t let fake 5-star reviews trick you into making the wrong buying decision. BBB shares tips on how to spot them.

Thanksgiving tips to make saving money as easy as pie

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to spend quality time together and enjoy delicious food. With the holidays right around the corner, however, this time of year can be particularly expensive. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending in November and December is expected to reach up to $730 billion. With your upcoming gift-giving in mind, you may be looking…

Keeping kids safe online

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a multimillion-dollar settlement with Google over YouTube’s handling of videos aimed at children. The initial investigation came after concerned parents and consumer groups reported that adult content appeared when searching for children’s videos and queued up after watching kid-friendly content. This has led to a larger conversation about privacy and…

BBB’s guide to Independence Day

This Thursday, Americans across the country will be celebrating the Fourth of July with friends, family, food and fireworks. Some people will use the holiday as an opportunity to stay in town and relax, while others will take the time to travel. No matter what your plans, BBB is here to prepare you for a smart and safe Independence Day. Keep the following tips in mind when planning your Fourth of July festivities: Travel It is estimated that a…

Boosting your productivity

With July on the horizon, you may be in the midst of a mid-year productivity slump. The spring cleaning you performed was short-lived, and your New Year resolutions are a distant memory. However, keeping productive now will save you a lot of headaches during the end of year chaos. Feel stuck and not sure where to start? BBB shares tips on how…

Shopping for Father’s Day

Americans love showing dads their appreciation by splurging on the perfect Father’s Day gift. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, spending habits for Father’s Day 2019 will reach an all-time high at an estimated $16B, up from last year’s $15.3B. With Father’s Day quickly approaching, you may feel the pressure to get him…

Booking your summer vacation accommodation

With the first day of summer on the horizon, you may be thinking about booking your next getaway. Whether you decide to sit on the sand or breathe in fresh mountain air, choosing your accommodations is a vital part of your vacation planning. The more traditional traveler may choose to stay in a hotel, while…

National Social Security Month illuminates dangerous scams

National Social Security Month is celebrated in April and is dedicated to educating people about Social Security programs and services. In 2019, about 64 million Americans will receive Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, whether you already receive benefits or not, your Social Security account is an enticing target for scammers. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates…

Spring into home improvement

Spring has officially sprung! Now is the perfect time to start planning out those home improvement and maintenance projects that you’ve been putting off all year long. Consider these recommendations from BBB to spring your home back into pristine shape and avoid big repair bills later. Spring Home Maintenance Checklist: Examine the roof Your roof…

Protecting minors from the growing threat of identity theft

Identity theft can happen at any age, but it’s a growing problem amongst children. According to the 2018 Child Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy & Research, more than 1 million children in the U.S. were victims of identity theft last year, resulting in losses of $2.67 billion. But thanks to a new federal law…