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December 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide
This guide from Consumer Reports has deals, product reviews, and tips on shopping.

Shopping and Your Privacy
Check out these tips from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse to help you protect your privacy.

8 Things Not to Keep In Your Wallet This Holiday Season
These tips can help you protect yourself from ID Theft.

National Traffic and Road Closure Information
Before you head out on the road, use the links on this page from the Federal Highway Administration to check out your route.

November 2016

Kids turning 16? Check their credit report.
This article from the FTC explains why you need to check their report and how to do it.

$14.7 Billion Volkswagon Diesel Settlement Wins Final Approval
This article from Consumer Reports explains the settlement and the choices affected consumers have.

How Much Energy Can You REALLY Save with Energy Efficient Improvements?
This article from provides a list of specific actions and tips that can help you save energy and money year-round.

Dangers of debit: 10 places to never use a debit card!
This article from Clark Howard looks at the differences between debit and credit cards when it comes to fraud protections and why you shouldn't use your debit card for certain purchases.

October 2016

Warning: This new IRS scam cost a college student $1,762 in savings
This article from Clark Howard describes the scam and how you can avoid it.

How Much Control Do You Actually Have Over Your Private Data?
This article from Consumerist describes how various types of data are protected, who has to protect it, and who you can complain to.

Consumer Reports has put together a list from many security experts of 66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Now. If that sounds like too many, then check out their 10-Minute Digital Privacy Tuneup. Implementing just a few can improve your online privacy.

August 2016

How to Save on Back-to-School Shopping
These article from Consumer Reports shares several smart shopping strategies.

5 Quick Ways to Save Energy on Home Cooling
Check out these energy and money saving tips from

Fraud Affects Every Community
These resources from the FTC can help you protect your community—especially older adults, military families and immigrants from fraud.

Travel Tipping Quiz
Take this quiz to find out if you know who to tip and how much when traveling.

July 2016

Online Tracking
Check out the FTC's updated guide which describes different methods of online tracking, how they work, and how you can control them.

How to Minimize Your Risk of Smartphone Hacking
These tips from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse can help you make your smartphone more secure.

These mysterious fees are driving up your cell phone bill
This article from Clark Howard explains the fees and surcharges on your bill.

7 Ways to Score Brilliant Bargains at Garage Sales
Like to shop at garage/yard sales? Read these tips from Consumer Reports before heading out on your next trip.