Quick hit: Equifax wants to give you $125. Maybe.

The Equifax data breach settlement details are out, and there's cash in it for you.If you can prove specific damages, you might score more than the minimum.But the payout is likely to be less than advertised. As a rule, I don't flag individual deals on their own, but this one is worth a few minutes … Continue reading Quick hit: Equifax wants to give you $125. Maybe.

Temporary email: Fight for your Right to Be Unknown

If you shop online with any frequency, check out temporary email services to keep your identity private - at least a little.Trashmail.com is a favorite, but there are others. In the category of savings tools - services that don't necessarily lead directly to savings, but expedite/support it in other ways - get familiar with temporary … Continue reading Temporary email: Fight for your Right to Be Unknown

Password Managers: a Life Raft in the Ecommerce Ocean

In the wild wild world of online commerce, a password manager is essential.LastPass is a solid choice, but there are several strong alternativesThere are privacy issues, but the convenience is probably worth the risks It's getting nearly impossible to navigate the security barriers of online shopping. I'm not complaining: if it's hard to for you … Continue reading Password Managers: a Life Raft in the Ecommerce Ocean

Savings Do’s and Don’ts

I thought about calling this "The Savings Manifesto," or "The Tao of Savings," or some such nonsense. But it's just some stuff that, after a little thought, strike me as central tenets for how to save, efficiently, without undue effort. 1. Move quickly This is probably rule #1. In general, there are two "issues" with … Continue reading Savings Do’s and Don’ts

Trim in Action: Savings from Thin Air

Trim is a wide-ranging service with big ambitions to help consumers get control of their finances. But Trim started with a simple mission: to track and save money on monthly recurring bills like cable, internet, mobile, and home security. They promise to negotiate better deals and to identify unused services that need cancellation. You pay … Continue reading Trim in Action: Savings from Thin Air

Is Honey worth the risk?

There's the general issue of privacy in the savings game - or really, in the Internet game - and then there's the details. This article, which I urge you to read, details the possible risks that Honey represents, as well as a few other commerce apps and extensions. From the article: Coupon and cashback sites … Continue reading Is Honey worth the risk?