Tips for baby boomers on how to buy auto insurance, carpet, or bicycles and select a kennel, housecleaner, or appliance repairer
One of the best consumer resources available for baby boomers is Checkbook magazine. It provides ratings of local businesses in seven areas of the country: Boston, Chicago, Delaware Valley, Puget Sound, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C.
The new Winter/Spring 2009 issue covers these topics:
- Supermarkets: Which stores have the best prices based on a 152-item shopping list.
- Auto Insurance companies: Steps that will help consumers save hundreds of dollars a year, and ratings of companies selling auto insurance.
- Kennels: Local kennels ratings, and a price comparison showing that some of the higher-rated facilities have below-average prices.
- Carpet stores: Stores named that rate best for quality of advice, ease of shopping, reliability of delivery, and quality of installation and that have the best prices.
- Housecleaners: Information on how to decide whether to hire a housecleaning company or an individual housecleaner, a listing of how companies rate for quality and price, and how to avoid a mess with any cleaner.
- Bike shops: A listing of the top shops in the areas for purchases and repairs, and a discussion of online bicycle shopping.
- Major appliance repair: A rating of appliance repair shops, those that receive praise and some that arrive late, miss appointments, overcharge, and fail to get the appliance operating properly after many tries.
Other topics include ratings of upholsterers, window washers, and shoe repair shops.
Checkbook magazine is available for $10 at Barnes & Noble and Borders. Or become a subscriber at www.checkbook.org/ for $30 for two years.
Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist