With little action on Halloween last year, many consumers are excited about celebrating the fun, scary holiday this year. However, with supply chain disruptions and shipping delays, consumers may see empty shelves sooner than Nov. 1.
October 12 is National Savings Day. Its purpose is to empower people to feel more confident about their relationship with money by learning that saving money can be a simple, straightforward experience. Forty percent of Americans have less than $300 in savings.
Consumer spending on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion, up from $8.05 billion in 2020. About 65 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, up from 58 percent in 2020 and compared to 68 percent in 2019 before the covid-19 pandemic.
About 65 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, up from 58 percent in 2020 and near the 68 percent celebrating in 2019 before the covid-19 pandemic. Consumer spending for Halloween is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion, up from $8.05 billion in 2020.
Apps that provide access to credit scores may not offer all of the benefits users expect, and they can come with extra costs and risks that people may not foresee, Consumer Reports said. Americans can get access their credit reports for free once a year, but they don’t have a similar right to their credit scores, except in some cases.
A new scams comes from someone pretending to be your boss who’s asking for a favor and wants you to send gift cards to pay for something, such as an upcoming office party. Don’t take the bait. Find out if it’s really your boss. It could be a scammer trying to get your money.
We’ve all seen the TV ads, especially late at night, when the rates are cheaper. A guy says he can solve consumers’ timeshare problems and get them out of their contacts. If the exit company can’t get the contract canceled, he says, no worries, his company offers a money-back guarantee.
Every consumer needs to watch the documentary series “LuLaRich,” about LuLaRoe, a multilevel marketing scheme that sells colorful clothes and tights. It’s on Amazon Prime and hopefully will be available elsewhere, too. It shows in detail the thin line between multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes.
Since I was working in my yard, I missed the first part of the Emmys last week. Although it was fun to see the actors and the fashions, the awards were for a lot of TV programs I never watch. Why? Because I’m not willing to pay for streaming platforms such as Netflix, AppleTV+, and Hulu.
Following Hurricane Ida, flooding in Tennessee and on the East Coast, the wildfires in the West, and other natural disasters scammers are on the scene preying on people who are trying to recover. Tips on ways you can avoid common post-disaster scams are: