Ellen Phillips is a retired English teacher who has written two consumer-oriented books. Her Consumer Watch column appears on Saturdays in the Business section of the paper. An expanded version is at www.timesfreepress.com under Local Business.
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I just accompanied my friend to the Emergency Room, and it was a terrible experience.
ShopSmart, one of my all-time favorite resources, recently printed an article about road rage.
Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when many of us turn into one, big mass of sniveling idiots, frantically culling through hundreds, if not thousands, of receipts in preparation for that dreaded date — April 15th.
I’ve just received an almost $1,000 bill from a health provider that, between Medicare and my secondary insurance plan, should have been covered. I can’t seem to get anyone explain why my claim was denied. Can you help? — Paul Patient
As readers recall from last week’s column, it’s vital we get our ducks in a row when hiring a cleaning crew who will have access to our home and belongings. Trust is key here, which makes it even more important to research before and during the interview process.
Q: My New Year’s gift to myself is to hire a maid service. However, I’m really not sure how to find the right one for what I can afford and the kinds of questions to ask when interviewing. Any suggestions?
Even in the South, winter driving can be treacherous. One minute you’re cruising along the highway and the next an unplanned event forces you off the road.
Many of us make basic New Year’s Resolutions, only to discover on down the road, for example, that extra five holiday pounds have doubled to ten or clearing out dresser drawer clutter only added more debris to the linen closet.
I’ve been collecting hints all year for last-minute gifts during the holiday season.
Continuing on with charitable organizations, this week’s column suggests charities worth putting your money where your mouth is, compliments of Real Simple magazine.