Ellen Phillips

"All I hear about health care reform confuses me. Surely you can help make some of the new information more concise."

If you couldn’t decide upon a new computer purchase featured in last week’s column, perhaps you need some more information. Whether desktop or laptop, money to burn, or you’re Fannie or Frank Frugal, we all need to know how best to choose a computer, before even thinking about a brand.

Now that school’s officially begun, it may be time to purchase a computer, either for home use or for your student’s purpose. (Hopefully, you took advantage of last month’s tax holiday for this or any other allowable school acquisition.)

More than a half century ago while visiting near Fort Myers, Fla., author Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote, “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.”

Q: I know you’ve written about telephone plans in the past, but I’m trying hard to save money on my phone bills. Any new advice? — ET Phone Home

Q: We’ve just purchased an older home that’s truthfully pretty ugly. We don’t have a lot of cash to upgrade or beautify, but we know some improvements must be made. Any ideas to help out our budget? — Linda and Louie Lackluster

I thoroughly enjoy skimming through women’s magazines in my leisure time and between the fashions and food sometimes discover some meaningful consumer information.

The July-August issue of AARP’s Bulletin includes a scary alert and some savvy advice for all consumers, not just senior citizens.

After a fender-bender that wasn’t even my fault, my insurance company raised my rates. Is there anything I can do? — Furious Freddy

Carrying over from last week’s question about manufactured (mobile) homes and warranty concerns, I decided to copy the idea of some big hit movies and make this column a “prequel.” So with regard to actually buying this type of home warranty initially, clip out today’s column and keep it handy when you begin to shop.

Q We bought our mobile home three years ago and were suckered into the extended warranty. While they told us it covered “everything” in the home, it turns out the actual extended warranty only covers certain things. Plus, when we need repairs (way too often) we have to pay a $100 deductible each time. Is there anything we can do about this so-called warranty? — Cheated Chuck

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With so many stories about “ObamaCare” rolling around, I found some great news with regards to extra help for certain Medicare participants.

OK, you've written the be-all-to-end-all resume, but stop before sending it to prospective employers. No matter how great a job we think we did, I'll just bet an error or two is hiding just waiting to surface when Mr. Boss Man's eagle eye skims the form.

Q I was laid off from work a few weeks ago and just got around to polishing up my resume. I worked for the same company for almost 20 years so I'm not sure if the resume says enough to land me another position.

Q We've moved into an older house that seems to have drafty windows. I've enjoyed your advice about hiring general contractors, but I expect window contractors' qualifications might be different. What do you advise? -- Carl Chilly

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