Community Be a Calculated Gift Giver this Holiday Season
With careful planning, consumers can make the most of their holidays without straining their budgets. Better Business Bureau and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions are encouraging consumers to be "calculated gift givers" this holiday season. Here are five tips to help you be more calculated in your holiday planning:
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:13:15 AM
Community New IPhone app alerts Just in time for holiday travel and flu season
Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company that tracks illness, has launched their first mobile app for the iPhone to alert users in real-time when they enter sick zones: areas near reports of illness gathered from social media. This is the first app of it's kind to leverage big data from social media, along with Apple iOS's geofencing and notification technologies, to serve health alerts.
Nov 28, 2013 - 5:17:26 AM
Community Thriving in the Face of Cancer: You Are Not Alone
When you or someone you love hears the words, "you have cancer," it changes your whole life. It sweeps away not just the patient, but the entire family, leaving everyone feeling helpless, lonely and afraid. Then it dumps you onto a healthcare conveyer belt that adds to the confusion, disconnection and exhaustion. That's why Reimagine steps in: to make sure that you and your family are not alone. A revolutionary new wellness company, Reimagine is providing the "other half of care"--care for the person--by addressing the social and emotional challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:37:52 AM
Community 8 Holiday Travel Tips That Will Help You Save Money
Marlborough, MA -- The holiday season is fast-approaching and if you haven't already booked your flight home, now is definitely the time to do it. When it comes to booking holiday flights; the earlier you book, the more you'll save. This may seem like a standard rule of thumb but Better Business Bureau has a few more travel tips to help you save time and money this holiday season:
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:05:33 AM
These watercolor paintings by Leo Trinkuns (1899-1948) who died while living at Insula. He was among the millions of refugees from Eastern and Central Europe who were left stranded in a Germany defeated and devastated by the end of World War II.
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:02:18 AM
Community BBB Recommends 4 Ways to Teach Your Child Cyber Awareness
Marlborough, MA -- As a parent, one of your top priorities is the safety of your children. You teach your child not to talk to strangers and to look both ways when crossing the road, but how often do you talk to your child about cyber security?
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:53:20 AM
Community Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?
Standard pet insurance is similar to human health insurance in many ways. It is provided by a third party and can be used either at any vet or one within a participating network of providers. Pet insurance plans may include deductibles, co-payments and exclusions. Premiums typically vary depending on your pet's species, breed and age and the level of coverage you choose. If you are seriously considering pet insurance, keep in mind that not all plans are created equal. Make sure to ask questions regarding insurance policies, exclusions, co-payments, and coverage limits.
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:33:11 PM
Community Craigslist Mugging Prompts Private Sales Warnings
Wisconsin woman Emily Graham recently tried to sell her three-carat diamond ring through a listing on Craigslist. Someone posing as a buyer allegedly duped her into flying to St. Louis to meet him, then assaulted and robbed her.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:25:36 AM
Community 4 Tips for Getting the Most "BOO" for Your Halloween Buck
Halloween is just around the corner and department stores have lined their aisles with ghostly costumes and spooky decorations. Halloween is known for being one of the biggest holiday shopping seasons of the year. The average American will spend $75.03 on Halloween items this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Total spending on candy, costumes and decorations is expected to reach a whopping $7 billion.
Oct 17, 2013 - 6:53:46 AM
Community Commissioners refuse to approve social studies textbooks in Tennessee
Yes, folks, you can fight city hall. It's not easy, but it can be done. You have to be informed, organized and strategic. Which is what we do at ACT! for America and what our Tennessee chapter leaders and members did. They did it smart. They did it right. And they're just the latest example of what ACT! for America is accomplishing and how our strategic and grassroots approach WORKS!
Oct 15, 2013 - 6:10:55 AM
Community Giving Real Opportunities to Thieves
These tidbits of information were forwarded in an email and are a stark reminder of how careful we must be in this technological age. With a little care and attention, we can save ourselves a lot of emotional and financial trouble. We can protect ourselves from home invaders.
Aug 14, 2013 - 1:00:17 AM
Community Tips for Summer Vacations
Vacations can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. Rather than overspending, be proactive and plan ahead. This time around, you can enjoy a real vacation without depleting your funds or creating unnecessary debt.
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:07:27 AM
Community National Moving Month Scams
May is National Moving Month, which kicks off the busiest time of year for Americans changing residencies. It also means unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers are waiting to take advantage of unwary consumers. Better Business Bureau is again joining with the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) to provide important tips on how to avoid scams.
May 8, 2013 - 1:36:06 AM
Community Charity Scams - Boston Marathon Bombing
At least one poorly-conceived charity scam has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and more are likely. BBB Wise Giving Alliance ("Alliance"), the national charity monitoring arm of the Better Business Bureau, and BBB Serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont ("BBB Boston") cautions donors about potential red flags concerning tragedy-related philanthropy.
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:13:01 AM
Community The Pitfalls of auto insurance
Marlborough, MA -- Motor vehicle collisions and other auto-related mishaps result in billions of dollars in property damage, medical and legal bills and lost income every year. Car owners need to protect their vehicle and themselves with auto insurance, but how do you know if you are properly covered?
Mar 20, 2013 - 9:16:28 AM
Community How Can I Tell Fake Coupons from Real Ones?
Searching for coupons online is an easy way to save money. Unfortunately, it's also an easy way to give your name and contact info to scammers. Be sure to verify a coupon deal is real before sharing your information.
Jan 18, 2013 - 10:55:32 PM
Community Watch out for false dieting claims
BBB processes hundreds of complaints against weight loss products and health clubs every year. Complaints range from recurrent charges on credit cards for "free" products to dissatisfaction with the hours or service provided by fitness clubs.
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:29:00 PM
Community The gift card text message scam is back
Marlborough, MA -- The gift card text message scam is back with a vengeance this holiday shopping season. Shoppers across the country are reporting receiving spam text messages, called smishing, saying they won a pricey gift card.
Dec 16, 2012 - 12:07:04 AM
Community The Civilian Corps of the U.S. Army Medical Command Dedicated To National Disability Employment Awareness
The Civilian Corps of the United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) wraps up National Disability Employment Awareness month with improved and ongoing dedication to providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Throughout its 2012 recruitment efforts, the Civilian Corps implemented strategic plans recently developed to improve the recruitment, hiring and retention of people with targeted disabilities. By the end of fiscal year 2013, the Civilian Corps aims to increase its Individuals with Targeted Disabilities (IWTD) workforce to 1% to support the Department of Defense's employment goals and objectives.
Nov 2, 2012 - 8:52:44 PM
Community Operation Homefront Seeks Volunteers Bangor, Maine -- Operation Homefront, the national non-profit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and Wounded Warriors, has announced its annual Back-to-School Brigade program to collect school supplies for military kids.
Jul 25, 2012 - 12:13:07 AM