| Jul 16, 2010
Like lots of fellow Floridians, Reginald Gaudette has plans to be away from his home this summer. For peace of mind on his travels to visit out-of-state family, he will rely mostly on one person to keep an eye on things back at home - himself.
| Mar 11, 2011
Got a consumer complaint? Contact Last Resort Columnist Greg Dawson.
His Last Resort column appears every Sunday on Page 2 of Lifestyle.
In the past, Dawson has addressed consumer complaints concerning everything from unscrupulous roofers to...
| Aug 11, 2010
| 3:10 PM
No Rest for Bridget, the one-stop shopping boutique for affordable and in-style apparel, is having a summer sale at both Orange County stores in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach — save up to 80% on the latest styles.
This is the place to find...
| Feb 5, 2010
When it comes to skyrocketing home phone bills, Floridians have been lucky, missing out on cost hikes other parts of the country have been experiencing.
But higher home phone bills could be just around the corner, say telecommunications experts. Phone...
| Nov 2, 2009
When it comes to safety, saving money or just plain having fun, the best advice for families is often good for others, too.
With that in mind, check out this short list of tips aimed at helping South Florida families be safe and savvy consumers whether...
| Mar 11, 2011
Losing your cell phone is a bummer, period. Unfortunately for Floridians, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa rank among the top 20 metropolitan areas when it comes to lost or stolen cell phones, according to a new market-research survey.
| Mar 24, 2011
| 8:53 AM
It's time to hang up the whisks. After 40 years in the newspaper business — 34 of them with the Chicago Tribune as a food writer and editor — I will be retiring April 1. It has been a 40-year feast, to say the least.
In 1973, when I started...
| Dec 17, 2010
Five days and counting: If you still don't know what to buy for that last person on your shopping list, a holiday gift card may be looking pretty good. But whether you give or receive one, know what you're getting into before you pay for it or use it....
| Jan 19, 2011
Call Rob McGarry a serial book-trader, which is to say he joined the growing numbers of consumers who choose to save money by trading and bartering books, DVDs, CDs and video games with others online.
McGarry, of Orlando, was tired of losing space in his...
| Feb 4, 2011
Florida consumer complaints were up slightly in 2010 compared to recent years, with the biggest gripes having to do with credit card companies and banks, phone service providers and, of course, telemarketers.
Last year the Department of Agriculture and...
| Mar 18, 2010
by Michael Muskal and Noam N. Levey The Congressional Budget Office today estimated the cost of the proposed healthcare overhaul at $940 billion over 10 years, a scoring that clears the way for a House vote as soon as Sunday.......