Consumer Handbook

Each week Whitney Quick, with the Better Business Bureau in Cape Girardeau, brings you tips to help you be a better consumer and not be caught off guard by scams or the unexpected.

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If spring fever has you dreaming of ways to spruce up your home this year, Better Business Bureau can help you find a trustworthy contractor to do the work and provide you with helpful tips to know before signing a contract or paying any money. It also helps consumers resolve hundreds of complaints against contractors every year.

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Heavy spring rains mean that area residents might need the services of a waterproofing company to help them with water-logged basements. Better Business Bureau advises consumers to check contractors out before signing a contract or paying any money.

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Warmer weather and sunshine are finally here, and the tax filing deadline is – thankfully – behind us. Chances are that your seasonal chores include a spring cleaning.

The National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau have teamed up to remind everyone that when clearing out clutter, don’t forget about the critical need to take action and protect your volumes of valuable information.

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In 2015, the St. Louis metropolitan area was ranked top in the nation for identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission. While the number of ID theft reports are not as high as they were that year, there’s still a need for consumers to safeguard personal information in as many ways possible.

Better Business Bureau’s “Shred Day” offers one easy way to safely dispose of outdated, sensitive materials. This year’s Shred Day is Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Cape Girardeau.

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A recent College Board survey revealed that one year of college education can cost more than $45,000. With rates for higher education continuing to rise, high school students and their families often scramble to manage the financial responsibility.