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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No matter where you turn these days, you’re bound to read or hear about extended auto service contracts. If you’re not hearing about them on television or radio ads, you’re coming home to mailers telling you to have your contract activated immediately. 

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With tuition payments, financial aid applications, and school supplies, August marks the month for students looking to spend their money on going back to colleges or universities. Scammers take this opportunity to sway students who are looking for better ways to manage their money. 

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One of the hardest and most important choices working parents can make is deciding who will care for their children while they’re at work. Parents should take plenty of time to find safe, reliable child care that suits their children and schedules. 

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Scams can affect any consumer, but military personnel and their families are statistically more likely to fall victim to costly and embarrassing fraud. This is particularly true of active-duty servicemembers. 

Better Business Bureau warns military families to be aware of common scams that target them, and take steps to guard their identity and finances. Employment, home improvement, and online purchase scams are high risk for the military community, according to the 2018 Scam Tracker Risk Report. 

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Buying a used car can be a smart financial decision, especially if your budget is limited. However, failing to do your homework before you buy can put you in a disastrous - or even dangerous - situation.