Buying Advice in Columns

9 Amazon Prime perks you’re probably not using

Amazon.com likes to change the rules. First, it started selling books online. Then it launched an online shopping revolution. When Amazon Prime came along,...
Columns March 11, 2017

5 tech myths you should stop believing

Like the old wives’ tale advising you not to go outside with wet hair or else you’ll catch a cold, everyday gadgets come with...
Columns February 25, 2017

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home in a virtual standoff

For decades, we've seen science fiction movies in which people talk to computers. Dave spoke to HAL, Michael Knight was assisted by KITT, and...
Columns December 24, 2016

5 secrets to find deals on Amazon.com

Shopping on Amazon the right way is more than clicking items and loading up your cart. Once you learn a few tricks, you’ll find...
Columns December 3, 2016

3 things not to buy this Christmas

To help you avoid an un-merry moment, here are three gifts Santa should avoid this holiday season.
Columns November 19, 2016

3 new Craigslist scams spreading now

If you use Craigslist to buy or sell locally, you know that you have to be careful. Three new scams are hitting Craigslist. Here’s...
Columns May 21, 2016

Slay vampire electronics to save big money

You’ve probably never thought about the electricity that's “always-on,” but idle electronics consume all day and night. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council,...
Columns May 9, 2016

5 Amazon Prime perks you really don't want to miss

Amazon is one the largest retailers in the world with a market value of more than $250 billion. People love it! Whether it's the...
Columns April 9, 2016

One free step to make an aging computer run like new

You know the frustration of a computer that keeps getting slower and slower every year. There are ways you can keep the speed up...
Columns March 26, 2016

5 smart home gadgets to create your home of the future

What if your house could take care of you? That's the dream of the "smart home," and while there's no true sci-fi intelligent homes...
Columns February 20, 2016

3 things to know before buying your next lightbulb

Two years ago, under pressure from the U.S. government, lightbulb makers stopped manufacturing the humble incandescent lightbulb. You can still find some on the...
Columns December 12, 2015

4 things NOT to buy on Black Friday

Black Friday has become synonymous in our minds with great deals. Often, the deals are impressive as businesses compete for shoppers' attention and dollars....
Columns November 7, 2015

3 Craigslist secret searches that score amazing deals

If you're on the prowl for inexpensive furniture, clothes, books, a car or just about anything else, the online classified site Craigslist is a...
Columns September 19, 2015

3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

When you want to buy or sell something used online, your first thought might be to use Craigslist. After all, it's the site that...
Columns February 21, 2015

5 apps to get the best prices this holiday season

Retailers have the holiday season down to a science complete with lighting that makes you look your best (or worst), specific sale days, particular...
Columns November 22, 2014