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Twenty Time and Money Saving Tips for Back to School Shopping

1. Take an inventory of the supplies your child already has. You’ll be amazed at the forgotten notebooks, pens, markers and rulers you can find in a drawer or last year’s backpack. Don’t forget...

 

Retired Women Are More Prone to Financial Crisis

Lower wages and higher medical costs are putting retiring women at greater risk for financial ruin than men, according to a recent survey. Seventy percent of nursing home residents are women, and the...

 

Where is My Money - Millennials?

Millennials could be risking their financial future as they craft ways to tackle their student loans, car payments and credit card debt. New research indicates that many are overusing credit cards,...

 

Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for North Country Regional Business Plan Competition at Clarkson University on April 7

Entrepreneurial college students, high school students, and transitioning veterans are invited to apply to present at the annual North Country Regional Business Plan Competition at Clarkson...

 

IRS Warns Again On Payroll Scam As Tax Season Begins

Be on the lookout for an email scam focusing on payroll records. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been made aware that another email scam is making its way to taxpayers as tax season begins. In...

 

New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) reminds Consumers to be alert while making online purchases during holiday season

Cyber Monday was the official kick-off to the online holiday shopping season and one of biggest online shopping days of the year. Although Cyber Monday is ideal for nabbing on-line bargains, it is...

 

BBB Warning: Utility Scam Back in Upstate New York

Buffalo, NY (October 13, 2016) — Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is warning people that a utility scam is popping up in parts of our area. National Grid says scammers are targeting its cu...

 

Provinces Vary With Cell Phone Plan Prices

When CBC News reported on the black market cellphone industry, it sparked outrage from some readers about price discrepancies across Canada. Because various cellular plan prices are much cheaper in...

 

Shopping for Toys: A Game Plan to Keep Your Child Safe

Before You Buy: The Right Toy for the Right Age All toys sold as new in the United States should contain a manufacturer’s recommended age range for the item, determined by national standards that ta...

 

Scammers are Asking for iTunes Gift Cards as a Form of Payment; Two Lose $9,000 in Scams

Buffalo, NY (August 30, 2016)—Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Upstate New York is warning the public about scammers asking for iTunes gift cards as a method of payment. The trend began to appear in...

 

How to Create a Cash Stash for Unexpected Expenses

April is Financial Literacy Month, a time dedicated to teaching how to establish and maintain good financial habits. The month provides a good opportunity to assess whether you have a solid plan in pl...

 

BBB Top ten scams of 2015: Tax scam is number one

Buffalo, NY – December 29, 2015 – When Better Business Bureau launched Scam Tracker earlier this year, tax scams were projected to be high on the...

 

Four Common Phone Scams

You need to be aware of when answering the phone from unknown numbers. Being diligent on the phone is one way of protecting yourself and your family from potential scams. Always ask questions and if...

 

BBB Offers 10 Online Tips to Become a Savvy Holiday Shopper

1. Protect your computer and smart device. Install a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Check for and install the latest updates for your smart phone and tablets and run virus scans...

 

Shopping on Thanksgiving Day

In our society, our entire being is centered on being grateful and thankful for all we have. To start, we have the Thanksgiving Address; the Ohenton Kariwahtekwen, which is said when we gather and...

 

Shopping With A Conscience

Looking for a good deal on school clothes? There is always the Big Box Stores; Wal-Mart, Target, JCP, Sears and more. Then there are the “it” stores; J Crew, Aeropostale, Abercrombie and Fitch....

 

BBB says college kids are often targets for financial ploys and scams; parents need to help their students protect their money, credit and identity

Buffalo, NY (August 31, 2015) – The financial decisions college students make now can affect their credit for years to come. Their age and life stage make them susceptible to identity theft and...

 

'Tech Neck' and Your Child

Tech Neck is taking a toll on child posture and the question is: is too much technology taking your body back to the Stone Age? Experts claim "tech...

 

BBB reminder: Be Smart When Shopping for Back to School Items

It seems back to school season is starting earlier this year. Retailers in Upstate New York are already displaying pens, pencils, electronics and back...

 

Cuomo Warns Against Scam Tickets to See Pope Francis During Visit to New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo warned New Yorkers of scams surrounding Pope Francis’ scheduled September visit, urging those interested to only get tickets from verified sources. The Archdiocese of New...

 

Nine Great Economical Reasons To Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been around for centuries and it has long been used as a homeopathic remedy to treat a number of aliments. However, modern medicine is just now beginning to understand and fully realiz...

 

Tips to Shop Organic on a Budget

Chances are you’ve already heard about the benefits of including organic foods in your diet. However, you may have also heard that such choices are typically higher in cost. The United States and...

 

Ways to Tech Green

These days, there’s no reason why you can’t be both tech-savvy and an environmentalist. More gadgets and technical appliances are trending green and this Earth Day is the perfect time to learn how...

 

CONSUMER ALERT WARNING ABOUT COMMON TAX SEASON SCAMS

Scammers are impersonating tax authorities and threatening consumers over bogus debts, here is information you need to avoid these scams and report them. With this year’s tax deadline looming and...

 

Thaw leads to dramatic increase in contractor inquires to BBB; avoid common issues with our do's and don'ts

Buffalo, NY - The numbers don’t lie – Upstate New York went through the coldest and one of the snowiest winters in memory. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is taking calls and web...

 

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