I’ve found that being a savvy consumer takes a little extra effort in the short run, but there are big payoffs in the long run. The larger the purchase, the more time and effort I put into the research and vetting process.
When it comes to product ratings, Consumer Reports is the gold standard of consumer protection. (For the record, I served on its national Board of Directors for more than 20 years.) Its website, consumerreports.org, has detailed and objective ratings on everything from washing machines and refrigerators to new cars and auto insurance. A second website called The Sweet Home has a different twist on product ratings and a different business model. Continue reading “Savvy Tips on Researching Products and Services” »