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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Don’t Get Hijacked by a Tax Scam Posted on Feb 28

Don’t Get Hijacked by a Tax Scam

“Brand new tax relief program!  If you owe more than $10,000, call us!  We know industry secrets and have a 97% success rate—you’ll only have to pay the IRS 8-10% of what you owe.” This time of year, we are flooded with ads assuring us   …Continue Reading Don’t Get Hijacked by a Tax Scam

Common Disqualifying Criteria for the Guaranty Fund: Part II Posted on Feb 25

Common Disqualifying Criteria for the Guaranty Fund: Part II

In Part I of this series, I gave homeowners three tips for avoiding circumstances that will disqualify them from the Guaranty Fund.  In today’s post, I give three more tips. To be eligible for the Guaranty Fund, you must submit your written Guaranty Fund Application   …Continue Reading Common Disqualifying Criteria for the Guaranty Fund: Part II

Common Disqualifying Criteria for the Guaranty Fund: Part I Posted on Feb 21

Common Disqualifying Criteria for the Guaranty Fund: Part I

One of the most important programs administered by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is the Home Improvement Contractor Guaranty Fund.  If a homeowner incurs actual losses during a transaction with a registered home improvement contractor and successfully sues their contractor, but the   …Continue Reading Common Disqualifying Criteria for the Guaranty Fund: Part I

Don’t Get Scammed Out of Love Posted on Feb 14

Don’t Get Scammed Out of Love

As more and more of our daily social interactions move to the Internet, it’s not surprising to see dating follow this trend. Online dating services offer the chance of meeting somebody through the convenience of the Internet under the veil of privacy, but it also   …Continue Reading Don’t Get Scammed Out of Love

Better Budgeting in 2013 Posted on Feb 11

Better Budgeting in 2013

Learning how to properly manage your personal finances is an essential skill that will reduce your stress and improve your quality of life. Good budgeting doesn’t have to be painful if you follow these tips and suggestions. Identify spending habits.  Look at past months and   …Continue Reading Better Budgeting in 2013