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The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Ripoffs That Cost You Time and Money
     

The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Ripoffs That Cost You Time and Money

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by Elisabeth Leamy
 
Every month Elisabeth Leamy gets hundreds of consumer calls on her tip line at the Washington DC affiliate of Fox News. Consumers call in after losing hundreds or thousands of dollars to car dealers, mechanics, contractors, movers--you name it! As an investigative reporter Elisabeth has delved into all the scams and now puts what she has learned into this invaluable

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Every month Elisabeth Leamy gets hundreds of consumer calls on her tip line at the Washington DC affiliate of Fox News. Consumers call in after losing hundreds or thousands of dollars to car dealers, mechanics, contractors, movers--you name it! As an investigative reporter Elisabeth has delved into all the scams and now puts what she has learned into this invaluable resource. The Savvy Consumer shows readers how to spar with car salesmen, how to avoid paying crooked mechanics, and ways to bargain down closing costs when you buy a house. Elisabeth explains how to keep a mover from holding your belongings hostage and what your rights are if you’re a renter. She reveals the single step that makes collection agents go away and easy ways you can instantly improve your credit score. Want to find unclaimed money? Bid for bargains at a government auction? Want to make telemarketers stop calling and junk mail stop coming? What are the most common scams and how can you avoid them? It’s all in The Savvy Consumer, along with more than a hundred other topics. Elisabeth educates readers by sharing anecdotes about real consumers and their struggles. She explains the signs to look out for, the questions to ask, how to do your homework, and where to complain. There are hundreds of books about making money. This book is about keeping your hard-earned cash.

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Business Summaries
You're considering shelling out a large amount of cash. New appliance? New insurance policy? Maybe a cruise to the Bahamas? You want to be sure you're getting your money's worth. So many business books talk about making money, but how many deal with the other side of the coin, money? Finally, here is a guide to help you with as wide a variety of purchases as you could possibly make in your lifetime. From cars to building renovations, education and insurance, The Savvy Consumer teaches you to watch out for traps, to filter sales talk, and so much more….Elisabeth's mission is to investigate wrongs and educate viewers about their rights. With each report, she makes it a point to provide ‘news you can use.’ She never wants to bore members of her audience with information they already know. Instead, Elisabeth digs for unique, useful advice that will save viewers time and money. Now those same great insights are all in one place in her book, The Savvy Consumer.
Christian Science Monitor Jeremiah Hall
’The [charity's] need will still exist after you've done your homework,’ says consumer writer Elisabeth Leamy in her book, ‘The Savvy Consumer.’…So while regulators and nonprofits sort through the issue, donors need to be cautious with aggressive phone appeals, says Ms. Leamy, the consumer writer. If the telemarketer can't answer basic questions about the organization, including what share of the donation will fund the charity's programs, be wary.
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press Tom Raithel
Elisabeth Leamy, author of the book ‘The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Rip-Offs That Cost You Time and Money,’ says the most common mistake she sees donors make is giving to a charity that makes a cold call on the phone without any prior contact. It's better for donors to seek out charities rather than the other way around, she said. ‘It's better to be the hunter than the hunted.'
BottomLine Personal
Elisabeth Leamy and a quiz from "The Savvy Consumer" are featured in "BottomLine Personal."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931868570
Publisher:
Capital Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Capital Ideas Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Leamy is an Emmy and Murrow award-winning consumer and investigative reporter for WTTG, the Fox station in Washington DC. Her reports air ten times a week and have resulted in arrests, new city laws, and Congressional inquiries. Elisabeth holds a bachelors degree from The University of California at Berkeley and a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area.

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Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Ripoffs That Cost You Time and Money 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought The Savvy Consumer because I was desperate for help in buying a used car. Not only did the book give me step-by-step help, it saved me from making a truly costly mistake! I was in the process of buying a car parked along a road I use for commuting, and I thought one of my neighbors was offering the car for sale. After reading the chapter on used cars, I found out the truth: most of the cars parked next to the roadside are in fact placed there by auto dealers. These cars do not measure up to even being on the dealer's used car lot, and are placed alongside the road for gullible buyers like (almost) me!