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Protecting Your Privacy with the Internet of Things

What do thermostats, activity trackers, light bulbs, light switches, refrigerators, coffee makers, baby monitors, televisions, door locks, security camera and many other devices have in common? They have a version that can connect to the...

Payroll (Debit) Cards: Getting Your Paycheck Deposited on a (Debit) Card

Have you ever heard of payroll cards? Payroll cards are a lot like debit cards—you can use them to pay for items in shops or online, or to withdraw money from your account.

Renting a Car on Vacation: Understanding What Insurance You Need

July 2016 Renting a vehicle is common among vacationers, especially those enjoying a "destination vacation." When renting a vehicle, it’s important to understand your insurance options so you can determine which option provides the best coverage...

What Should You Look For in a Privacy Policy?

When was the last time you looked at a website's privacy policy? Typically, most people don't look at privacy policies unless forced. Some sites, when they've updated their privacy policy, don't allow users to view...

The Selfie Saga: Selfie ID

With people taking selfies, people posting selfies, and selfie sticks, selfies are undoubtedly everywhere you look. Selfies are so present in our lives that in 2014 the word "selfie" was integrated in the Oxford (Online)...

Avoid 8 Summer Scams Targeting Your Wallet

June 2016 Warmer days bring thoughts of relaxing summer activities, vacation, and plans for completing home maintenance and repairs. Unfortunately, this is also a prime time for scammers as they target your summer activities to steal...

Heard About the LinkedIn Breach? Here's What You Need to Do

A data breach at LinkedIn has recently been in the news. What makes this news different is that the breach originally occurred in 2012. It's back in the news because the information stolen was recently...

Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget Your Digital Home

For many people, the arrival of spring means a thorough cleaning of their home. Spring cleaning is also a good way to get your digital home in order too. With all of the personal information...

Budget Trouble: Broke Right After Payday?

You know that feeling you get when you get paid? You feel happy and rich and the sky is the limit! It's a great feeling, but it doesn't last long, does it?

Saving for Retirement? Comparing Traditional and Roth IRAs

May 2016 Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are popular tax-advantaged vehicles for saving for retirement. Understanding the different types of IRAs and the differences between them is important when you begin saving for retirement. Although there are...

Donating to Earthquake or Flood Victims? Beware of Scams

In the past few weeks, earthquakes have hit Japan and Ecuador and heavy rains have caused flooding in  Texas. After disasters like these, many people want to help. Unfortunately, fake charities and other scams will...

Be Aware of These Scams Targeting Women

I encountered my first online scam as an undergrad. I was looking for a roommate and received an inquiry via a popular online forum that seemed legitimate. A few conversations later the prospective renter...

Coming Soon to an ATM Near You? No Card Required

ATM skimming continues to be problem for financial institutions. Skimming is the stealing of account data from ATM, debit, and credit cards usually by inserting a device in the card slot on ATMs, self-service gas...

Buying a Car with Bad Credit

April 2016 Is your credit score keeping you from getting a new vehicle? Having bad credit brings concerns of whether or not you can afford a reliable vehicle, get a loan at a reasonable rate, and...

Renting a Car Soon? Read This First

Has this ever happened to you? You reserved a car at a great rate but discovered that the rate didn't include the mandatory charges and fees when you picked the car up. These tips will...

It's Time to Check Your Social Security Statement Online

March 2016 According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), checking your Social Security statement annually is something all working adults should do. An annual review allows you to check the accuracy of your earnings recorded for...

Consumer Guides

Mortgage Guide

Mortgage Guide

A home is the biggest investment most people make. The StraightTalk Mortgage  Guide will help you understand the process of financing your  home. Whether or not you consider a mortgage with us, read this guide!

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RV Guide

RV Guide

A home on wheels! Who needs hotels? Who needs restaurants?  The StraightTalk RV Guide helps you find the right RV at the right price.

 

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Home Buying Guide

Home Buying Guide

Home ownership is a huge financial step.  The StraightTalk Home Buying Guide can help you plan for the total process whether you are a first time home buyer or a veteran.

 

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Boat Guide

Boat Guide

If you’ve ever gunned the engine of any watercraft, whether it’s a ten-foot dingy or a thirty-foot cruiser, you know how exhilarating boating can be.  This guide will show you how to purchase one!

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Privacy Rights

Privacy Rights

Every worry about identity theft?  Worry about the dangers of the web? Mind if I read your private emails or browse  through your medical records? This section takes you into the scary  world of privacy and identity theft.

 

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Fifty Plus Guide

Fifty Plus Guide

This guide is filled with resources for adults as they pass fifty and look forward to enjoying their "empty nest" and retirement years.

 

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Remar's Report

Remar's Report

Remar Sutton has been a leading consumer advocate in America for over twenty-five years, and is your independent consumer spokesperson.

 

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Gen Y with Will

Gen Y with Will

Will deHoo has been a leading consumer advocate for young people in America since 2003 and is the person responsible for the excellent “FoolProof” financial education program.

 

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Drew's News

Drew's News

Twice a month, Drew Guthrie will bring breaking news directly to you on this StraightTalk website.

 

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