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Jamie Lettis
Public Relations Director
(202) 454-3006
jlettis@checkbook.org

About Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services

Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services is an independent nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974. It has for more than 40 years been an innovator in providing information to help consumers make smarter choices. Checkbook surveys consumers and evaluates the quality and prices of local services and products and reports its findings online, via mobile apps, and in print regionally in Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle metro areas—and, for some services, nationally. Checkbook also provides comprehensive advice to help people save time, money, and hassle.

Unlike other ratings organizations, Checkbook carries no advertising on its websites nor in its publications and accepts no referral fees from the companies and professionals it evaluates so there can be no question of bias. Checkbook is supported entirely by subscription payments and donations from individual consumers who subscribe to its publications and website, and by fees for its survey and information services.

Checkbook has invented many consumer information products and systems and has won various awards including the National Press Club's First Place Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism, the Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award, the National Quality Forum's Consumers and Patients Quality Award, and the Robert Wood Johnson's Plan Choice Challenge (visit HealthPlanRatings.org to read more about Checkbook's work developing health insurance plan comparison tools for state exchange websites). The organization is also active in other parts of the health care field, with national guides including Surgeon Ratings, Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, Guide to Top Doctors, and Consumers' Guide to Hospitals.

Checkbook provides help to consumers who want to buy or lease a new car. CarBargains and LeaseWise help consumers get great deals by getting car dealerships to bid competitively for their business.

Checkbook's experts are available for interviews. Please contact Jamie Lettis, public relations director, to schedule. She can be reached at 202.454.3006 or jlettis@checkbook.org.

Nonprofit, independent ratings of local service providers on quality & price since 1974. We accept no advertising.

Checkbook in the News

5 Fascinating Things We Learned From Consumers’ Checkbook’s Huge Grocery Store Study
December 07, 2018 | Philadelphia Magazine

Groceries price comparison finds that Whole Foods, Acme are the most expensive in Philly area
December 05, 2018 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook shows us which kennels to take our pets to
December 05, 2018 | WGN-TV

These Are The Cheapest, Most Expensive Supermarkets In Pennsylvania
December 05, 2018 | CBS3 Philadelphia

People who buy their own health insurance have Dec. 15 deadline to avoid a nasty surprise
December 05, 2018 | Lancaster Online

Analysis Compares Prices At PA Supermarkets: Here's The Cheapest
December 05, 2018 | Patch.com

Some Medical Alert Devices May Actually Delay Response
December 04, 2018 | NBC Washington

TC Consumer's Checkbook investigates alert devices
December 04, 2018 | KARE-TV

5-point game plan for finding a gym
December 03, 2018 | KARE-TV

Where Consumers' Checkbook found the best local tire prices
December 01, 2018 | Minneapolis Star Tribune

How Can You Protect Your Investments And Retirement Savings From Identity Theft?
November 19, 2018 | CBS Boston

Top tips for holiday shopping savings
November 17, 2018 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

Knowing the Small Print of Pet Insurance
November 16, 2018 | WNBC-TV

How can you save money booking hotel rooms?
November 15, 2018 | WWBT-TV

Market Basket, Wegmans, Whole Foods Top Boston Area Grocery Store Ratings
November 13, 2018 | CBS Boston

Why top-quality auto repairs don’t have to cost more
November 12, 2018 | WTOP-FM

Which Retail Deals Are Real?
November 05, 2018 | Forbes

Getting help with finding a housecleaning service
November 02, 2018 | Minneapolis Star Tribune

Finding a dry cleaner you can trust
November 02, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle

ACA enrollment begins Thursday. Here's what you need to know
October 31, 2018 | Allentown Morning Call