Ratings & Advice
The latest ratings and advice for San Francisco Bay Area financial services.
- 30 Tricks Sellers Use to Manipulate You
- 65 Things You (Probably) Shouldn't Pay For
- About Checkbook: Why We're Unique
- Budgeting Websites
- Buy Now, Pay Later Often a Debt Trap
- Car Buying Strategies
- Cashback Shopping Portals
- Complaining: How to Get Results
- Consumers’ Notebook
- Credit Cards Provide Strong Protections for Consumers
- Credit Cards: Picking the Best One for You
- Credit Score Boost Offered by Experian Likely Not Useful
- Dealing with Unexpected Medical Bills
- Dealing with Your Digital Clutter
- Estate Planning Tasks & Tips
- Extended Product Warranties: Should You Buy Them?
- Financial Documents: Create a Paper Trail for Your Heirs
- Free Perks You Didn't Know You Have
- Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees & Annuitants
- Home Warranties
- Homeowners Insurance
- Identity and Cyber Theft: How to Protect Yourself
- Identity Theft: Are You Protecting Your Kids?
- Identity Theft: Are Your Investment and Retirement Accounts Protected?
- Life Insurance
- Online Privacy: How to Guard Yours
- Parking: Finding the Best Rates
- Passwords: How to Choose Safe Ones
- Payment Apps: Avoiding Trouble and Scams
- Pet Insurance
- Phishing Scams: Is Your Financial Institution Helping Cyberthieves?
- Price Matching: What's the Deal?
- Prices: Where Have All the Bargains Gone?
- Sale Prices Are Rarely Real Deals
- Savings Apps
- Stop Unwanted Calls, Mail, and More
- Timeshare Exit Companies Deserve a Time Out
- Travel Insurance
- Vehicle Service Contracts
- Water & Sewer Line Warranties
- Wills and Living Wills: Help with Preparing Yours
Crash Course on Auto Insurance
Most drivers will save $500 to $1,500 per year by switching companies
New Shingles, No Shakedown
Our ratings tell you which roofing contractors have you covered
Manipulative Marketing Is Now the Norm
30 tricks sellers use to make you pay up and pay too much
Shop Like a Pro
Our top tops for scoring the best prices and avoiding common problems
- Top Dental Specialists
Home Maintenance Checklist
Our guide for what to do and when to do it
Ratings of area drycleaners
How to get on great footing at a fair price
Carpet Stores and Installers
Rolling out our ratings
- Buying Area Rugs
DO Fence Me In
Best barrier builders
Tailors and Sewing Pros
Who makes the cut?
How to Buy a New Car
Strategies to get the best price and avoid dealers’ traps