Q. I want to get rid of a whole lot of stuff and wondered if I should bother trying to sell any of it online?

A. Great question!

Before you throw out anything, go over to eBay and find out how much they’re trying for and whether people are selling items. At the left column of any search result, scroll down and under “Just show” pick “Sold Listings” for closing rates. That should provide you an idea of if it’ll be worth your time.

From tracking you, stop carriers

Q. I heard in your great national radio show something about Verizon “supercookies.” Can you explain more? Thank you!


It is not, although the expression supercookies might sound like it is a dessert. It’s really what carriers use to track your browsing activity all. Verizon has been monitoring its customers’ browsing such a manner. While it had an alternative, the supercookie proved to be a permanent part of every user’s traffic, meaning third parties could track your travels. That coming to an end.

Speak to Children

Q. I am concerned about how my teen is using his smartphone. What can I do?

A. I know your pain. I have a teenager in the house. Taming your adolescent’s smartphone usage is a hefty undertaking! But, you have to sit down and have an honest conversation about what is and isn’t acceptable. With my teen, we frequently talk about news stories about teens that have gotten in trouble texting while sexting driving and behaviour that is harmful. Get detailed strategies about what to speak with good principles and your teen about to set up and enforce.

Make Cash with your Telephone or Tablet Computer

Q. I need cash. Are there jobs I can do in my spare time?

A. Yes!

Two solutions for side jobs are Field Agent and TaskRabbit. Install their apps and you’re able to accept jobs taking photos of shop displays, helping other simple tasks and a person build furniture in your area. Get four ways that you can use your phone or tablet computer to make cash.

Spot a Craigslist scam

Q. I am looking around for a car on Craigslist and discovered that a good deal, but it is in a different state. How can I know it isn’t a scam?

A. Scammers are over Craigslist, so be cautious and keep on your toes. 1 major flag is how the seller wants you to cover. Are you currently asking a wire transfer? If this is so, it’s a scam. Furthermore, should they wish to bring in a third party that “guarantees” a safe transaction, it is likely a scam. Tell them you’re going to push to pick up the vehicle and pay with money, and see what they say. A scammer will not want to meet in person. Get tips for avoiding Craigslist scams.

Bonus: Would you out-scam scammers?

Q. Sometimes when I receive a scam email I want to play along and see what happens. Is this a bad idea?

A. It’s tempting sometimes to play together just to beat scammers at their very own game. Be careful. Do not do it in your email or together with your name.     Some people have gotten visitors to send back funny messagespictures or custom wood carvings. Read three stories about individuals who turned the tables in ways that are hilarious on their scammers.