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Money-Saving Vacation Tip

Planning on hitting the road this summer? You may be able to save money on your transportation if you’re willing to a little searching.

There are companies that need to move vehicles (even RVs) from one location to another. Now, these are one-way trips, so you may have to find other ways to get yourself back home, but it’s worth investigating.

Some sites you may want to visit:
transfercarus.com
thriftynomads.com
imoova.com

Important legal stuff: BoomtownAmerica.com is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any of these websites. We advise you check things out for yourself and as always, make sure you read the fine print or consult with an expert before you enter into any agreement.

Medical ID Theft

We’ve all heard about identity theft in regards to bank accounts and credit cards, but there is another kind of identity theft that can be even costlier to you!

It’s medical identity theft. That’s when someone steals you name and insurance information, then uses it to get treatments and drugs for themselves, sticking you with the bill. With most credit card fraud, the bank or the card company winds eating most of phony charges. With medical ID theft, you could be on the hook for the charges.

To protect yourself:

  • Read those letters that say “THIS IS NOT A BILL” – Make sure you go over the medical services and drugs in those letters. If you notice a treatment or a doctor you don’t know (as well as medication you are not taking). Contact your insurance company immediately.

  • Guard your health insurance cards and numbers – And remember that goes for dental and vision plans as well as your medical insurance. That also goes for your Medicare card (even though it no longer contains your SSN).

  • When you visit a doctor, make sure you get a copy what transpired during that visit – Including treatments performed and medication prescribed.

  • Be Careful of “Free Screenings” – While most are legit, avoid any “free screening” that requires you disclose insurance information.

There's Gold in That Old Cell Phone!

We all know how fast tech devices seem to age. But don’t just chuck them out. There is a market for older cell phones, tablet, laptops and the like.

Online sites like uSell and Gazelle will buy your items, saving you the trouble of finding a buyer. Best Buy, Apply and Target will exchange your old devices for gift cards. Other sites like Swappa and Glyde will let you list old items for sale for a percentage of the sale price.

While newer and better conditioned items will fetch higher prices, there are buyers out there for older and somewhat damaged goods as well.

But remember! Make sure you wipe the device of any personal information before you sell it!

Early Retirement: A Health Risk?

A 18-year study from Oregon State University suggests that working a bit longer many actually help you live longer.

The study found that those who worked at least one year past the age of 65 had a 9 percent lower death risk.

Obviously, health is a factor in some retirement decisions, but in you’re healthy enough, you may want to think about working a bit longer to live longer!

Stay Safe at Home

Most homes now have Wi-Fi routers so multiple devices can access the internet. Be careful, hackers can use these devices to access your computer simply by being in your neighborhood.

To keep your personal information safe, make sure your wireless router’s encryption and password protection are turned on.

If you are unsure how to check that, contact the tech support team at your internet service provider.

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