Thrifty Spending Issue 104

FEATURE ARTICLE:  Scammers now accepting Green Dot MoneyPaks

Dinah Keck didn’t realize the caller was a crook. The caller told the 70-year old, who lives near Ann Arbor, Mich., that she had won $3.5 million dollars in a lottery.

All she had to do was pay $3,500 to cover administrative fees and taxes and the check would be on its way. Those payments would be made via Green Dot MoneyPaks – $1,300 upfront and then $200 a month.

Keck went to the store, bought the MoneyPaks and gave the “award company” the PIN codes to access $1,500.



MONEY SAVING TIP:  Mail order subscriptions


Going to the drugstore for prescription pills? Heading out to shop for dog food? Ugh. Do yourself a favor and handle some of your common purchases with a mail order subscription. Not only can you substitute a trip to the pharmacy with a nap, you can also save money.



DID YOU KNOW…you can actually get a free college education at a handful of schools?

For example, Berea College in Berea, Ky., covers the full $20,900 tuition for all students, out of a combination of grants, scholarships and work-study.