Consumer Action compares goods and services before you buy them

PHOENIX - You know I am always looking for ways to save you money.

I'm also committed to helping you avoid bad business decisions before you make them, so you don't have to deal with the mess afterward.

I found a really helpful guide offered by the non-profit Consumer Action.

It's full of websites where you where you can go before you buy products or sign up for services and run comparisons.

They list thirty-four websites and break them down into all kinds of categories like investing, credit cards, gasoline, and wireless service.

The guide tells you what parts they like, what they don't and which they think is the best value.

For example, the website helps you find free and low fee checking accounts at no cost. helps you compare credit cards based on your habits.

For Wireless options, they choose the Wall Street Journal's wireless savings calculator. This is also free and it's available to non-Journal subscribers.

If you print it out, the list is twenty-nine pages and it is full of good information.

That's only the beginning.

Once you know have a wireless plan or car or whatever you're looking to buy, make sure to check out complaints online. Websites like and Better Business Bureau can help with that.

If you need help or need to warn others about a consumer problem or scam, let me know at or "like" my "Let Joe Know" Facebook page and tell me about it there.

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