When you’re in distress, response time is crucial, and the Washington branch of Consumers’ Checkbook, in conjunction with Arlington County’s Emergency Communications Center, found that many panic-button devices don’t lead to quick responses.
As the holiday season approaches, don’t let gift giving break the bank. Here are some tips for finding the best deals and discounts when shopping online.
Secret shoppers from Washington Consumers’ Checkbook placed calls to 60 area kennels to get quotes for boarding a medium sized dog for a week. The prices ranged from $175 to over $700,
A local consumers’ group evaluated more than 520 D.C.-area auto repair shops for quality and price. See how dealerships compare with independent auto-repair shops — and find out which are closest to you.
A 20-percent drop in produce prices in two years is a big stand out in the latest evaluation of D.C.-area grocery store chains done by a local consumers’ group.
A local consumer group that has evaluated area hardware stores finds that paying more might mean you’ll get better advice.
Washington Consumers’ Checkbook shares some tips for how to pick a housecleaning service and the right questions to ask, too.
Doing a little research could save you big bucks when choosing a veterinarian, according to a local consumer group.
Whether you’re downsizing or dealing with the death of a loved one, hiring an estate sale company can make life easier. But a consumer group warns that you shouldn’t do it expecting to get rich.
“It really doesn’t matter so much what’s in the can; it matters who is doing the painting,” said Kevin Brasler, executive editor at Checkbook.org.
“You can hire a roofer that does great work and also charges low prices,” said one Checkbook.org editor — and for a limited time, you can review ratings and price comparisons.
WASHINGTON — A $420 bill for routine teeth cleaning is just a drop in the bucket: Adding up all the costs of keeping pets healthy might lead some people to consider pet insurance. But a leading consumer group…
To save money, one consumer expert recommends skipping a yearly maintenance contract for a home heating system, unless the house is especially large, dusty or the heater has old equipment.
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.