Take 5 — A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: avoiding vacation scams, keeping your hair, grammar mistakes you're probably making, how work leads to debt and how to get through airport security without an I.D.

Take 5 — A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. “How to Enjoy Your Vacation Without Getting Scammed”

[Credit.com] “Spring has begun, which means open season on travelers who aren’t well-versed in the various scams waiting for them on the seamier side of paradise. While the scams abound, being forewarned is forearmed.”

Whenever we go out of town, my wife used to upload Facebook pics that showed people we weren’t home. This article confirms doing that is a bad idea, since the bad guys can use that information and break into your vacant house while you’re away. It also covers other travel-related ways you can be ripped off, including ticket scams, front-desk scams, hotel pizza scams, vacation rental scams and more.

After reading this one, you may never leave home again.

2. “Thinning Hair Doesn’t Have to Mean Thinning Hope”

[The Dollar Stretcher] “It’s the stuff some nightmares are made of. For some, it’s being trapped in a snake den. For others, it’s standing in public in nothing but your underwear. But one fear a lot of older adults share is the fear of losing hair. In a society that relishes its long locks, anyone touting a ‘magical cure’ can name his price.”

I’m one of those older adults that’s slowly losing hair, and I’ve done stories about dealing with it. This article discusses inexpensive ways to slow hair loss, including the right diet, scalp massage and avoiding certain medications. If you’re looking for some ideas to keep your locks as long as possible, give it a read.

3. “21 Common Grammar Mistakes and How to Avoid Them”

[AOL] “Grammar rules can seem like a nuisance. Honestly, do you really need to check every single document for appropriate hyphenation? According to CUNY Journalism Press editor and writing coach Timothy Harper, the answer is a resounding ‘YES.’ ”

I make my living with words, so I love articles like this. Do you know the difference between “fewer” and “less”? How about “lay” and “lie”? This article is chock full of common mistakes and solutions, some of which you’ll know; some you won’t. You might even find yourself continuously referring to it. Or is that “continually”?

4. “How Working Too Hard Can Drive You Into Debt”

[Debt.com] “I’m guessing that if I conducted a scientific survey, I’d find tired and stressed-out employees are blowing cash on pricey stress-relief activities that add up to more than a vacation each year. For instance, are they drinking more after work? Drinking expensive coffee during work? Going out to eat because they’re too tired to cook at home? Indulging in ‘shopping therapy’ to get their minds off work?”

Another kind of article I like: articles that offer me excuses for working less without guilt. Are you working more and enjoying it less? Check out this post for an excuse to play hooky. At least, if you’re not too tired.

5. “What to Do If You Don’t Have Your ID at the Airport”

[Wise Bread] “You’re at the airport heading towards the check-in line for your boarding pass — or towards the security line if you printed your pass at home. You reach into your pocket for your ID when you realize you don’t have it. What do you do?”

You may have nightmares about standing naked in a room full of people, but this is my nightmare: showing up at the head of the TSA lane with no ID. In fact, I actually paid for an extra copy of my driver’s license just for this purpose, and I don’t leave home without it.

But as it turns out, according to this author, all is not lost for if your ID is lost. Sometimes alternate forms of identification (credit cards, etc.) can get you through, and sometimes you may get through with no ID at all by answering questions from a TSA employee. However, there are no guarantees, and, even if you do make it through, it will take a lot of time. Still, I never knew you would have even a small chance. I feel less travel anxiety already.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More


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