Consumer information groups promote a marketplace free of dishonest merchants and arm wrestling to negotiate prices. Arm yourself with knowledge with this Groupon.
$17 for a Two-Year Subscription ($34 Value)
Subscriptions include quarterly issues of the Washington Consumers' Checkbook print edition and unlimited access to their website, both of which boast reviews of local merchants. The website also features forums for subscribers to share recommendations and warnings about businesses.
Washington Consumers' Checkbook
Since 1974, Washington Consumers' Checkbook's team of researchers have been scrutinizing local businesses and delivering their findings to subscribers. Auto-repair shops, banks, dentists, and insurance companies all receive rigorous quality checks and, since the organization is a nonprofit, reviews of these services aren't swayed by advertising fees or unsolicited jars of jelly beans. The staff also does especially in-depth research on a variety of specific topics and compiles the results in special collections such as their Guide to Top Doctors and Guide to Hospitals.