I love to shop, but I'm not that fond of buying. What I want to find is a good deal. No, a great deal. I want to find the kind of deal that will make me feel like climbing onto the roof of the nearest building and shouting to everyone in earshot, "Have I got news for you!"

     I enjoy helping others find good deals even more than I enjoy taking advantage of them myself, which is why I loved being a consumer columnist for The Jerusalem Post. It gave me the opportunity to help people save money and to help good businesses -- businesses that offer quality goods and services at the right prices -- succeed. It also helped me warn people about scams and dangerous products, and I admit I also enjoyed illustrating my column.

     Even though I'm no longer a consumer columnist, I still like helping people make smart consumer decisions. For advice on how to save at the supermarket, and online shopping comparison and consumer safety sites, check out my pages on these topics.

     Recently, I realized my fellow writers could also use some guidance when it comes to scams directed against them. I contacted the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), and my article, "Granny, What Big Teeth You Have: Wolf Spotting for Writers," appeared in the January-February 2004 issue of the SCBWI Bulletin

     The road to becoming a published author can be costly, which is why I've also put together a list of ten cheap or free things you can do to improve your writing. In addition, I'm working on an article about computer shopping for writers, and I hope to have it up in the near future.