Time Well Spent: Picking the Right Health Plan for 2015

Picking a health insurance plan should be a part of everyone’s annual health care routine. Consumers Union can help make this hard decision easier. We have three tips to help you ask the right questions when choosing the health plan that’s best for you. Do you want to renew your current health plan or make […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

Bring your credit reporting questions to San Francisco’s Art of Financial Well-Being event

Have you ever wondered why you keep making smart financial decisions, yet your credit score stays the same? Or what to do if you, like one in five Americans, have an error on your credit report? I can answer those questions. This Sunday, I’ll be at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair, at San […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Californians: It’s that time of year again

Dreading shopping for health insurance? You’re not alone – research shows most people do. But picking the right health insurance plan for your or your family could be the most important decision you make this year – health care is the second biggest expense, after housing, for most families. Open enrollment this year is November […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Meet Consumers Union experts at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair

Join us this Sunday as Consumers Union anti-scam experts Maureen Mahoney and Christina Tetreault table at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair. This free event is at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center (JCCSF, located at 3200 California Street in San Francisco) from 11 to 3. Find out how to avoid “Gimmicks and Gotchas.” We’ve […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Protect yourself by dodging credit repair gotchas

If you’re thinking about hiring a credit repair company to get your credit in shape, remember, these organizations aren’t always legitimate. Last summer alone, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on at least two credit repair companies for bilking consumers out of thousands of dollars. In June, the  credit repair company RMCN Credit […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

Worried about elder financial exploitation? Strong planning can help!

Elder financial abuse — when anyone takes or otherwise misuses the property of a senior citizen — is a surprisingly common problem. While financial abuse is often committed by people close to the victims, it is also committed by strangers as well, like scammers and rip-off artists. Seniors are frequently seen as desirable targets because of […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

Second “climate credit” on consumer energy bills coming soon

California’s climate change and clean energy law is giving households some extra money in their pockets this fall reports Chris Clarke of KCET Los Angeles. The credit is a benefit of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, of which Consumers Union has been a strong proponent.  The state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade […]

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Posted by Stephen Hannah on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Learn to spot, stop, and prevent financial harm

Long considered a taboo subject, several high-profile incidents of elder financial abuse have brought this problem to the public’s attention over the last few years. Movie star Mickey Rooney raised awareness about the issue after his stepson and his stepson’s wife were sued for stealing from him. The son of philanthropist Brooke Astor made headlines […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Good News for Consumers: Fuel Economy Continues Upward March

Today, EPA released its annual fuel economy trends report and there’s lots of good news.  Fuel economy for 2013 cars and trucks hit an all-time high: 24.1 mpg, up .5 mpg from 2012 and building upon improving fuel economy for 8 of the last 9 years.   And while vehicles have gotten slightly heavier and […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

New UCS analysis: AB 32 can save drivers $3,000+ in fuel costs

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new study: Driving Progress, Fueling Savings: How California is Tackling Global Warming, Cutting Oil Use, and Saving Drivers Money that quantifies both the costs and savings associated with California’s AB 32 transportation policies and finds that, overall, California drivers will save money due to AB 32.   According to […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

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