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A Quick and Dirty Payroll Card Primer

Many workers – maybe you – get paid by electronically. If you have a bank account, your pay probably gets direct deposited to your account. But for folks who don’t have bank accounts, a payroll card, a type of prepaid card, may be an option. Payroll cards look and work much like debit cards, but […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »


Stop wasting money, start saving water

The average family of 4 uses 400 gallons of water every day but you can seriously reduce this amount, and your monthly water bill. As California struggles through their fourth consecutive year of drought, 40 states say they too expect water shortages in the next 10 years, even if water conditions stay normal. This means water […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »


Many Reverse Mortgage Ads Misleading, says CFPB

On June 4, 2015, the CFPB released a new study concluding that many advertisements for reverse mortgages contain incomplete or inaccurate information that can pose a serious risk to seniors who take out such loans.  The study was issued in conjunction with an advisory to consumers warning them to “watch out for misleading and confusing […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, June 5th, 2015 | No Comments »


Worried about the Federal Employee Data Breach? What You Need to Do Now

Note:  While we originally wrote this blog to pertain to the data breach at the OPM, the tips contained here apply to most data breaches.  If you have questions about a particular data breach, please contact us @ money@consumer.org.  ——————————————————————————————————————– Millions of current and former U.S. government employees’ information was stolen in a massive data […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, June 5th, 2015 | No Comments »


A Long Time Coming: Health Technology in the Hands of Patients

By Dena Mendelsohn, Health Policy Analyst at Consumers Union, and Erin Mackay, National Partnership for Women & Families Did you know that you may already be able to access your digital health records from home? Harnessing the power of technology to improve health and care doesn’t have to be complicated; you don’t need the latest […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »


Is Education Debt Holding You Back?

The hard part of college was supposed to be passing tests and writing great essays – not meeting the shifting demands of companies taking your loan payments after you get out of school. For millions of former students and their families, paying the bills is already tough.  But the companies that handle loans from your […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, May 29th, 2015 | No Comments »


$559 million of cap and trade funds now going to underserved communities

Earlier this month California Governor Jerry Brown released a revised state budget, and the Greenlining Institute has issued a press release praising the new funds available to support AB32 and SB 535 projects. AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act, generates revenue from the sale of carbon permits through the cap-and-trade program, and SB 535 requires that 25% of […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 | No Comments »


CFPB Is Helping Consumers Check Their Specialty Credit Reports

Most consumers know that they can check their credit reports with the “big three” credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, once a year, for free, at annualcreditreport.com. But, there are dozens more companies that may collect and report important information about you – and it’s important to check those reports, too. (Note that these specialty agencies aren’t […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | No Comments »


“Big 3” Credit Bureaus Settle With 31 States Over Credit Reporting Mistakes

The top credit reporting agencies are going to have to pay up for their credit reporting mistakes! On Wednesday, 31 state attorneys general announced a settlement with Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion over credit reporting errors. Not only will they have to pay $6 million to the states, they will also have to take important steps to reduce errors. The […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | No Comments »


PayPal Behaving Badly?

CFPB Files Complaint Alleging Unfair, Deceptive and Abusive Practices   PayPal enrolled people in its credit program, known as Pay Pal Credit (formerly Bill Me Later), without their permission,  forced customers to use PayPal Credit even when they indicated they wanted to pay another way, failed to properly process payments, refused to honor and apply […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 | 2 Comments »


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