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SCAM ALERT: When “Working-from-Home” Doesn’t Work Out

Each year, millions of Americans are tempted by work from home advertisements. Sometimes, the luring promise of getting money with little effort – as these ads promise – is just too enticing to resist. Why do folks fall for these scams? Because the scammers are very persuasive. A recent podcast from NPR’s “Planet Money” detailed the […]

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Posted by Madeleine Anderson on Monday, February 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Cost of labeling genetically engineered food will be minimal

 They’re at it again. Opponents of labeling foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients are citing a new study—this time by the Corn Refiners Association—to suggest that mandatory GE food labeling would boost a typical family of four’s spending by an average of $1,050 per year. Count us as skeptical. This new study—like previous industry-funded studies […]

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Posted by Michael Hansen on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | 6 Comments »

New Year’s Resolution: Checking Your Credit

A new year has arrived, and experts agree: It’s time to check your credit. Making sure your credit report is error-free is a key step in making sure you get the best rates when shopping for loans. Potential landlords, employers, and auto and homeowners’ insurance companies in most states may also look at your credit […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Higher One to Repay $55 Million in Campus Banking Fees to Students

Talk about a holiday miracle!  The New York Times recently reported that two federal agencies are ordering Higher One, the largest provider of financial aid services on college campuses, to give refunds to students who used Higher One’s campus accounts and paid deceptive fees.  According to the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, Higher One didn’t inform students about some […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Monday, January 4th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Thinking of Traveling Abroad? Unpaid Taxes May Hold Up Your Passport

Tucked away in the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015” (Surface Transportation bill) is a little known provision that could have a big impact on your ability to get a passport. A new law, Section 32101 of the Surface Transportation bill, allows the IRS to work with the State Department to revoke, limit […]

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Posted by Pamela Banks on Friday, December 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

Record Fuel Economy Improvement for Trucks as Automakers Overcomply with CAFE standards

While overall fuel economy was flat from 2014 to 2015, there’s some good news in the reports EPA issued this week.   Consumers are buying bigger vehicles, which skews the average fuel economy number downward, but those bigger vehicles are more much efficient than their predecessors.  The number of SUVs that get over 25 mpg […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Friday, December 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

Have You Shopped at Safeway Recently? If So, You Need to Read This

Bah humbug! It seems like every holiday season, we hear about crooks stealing consumers’ payment card data. This year is no different. Krebs on Security reports that skimmers – devices that steal private info at the point of sale – were found at a number of Safeway stores in California and Colorado. While that’s a bad […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Victory! CFPB Warns Colleges About Secret Credit Card Deals on Campus

Good news for college students – the days are numbered for colleges and universities cutting secret deals with banks to offer financial products on campus. We’ve told you about these deals, and our investigation this spring to get public information about campus credit card agreements.   Our secret-shopper investigation found that it was difficult if not […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Tis the Season: Gift Card Dos and Don’ts

Americans are expected to spend $25.9 billion on gift cards this year – that’s an average of $153.08 per gift card giver, according to the National Retail Federation. While gift cards can be a great choice – gift cards are easy to purchase, simple to send, and often exactly what the recipient wants – the […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Monday, November 30th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Picking the Right Health Product During Open Enrollment

It’s open enrollment time for millions of Americans who purchase individual health insurance (and for many more who get insurance through their employer). Picking a health insurance plan should be a part of everyone’s annual healthcare routine, wherever they get their plan.  Consumers Union has put together some simple tips for people purchasing a plan […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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