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April 2012

Fewer older adults apply for Social Security benefits last year, but disability benefit requests still up

Fewer workers age 62 and older applied for Social Security retirement benefits in 2011, mainly because more and better jobs were available. Only 27 percent of older workers began collecting retirement benefits last year, the lowest rate since 1976, according to the Urban Institute’s Program on Retirement Policy. Older Americans... Read more →

Spring apparel, candy to send Easter sales past $16 billion, survey says

Americans will spend an average of $145 on everything from apparel and candy to food and decorations this year, up 11 percent from $131 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $16.8 billion. “Though the price of gas is on everyone’s mind, Easter is one of the few holidays... Read more →

Quick and easy recipes for Easter and Passover

Looking for new recipes for upcoming Easter and Passover celebrations? offers these taste treats: Easter Easter Calzone (Scalcione di Cipolle) Instructions: For the filling: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 bunches scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes 1 cup chopped Kalamata... Read more →

Grocery shoppers rate Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, and Fareway highly, while giving low marks to Wal-Mart, survey shows

Consumer Reports subscribers rated Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, and Fareway tops among 52 of the nation’s major grocery stores. While most respondents were quite satisfied with their experiences, the survey also showed even some of the high-rated chains gave many shoppers something to complain about. One-third of subscribers surveyed said... Read more →

FTC fails halt the merger of two giant pharmacy benefit management companies

By Rita R. Robison It’s troubling that the Federal Trade Commission didn’t stop the merger of the two largest pharmacy benefit managers, Medco and Express Scripts Inc. A pharmacy benefit manager is a third party administrator of prescription drug programs. They’re mainly responsible for processing and paying prescription drug claims.... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Leggett & Platt adjustable mattress bases due to fire hazard

By Rita R. Robison Leggett & Platt is recalling about 25,200 power foundations or adjustable bases for mattresses. Electrical components in the motor control board can fail and short causing overheating, which poses a fire hazard. The firm has received 29 complaints of overheating in the electronic motor control board... Read more →

Getting free shipping is my best consumer experience this week while new rules at health care offices irritate

By Rita R. Robison I was pleased this week to save money on face and body soap, while a new Federal Trade Commission ruling was upsetting. My best consumer experience: Saving money on shipping costs Since I have allergies, I order some of my personal care products from N.E.E.D.S., a... Read more →