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July 2012

Gray hair, family connections, blueberries, health care, Pinterest, travel, and home security systems are topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

By Rita R. Robison Virginia Cornue of vaboomer is this week’s host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #370. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. In this week’s carnival, boomer bloggers discuss: Why gray hair is attractive.... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Samuel Lawrence Furniture sleigh bed frames due to fall hazard

By Rita R. Robison Samuel Lawrence Furniture is expanding the recall of Full- and Twin-Size Bordeaux Collection Bed Frames, with about 2,400 being recalled in the United States and 100 in Canada. In June, the firm recalled about 18,400 king- and queen-size beds in the U.S. and 1,250 in Canada.... Read more →


Raspberries from my garden are my best consumer experience this week while bad pineapples disappoint

By Rita R. Robison Fresh raspberries are wonderful this time of year, but returning two pineapples to Costco wasn’t much fun. My best consumer experience: Fresh raspberries from my garden When I returned from Sacramento, I found a lot of raspberries on the vines in my garden. They are wonderful... Read more →


Safety agency sues over magnetic toys Buckyballs and Buckycubes due to intestinal injuries after swallowing

To prevent children from suffering further harm, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff filed an administrative complaint Wednesday against Maxfield & Oberton Holdings alleging that Buckyballs and Buckycubes contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings, and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public. The commission... Read more →


First action by new consumer finance protection agency is a good first step, but more needs to be done on bank regulation

By Rita R. Robison Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its first public enforcement action with an order requiring Capital One Bank to refund about $140 million to two million customers and pay an additional $25 million penalty. The bureau identified deceptive marketing tactics used by Capital One’s... Read more →


Watch out when salespeople come to your door selling security systems

By Rita R. Robison A few years ago, my sister, a senior, bought a home security system from a door-to-door salesman who knocked on her door. While the cost of the system was minimal, she pays a monthly charge for it and a medical alarm system. Baby boomers need to... Read more →


This week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival offers information on hair, travel, food, Twitter, vegetarianism, retirement bargains, and change

By Rita R. Robison Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen is this week’s host for the Blogging Boomer Carnival #269. Carter reports on what boomer members of the carnival have been blogging about. This week it’s giving up hair dying, traveling with children and grandchildren, shopping at a... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Honda 2012 CR-V SUVS and 2013 Acura ILX sedans due to front door problems

American Honda is recalling more than 172,200 small-size 2012 Honda CR-V SUVs and 2013 Acura ILX sedans due to issues with the vehicles front door locks, according to Consumer Reports. The vehicles' front doors may not properly latch closed and increase the risk of injuries from doors that open unexpectedly... Read more →


Finding money is my best consumer experience while Comcast customer service is terrible

By Rita R. Robison Luckily, I found some money this week, but my experience with Comcast was awful. My best consumer experience: Finding money among my receipts This spring, I’ve been really busy. When I prepared my tax return, I usually go through my receipts in addition to reviewing my... Read more →


This week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival features information on love, bargains, banking, and healthy eating

By Rita R. Robison Ann Maxfield of the Accidental Locavore is the host of this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival #268. The carnival features information on finding love at 50-plus, enjoying bargains at dollar stores, examining the history of polka dots, banking fraud, cutting down on meat in the diet, and... Read more →