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November 2012

Verizon ranks high, AT&T low in this year's Consumer Reports survey

Who’s your cell phone provider? Are you satisfied with the service? I know friends and family members who have AT&T for their iPhones. One has calls dropped so frequently she tells people to call her on the landline. I have Verizon because I’ve read past Consumer Reports ratings that it... Read more →


Gratitude is the topic for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

John Agno of So Baby Boomer is the host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #287. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. For this carnival, baby boomer bloggers write they're thankful for daily gratitude, good thoughts, carnival... Read more →


EPA temporarily bars BP from new federal contracts

While some people complain about government regulations, it’s good public policy that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is temporarily suspending BP from new contracts with the federal government. “The EPA is taking this action due to BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to... Read more →


Insurance company gives refunds for wrongly denied claims

Make sure your insurance company handles your deductibles correctly. After consumers complained about their deductibles not being calculated accurately, the New York State Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation of Excellus Bluecross Blueshield. Excellus has agreed to refund plan members who overpaid health care providers as a result of Excellus's... Read more →


Recall of the Week: American Honda portable generators due to fire and burn hazards

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. is recalling about 150,600 portable generators. The generator’s fuel hose can leak, posing fire and burn hazards, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Honda is aware of four incidents of fuel leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.... Read more →


Sewing machine research is my best consumer experience this week, while a huge rain storm causes problems

In recent years, I’ve been skipping Black Friday. However, I enjoyed shopping Saturday. What I didn’t like was a big rainstorm earlier this week. My best consumer experience: Shopping for a sewing machine My daughter wants a new sewing machine. She makes quilts and her old Singer has problems. The... Read more →


Consumer Reports offers this year’s list of good and bad company policies and practices

This week, Consumer Reports unveiled its third annual Naughty & Nice List of company policies and practices. The companies cover a wide range of industries, including automotive (BMW, Honda) apparel (Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Forever 21), and hospitality (Drury Hotels). The annual Naughty & Nice list isn’t an overall Rating of a... Read more →


Last-minute Thanksgiving information you can use

How are your Thanksgiving plans shaping up? Here are some last-minute tips you need to know: Cooking mistakes What should you do if you make a mistake when you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner? If the gravy is lumpy, use a potato masher to smash the lumps or strain it. Don’t leave... Read more →


Food, positive living, longevity, space, and expat living are topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

Katie Foster of Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures is the host for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival #286. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. For this carnival, boomer bloggers are writing about the Hubble... Read more →