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March 2013

Consumers look to keep costs down for Easter purchases this year

Americans will celebrate Easter in style and on budget this year, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. Keeping cost and their shopping list in mind, the average person celebrating Easter will spend about $145.13 on candy, decor, apparel, and food, which is almost the same as... Read more →


Watch out for tax preparers who are scam artists

The deadline for filing personal income tax returns is less than a month away Each year, consumers file thousands of complaints about tax preparation schemes. Some scammers prey on seniors or college students by impersonating tax authorities, soliciting follow up information on a tax form, and collecting identification numbers and... Read more →


Mental health, retirement jobs, midlife growth, airport timing, and a fraud warning are the topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs, it’s 300th offering

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #300. The boomer blog roundup is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. For the 300th Best of Boomer Blogs, Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen says:... Read more →


FTC stops company from using threats to get consumers to pay for medical alert devices

A U.S. district court has temporarily shut down a Brooklyn-based company that allegedly used deception, threats, and intimidation to induce elderly consumers to pay for medical alert systems they neither ordered nor wanted In its lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission charges that telemarketers for Instant Response Systems call elderly consumers... Read more →


Recall of the Week: White House | Black Market women’s shoes due to fall hazard

White House | Black Market is recalling 13,500 pairs of high heel shoes. The heels on the shoes can become unstable, posing a fall hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves Versailles model (570053826) and Lourdes... Read more →


Suicide, secrets, menopause, midlife creativity, and effective shopping are the topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

Photo: JoJan Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty is the host for the Best of Boomer Blogs #299. The boomer blog roundup is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. As the Ides of March, the day Caesar was... Read more →


Recall of the Week: The Pampered Chef garlic slicers due to laceration hazard

The Pampered Chef is recalling about 286,000 garlic slicers. A blade on the garlic slicer can unexpectedly dislodge during use, posing a laceration hazard to the consumer, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. The Pampered Chef has received 23 reports of blades detaching during... Read more →