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December 2013

Are vitamins good for you or … bad for you?

A flurry of news stories recently about how vitamins aren’t helpful is adding to the uncertainty consumers have about what to do about taking vitamins. Recent studies One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease, or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off... Read more →


Top 10 tips for consumers in 2014

The beginning of a new year is a good time for consumers to look at where they’ve been in the past year and what they’d like to change. Tomorrow will be 2014, a new year that will be unfolding in front of us. Here are some things to look at... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Libbey Glass cocktail glasses due to laceration hazard

Libbey Glass is recalling about 218,000 Bristol Valley cocktail glasses with a sheer rim. The glasses can break unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Libbey has received 16 reports from commercial customers of glasses breaking, including one report of a minor laceration... Read more →


Top 10 consumer stories of 2013

Things improved for consumers somewhat in 2013. With the economy slowly improving, more people are getting back to work. And after the slap-down Great Recession of 2008, government agencies are finally beginning hold those accountable for the epic economic disaster and adopt new rules to prevent such a catastrophe from... Read more →


What to do if you’ve used your credit card at Target recently

If you’ve been following the news this holiday season, you’ve probably heard that Target shoppers may have been affected by the recent data breach. Target notified their customers of the breach via e-mail. But watch out. Scammers follow the news, too. Scam artists may send out phony “Target” e-mails pretending... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Yankee Candle Co.’s pine berry candle rings due to fire hazard

The Yankee Candle Co. is recalling about 15,000 pine berry candle rings in U.S. and 2,000 in Canada The candle rings’ synthetic foliage and berries are flammable, posing a fire hazard, said the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported. The pine berry candle... Read more →


Top 10 stories on the Boomer Guide this year

It’s been rewarding year for me writing about consumer issues for the Baby Boomer Nation. What articles have my readers of my blog liked the most? Here are my top 10 articles from 2013: 1. “Check Your Credit Reports in 2013.” This is a task consumers should undertake each year... Read more →


Want to avoid unsafe toys? See the W.A.T.C.H. list of ‘10 worst toys of 2013’

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers need to know what dangers to look for when they purchase toys for children this holiday season. To help them, World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. or W.A.T.C.H. offers its list of “10 Worst Toys of 2013.” This year’s list contains realistic looking toy guns, a... Read more →