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April 2015

Home equity line of credit warning: Fees can be reset after 10 years

Do you have a home equity line of credit or HELOC? On Monday, I received an email from Bankrate.com with information that HELOCs taken out during the housing boom can surprise borrowers with sharply higher payments when they’re reset. With HELOCs, the first 10 years – known as the draw... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Hampton Bay-branded Niles Park Collection patio set rockers due to fall hazard

Dimension Industries is recalling about 25,000 Hampton Bay-branded Niles Park Collection patio set rockers. The patio sets’ rocking chairs can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The firm has received three reports of the rocking chairs breaking.... Read more →


Wegmans, Publix, Trader Joe’s come out on top again in supermarket survey, while Walmart still among lowest rated

In Consumer Reports’ latest supermarket survey, Wegmans, Publix, and Trader Joe’s remain at the top of the ratings of 68 of stores nationwide. Also earning high overall satisfaction scores were Fareway Stores; Market Basket, located in the Northeast; Costco; and Raley’s. As in past surveys, America’s largest grocer, Walmart Supercenter,... Read more →


Feds take action against bad check collectors

A federal agency is taking enforcement action against a nationwide debt collection company and its chief executive officer for using threats of criminal prosecution and jail time to intimidate consumers into paying debts for bounced checks. National Corrective Group also misled consumers into believing that they must enroll in a... Read more →


Fees common for prepaid debit cards, but costs vary sharply

Prepaid debit cards are increasing in popularity. You choose the dollar amount to put on the card, and as you spend, your purchases are deducted from the total balance. When the balance gets low, you can reload with more money. Once mainly for low-income people who couldn’t get a bank... Read more →


New research suggests chemical used to cleanup BP oil spill may harm humans, wildlife

When news of the British Petroleum oil spill occurred, I wondered about the effects of a chemical that was being touted at the time as being highly effective in dispersing the toxins. On April 20, 2010, more than 200 million gallons of oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Blinds To Go custom-made window shades due to strangulation hazard

Blinds To Go is recalling about 200,000 custom-made window shades The shade’s chain or cord loop can slip out of the hold-down device, posing a strangulation hazard for small children, said the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No incidents or injures have been reported. The recalled custom-made shades... Read more →