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January 2024

What to buy and not buy in February

Since many people emptied out their pocketbooks for holiday spending, by the time February rolls around, they’re probably still paying off their credit cards. However, there are big opportunities to shop and save in February. Here are some suggestions from on what bargains to look for in February: Read more →

A $50 coat from Pendleton? No, I fell for a scam

For two years, I’ve been shopping for a new red coat. Challenging and time consuming, including returning one I ordered online that didn’t fit, I finally bought an O.K. purple one. Then, I saw a brown plaid Pendleton coat advertised on Facebook for $50. Wow, I thought, that’s a great price. So, I ordered it although it isn’t a color that I like at all. Read more →

More than 580,000 beds are being recalled after dozens of injuries

Home Design is recalling 517,177 upholstered low profile standard and platform beds in the United States and 55,857 in Canada. The recalled beds can break, sag, or collapse during use, posing fall and injury hazards to consumers. The company has received 128 reports of incidents, involving 36 injuries. Read more →

You have the right to get funeral information over the phone

It’s a topic I’ve written about many times. Get familiar with funeral costs before you expect you may need to arrange a funeral. Funeral directors can take advantage of consumers who aren’t informed. And it can cost you a lot of money. A first-time, undercover investigation by the FTC showed that some funeral homes didn’t give accurate price information over the phone. Read more →

Watch out for ‘free’ offers that aren’t free, such as the TurboTax services most consumers weren’t able to use

Be sure to check out any free offer to make sure it actually don’t cost anything. In an order issued Monday, the Federal Trade Commission said Intuit, maker of TurboTax, the popular tax filing software, engaged in deceptive advertising when it ran ads for “free” tax products and services that many consumers were ineligible for. Read more →

Bloggers keep going despite winter weather

Winter is the pits. In the Seattle area, where the weather is usually moderate, we had a week of 20-degree weather and snow – just a skiff where I Iive but in Bellingham, Washington, near the Canadian border, snowfall totals varied across western Whatcom County, with some areas reporting more than 10 inches on the ground. Read more →

Danger: A paper towel can catch fire in a microwave when wrapped around food

It was terrible. Smoke was rolling out of the vent in my microwave. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I followed the directions on the package of Thai Style Spring Rolls by Lucky Foods. It said: Wrap frozen spring rolls in paper towel, place on microwave safe dish. Heat for 1.5 minutes, flip and continue heating for an additional 1.5 min. Read more →

Biden administration proposes changes to reduce overdraft fees at big banks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday proposed a rule to rein in excessive overdraft fees charged by the nation’s biggest financial institutions. It would close an outdated loophole that exempts overdraft lending services from provisions of the 1968 Truth in Lending Act. About 23 million households pay overdraft fees each year. Read more →

Steps for how to begin growing savings

Do you have accumulated debt, maybe from student loans, credit cards, car loans, or overspending? Are you savings money for the future? Although a lot of people struggle with saving, it’s possible to gradually building small savings into large sums. Here are some ways to help you begin to save or build up your savings, offered by the FDIC. Read more →

Millions of anchor kits to prevent furniture tip-overs are being recalled

Millions of furniture tip restraints kits made by New Age Industries that were sold with dressers, chests, and other clothing storage furniture in the United States are being recalled. Because the plastic zip tie in the kits can become brittle or break, furniture that is supposed to be anchored to the wall can detach, posing a risk of death or injuries to children. Read more →