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Would you put a poop emoji sticker on someone’s car to scold them for their ‘shitty’ parking?

When I was at Trader Joe’s Monday, someone put a piece of paper on my windshield shaped like a poop emoji. I couldn’t believe it. On the back it said I was shitty at parking. When I drove up to park, there were two large SUVs. The one on the left was parked on the line. I intentionally parked at a distance from the improperly parked SUV. Read more →

As summer begins, prevent injuries and deaths by reviewing off-highway vehicle safety tips

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. A big safety issue for parents is the use of off-highway vehicles or OHVs by kids. During 2023, the CFA documented 498 OHV fatalities. Children 15 years and younger accounted for 19 percent of all deaths. Children six years and under continue to make up a sizable portion of the OHV fatalities. Read more →

Had a frustrating experience getting an item repaired? Let the FTC know what happened

When trying to get a product fixed, you might have had a big problem. The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear what happened if you recently tried to get a product repaired. The FTC has set up a link for warranty or repair stories. It’s interested in learning about experiences across a range of products – from cars, kitchen appliances, and cell phones to grills and generators. Read more →

Best and worst Super Bowl ads 2024

The Super Bowl ads this year followed a similar pattern of previous years: just a few good ones, many bad ones, a lot of silly ones, and my biggest complaint – violence being used to sell products and services. Years ago, I didn’t like Betty White being tacked onto the ground to sell Snickers bars and seniors being victimized in ads. Read more →

Facts and figures for Thanksgiving 2023

It’s that time of year again already. Thanksgiving, the American day of giving thanks, is this week. Ninety-seven percent of Americans are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving. The average person’s spending over the five-day Thanksgiving period is estimated to be $325. The average cost of a 10-person Thanksgiving dinner will be about $64.05. Read more →

Irritated over ‘junk’ fees? Let the FTC know the details

Junk fees – those hidden and bogus charges that have found their way into a wide variety of transactions – are on consumers’ minds. After receiving more than 12,000 comments about how these fees impact consumers and businesses, the FTC announced on Oct. 11, a proposed rule on deceptive fees. It's now looking for further feedback. Read more →

Watch out for hidden fees

Junk fees are everywhere. The fees, which cost American families tens of billions of dollars each year, can strain any family budget. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which looks for junk fees when it examines financial institutions, found the following during its reviews between February and August 2023: Read more →

USASF Servicing illegally disabled vehicles and double-billed consumers, financial agency charges

USASF Servicing is being charged with illegal practices that harmed consumers with auto loans including disabling vehicles, improperly repossessing vehicles, double-billing for insurance premiums, and failing to return millions in refunds, according to a lawsuit. The CFPB is seeking to return money to consumers, impose penalties, and stop future violations. Read more →

Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices are being used in many financial transactions, agency finds

American companies are using unfair and deceptive practices as they sell many consumer financial products, the CFPB said in a report. For example, auto lenders have originated loan balances above the real value of the car being purchased and engaged in illegal collection practices while servicing these loans. Read more →

Top 10 consumer complaints for 2022

It’s not surprising what last year’s top consumer complaint was. I’ve seen it many times as No. 1 on annual consumer complaint lists. It’s auto sales and repair. “Consumers rely on cars to get to work, school, doctors’ appointments and more,” said Erin Witte, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. Read more →