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More than 400,000 Starbucks mugs recalled due to burn and cut risks

Nestlé USA is recalling about 440,500 Starbucks-branded mugs included in 2023 holiday gift sets. If microwaved or filled with extremely hot liquid, the mugs can overheat or break, posing burn and laceration hazards. There have been 12 incidents of the mugs overheating or breaking resulting in 10 injuries. Read more →

Get tips on what money problems to avoid from financial agency’s list of 2023 complaints

It’s tough these days making money stretch in shifting economic times. Get help with smart money moves by taking a look at complaints filed with the CFPB for 2023. Last year, the CFPB sent more than 1.3 million complaints to over 3,400 companies for review and response, according to the agency’s “Consumer Response Annual Report.” Read more →

Watch out for video doorbells sold on Amazon that have serious security problems, Consumer Reports says

Video doorbells sold on digital marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, Temu, Sears, and Shein may have flaws, said Consumer Reports. As part of routine testing, it examined Eken and Tuck video doorbells that looked like the same product under different brand names. A deeper look by testing organization’s researchers revealed security vulnerabilities. Read more →

Best Buy recalls more than 287,000 Insignia air fryers due to possible injuries from overheating

Best Buy is recalling more than 287,000 Insignia air fryers and air fryer ovens due to reports of the units overheating. When overheating, the air fryers handles can melt or break posing fire and burn hazards. In addition, if the air fryer ovens overheat, the glass on the door can shatter, posing fire, burn, and laceration hazards. Read more →

EPA finalizes ban on the remaining uses of asbestos and the importation of the toxin

On Monday, the EPA announced a final rule to ban use of the only known form of asbestos imported into the U.S. – an action to shield consumers from the toxic substance that kills nearly 40,000 Americans every year. It’s the first substance that the EPA has successfully banned using new authority Congress gave the agency in 2016. Read more →

Realtors’ group agrees to pay $418 million to settle lawsuits on high commissions

Homeowners could pay less to sell their homes after a realtors’ group agreed to cut commissions to settle lawsuits filed against it. On Friday, the National Association of Realtors agreed to pay $418 million in damages and to eliminate its rules on commissions. The $418 million agreement will make it easier for home buyers to negotiate fees with their own agents. Read more →

Don’t let scammers spoil your spring vacation

Winter is beginning to fade, and if you’re like me, you’re longing for spring and warm weather. When you’re planning a trip – whether it’s a spring break jaunt or another trip – you may be tempted to sign up an offer that looks like great deal. Unfortunately, scammers sometimes hide behind those offers. All they want is to steal your money. Read more →

What to buy and not buy during March 2024

March isn’t one of the hottest months for finding deals, but you may be able to score great savings on several items in March as long as you know what to shop for. offers the following suggestions: Pi Day – March 14 is Pi Day because it’s 3-14 and it celebrates the mathematical constant pi, 3.14159. Look for restaurants that offer deals for $3.14. Read more →

Are your new light bulbs lasting 20 years or more?

The new light bulbs are a step forward, I think, in terms of energy saving so I applaud the change. However, it irritates me that the manufacturers are claiming that the light bulbs will last for many, many years. They simply don’t. About a decade ago, I took a package of light bulbs back to Costco because they weren’t lasting as long as the manufacturer indicated. Read more →

More than 210,000 electric smokers are being recalled due to shock risk

Char-Broil is recalling more than 210,000 digital electric smokers. The smokers can leak electrical current during use, posing an electric shock hazard. Char-Broil has received 79 reports of consumers who experienced a minor electric shock from touching the smokers while in use. This recall includes the following models: Read more →