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After winter storms, watch out scams

Winter is far from over with heavy rains causing extensive damage in California and Nevada this week. At least three people died from fallen tree incidents in northern California on Sunday and more than 200,000 households remained without power Monday night. Dealing with the aftermath of flooding, wind damage, or other storm destruction isn’t easy. Read more →


As winter storms sweep the country, use these tips to avoid problems such as CO poisoning and fires

For about a week now, weather forecasters here in the Seattle area have been predicting about 6 inches of snow, unusual for this moderate climate. Fortunately, it looks like most of the area will get only a couple of inches, which should melt quickly. However, winter storms are impacting much of the country this week. Protect yourself with these tips:  Read more →


How to reduce the transmission of diseases from pets to humans

On Saturday, I wrote about One Health Day. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it’s a global campaign that recognizes the close connection between the health of people, animals, and the environment and the role this connection plays in the spread of diseases. Several times, I’ve written that people shouldn’t allow pets to sleep in bed with them. Read more →


How to get fair insurance treatment after Hurricane Idalia

Policyholders are entitled to receive their claims payments under the terms of their insurance policies, and insurers shouldn’t delay or mistreat consumers. Many victims of Hurricane Idalia will be underinsured and uninsured for flood damage. There will be big fights over whether the damage was caused by wind versus flooding. Read more →


What to do when your home owners insurance is canceled or jumps in cost

Storms across the country brought on by climate change are causing havoc. You may have received a notice from your insurer dropping your home insurance policy. Or, surges in the cost of your coverage can put a strain on your budget especially with inflation. This is stressful as not having the right insurance can make your home difficult to sell. Read more →


Is the pandemic really over?

No. What ended on Thursday was the covid health emergency on public health and safety measures in the United States. In addition, the World Health Organization recently ended the covid related global health emergency. The U.S. ended the covid health emergency because Republicans would no longer support funding for it. Read more →


Best wishes for 2023, another challenging year for consumers

My best wishes to you and your loved ones for 2023. On New Years eve, I wrote about the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2022. Inflation and higher interest rates topped the list, and I predict that those two issues will continue to confront consumers throughout the new year. My recommendations include: Read more →


Recall of portable generator that amputated 24 fingers is reannounced

Among the biggest news from last week’s recalls is a portable generator that can amputate fingers. Generac and DR 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators have caused 37 injuries, 24 resulting in finger amputations and five in finger crushing, according to reports to Generac. Read more →


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I just wanted to write and let you know today about what's going on with my newsletter. I scour personal finance websites every week to find the best tips for people to use in their personal finance lives. I've been getting a lot of positive feedback on it. Recently, J. Money of Budgets Sexy took a look at my newsletter. Read more →


Are you prepared for an emergency?

With Hurricane Ian battering Florida after thrashing Cuba, it’s a good remind to review how prepared we are for emergencies. During heavy snowstorm when the power went out a few years ago, my food was starting to get boring after five days. I’d eaten all my fresh food and gone through my canned food. Read more →