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Cookbooks to help you brighten 2022

If you’re like me, you’ve done more cooking during the pandemic than in any recent time period. In fact, for the first time, I got tired of cooking. This list of 19 cookbooks from the Food Tank brightened my day. The cookbooks are full of bright flavors, personal stories, and rich traditional knowledge. Read more →


How to keep food safe when the power goes out

Winter storms with feet of snow are making their way across the nation. Even here in the Seattle area, we had more than a foot of snow. With snow storms blanketing the eastern United States, including Georgia and South Carolina, thousands are or have been without power. Food poisoning is a real threat during a power outage. Read more →


Chamber of Commerce, whose members include dozens of lawbreakers, lobbies against FTC enforcement

The Chamber of Commerce is lobbying to oppose tougher enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission because its ranks are filled with corporate wrongdoers, a Public Citizen report says. The 111 known Chamber member corporations have violated state and federal laws 15,896 times with fines of $154 billion since 2000. Read more →


The why and how of your total wealth

Many Americans lack financial literacy. Moreover, regardless of their financial wealth, many Americans also aren’t as happy as they could be … lacking what one of our reviewers defined as “life literacy.” We wrote “Your Total Wealth: The Heart and Soul of Financial Literacy” because of these two reasons. Read more →


Credit bureau complaints jump to more than half of those filed with the CFPB

Hundreds of thousands of consumers are having problems getting credit bureaus to correct their credit reports, an analysis by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. Consumers submitted more than 700,000 complaints to the CFPB about Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion from January 2020 through September 2021. Read more →


Progress made in public health, climate, and consumer protection during 2021, consumer group says

Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues. Read more →


Did you spend too much on the holidays? You’re not alone, survey shows

Thirty percent of Americans overspent during the holidays, and it’s likely that many of them will be paying for the 2021 holiday season well into 2022, according to a survey by WalletHub, a personal finance website. However, 41 million Americans say the 2021 holiday season was worth going into debt for. Read more →


Best wishes for the new year, but who knows what it will bring

It’s shocking to be sitting here at my computer and seeing that covid cases are up more than 200 percent from two weeks ago. Right now, we have more covid cases than at any time during the pandemic. With about 62 percent of Americans vaccinated, I was surprised that another variant could cause so much havoc. Read more →


Top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021

Consumers are continuing to face tremendous challenges in this, the second year of the coronavirus pandemic. I could probably write an article on 10 ways the pandemic affected people financially. I just hope it will end soon instead of continuing to drag on and on. Read more →