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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 →

States announce $10.5 million settlement with wireless carriers over deceptive ads

Another industry is being exposed for years-long tricks it engaged in to fool consumers and make more money at their expense. Major U.S. wireless carriers agreed to a $10.25 million settlement Thursday after an industry-wide investigation by a coalition of 50 state attorneys general of misleading advertising practices.  Read more →

Security problems found in video doorbells need fixing, Consumer Reports says

Consumers using a video doorbell made by Eken, Tuck, Fishbot, or any of the other brands that use the same hardware and Aiwit smartphone app should confirm that their doorbell is running the latest firmware version as soon as possible. Consumer Reports recently uncovered security vulnerabilities in doorbells manufactured by Eken Group . Read more →

Thoughts on Earth Day 2024

In the era of climate change, so much needs to be done, it makes your head spin. However, on Earth Day this year, I’d like to give a shout out to leaders and groups who have been working for decades make a difference for the earth. A recent example is PFAS, also known as forever chemicals. They’re used in a wide range of consumer products. Read more →

Watch out for mystery shopping scams that give you a fake check then ask you for gift cards payments

If you’re looking for a new job, getting paid to shop might sound like a good way to make money. Companies hire mystery shoppers to try products or services and share experiences about things like buying or returning something, or their overall customer experience. But while some mystery shopping jobs are legitimate, many aren’t. So how do you spot the scams? Read more →

Melatonin poisonings in kids are up dramatically

In the last two decades, the number of young children accidentally ingesting melatonin gummies, tablets, and other forms has skyrocketed. During 2012–2021, a 530 percent increase in poison center calls for pediatric melatonin exposures occurred, and during 2009–2020, a 420 percent increase in emergency department visits for melatonin was reported. Read more →

Why are prices increasing so much in the fast food industry?

In my weekly newsletter, “Helpful Money Tips for You,” I included an item on how most fast food chains have raised prices by 60 percent on average over the last 10 years. Four who have raised prices even more are McDonald’s, Popeyes, Taco Bell, and Chipotle. A reader wrote back and said the fast food article I had linked to said nothing about wages. Read more →

Amazon’s recycling program for its plastic packaging isn’t working, report says

Amazon packaging rarely gets recycled when customers use the company’s recommended store drop-off system. Packaging from drop-off bins ended up in landfills or incinerators, became stuck in distribution centers, or was made into nonrecyclable products, according to a report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research and Policy Center. Read more →

Watch out for high interest rates when you get a larger loan

Everything that is wrong with a high-cost loan is only worse when the loan is larger and the terms are longer. New 36 percent interest rate caps in states that previously had no limits are an important step in the right direction, according to a new report from the National Consumer Law Center, an organization that works on behalf of low-income consumers. Read more →