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Facts and figures for Easter 2022

What are your plans for Easter? Eighty percent of consumers plan to celebrate Easter this year and will spend an average $169.79, according to the National Retail Federation. Total spending for the holiday is estimated to be $20.8 billion, down slightly from last year's forecast of $21.6 billion. Read more →


Check out this list of banks that have stopped charging NSF fees and those that haven’t

Some large banks have announced they’re eliminating non-sufficient fund or NSF fees on their checking accounts. It’s a positive development, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said. These changes mean consumers will pay about 50 percent less in fees each year, an annual savings of about $1 billion. Read more →


Giant retailers rake in huge profits as consumers struggle with rising food prices

Following the latest Consumer Price Index report showing that food costs went up 10 percent since last year, earnings information released by Albertsons Companies shows that it reported $1.6 billion in 2021 fiscal year income — a 90 percent increase from 2020 — after passing on increased costs to consumers. Read more →


Leading retail and clothing brands lack commitment to stop use of dangerous PFAS, report shows

A scorecard ranking PFAS policy commitments from leading retail and apparel brands shows that Levi Strauss & Co. earned the highest mark for already eliminating PFAS from its supply chain. However, brands such as Macy’s Inc., Nordstrom, Costco, and others received low or failing marks. Read more →


What to buy and not buy in April

Spring is here, and while April isn’t the best month for bargains, you’ll probably be able to find savings. The key is to compare prices. DealNews.com suggests looking for discounts on these items: Spring apparel. Usually, you can’t find sales for clothing until the end of the season. Read more →


Academy Awards nominations for 2021 movies often violent, unimaginative with some very dark themes

Although there are some brilliant moments in the 2021 Oscar nominated movies, recurring reliance on violence and coming of age stories about males dominate the offerings. And last year’s movies have a new dark element, the psychological thriller, a slow moving movie that suddenly has a twist at the end. Read more →


Credit bureaus to remove most medical debt from credit reports

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, the three major credit bureaus, are changing how they’ll treat the reporting of medical debt. Nearly 70 percent of it in collections will be removed from credit reports. Paid medical debt will be erased and any new medical debt won’t be included in credit reports for a year. Read more →


Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers are selling skin creams with dangerous levels of mercury, study shows

Almost half of skin lightening creams tested contained dangerously high levels of mercury but continue to be sold by online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, and Flipkart, according to a report from the Zero Mercury Working Group, an international coalition. Read more →


Lock up poisons to celebrate the 60th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week

Protect your kids, teens, and elders from poisonings by locking up potentially harmful household products and medications. Nearly nine out of 10 unintentional poisonings occur in the home. Thirty-one children under the age of five die in the U.S. each year from consumer products found in the home Read more →