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What are the best deals for Black Friday?

If you’re going to shop for deals on Black Friday – the sales are now available earlier, stick around longer, and are increasingly moving online – be sure to keep comparing prices. Sometimes prices are marked way up then marked way down. During my journalism career, I’ve written articles on items likely to be on sale each month during the year. Read more →


Having problems canceling a service? Check out these tips

When I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile, it wasn’t a problem to cancel once I finally got the correct information on what to do. However, some consumers have found it difficult or nearly impossible to cancel a service because companies illegally trick or trap people who use their services. An example is the phone company Vonage. Read more →


Stackable chargers are being recalled by Hyper Products due to fire risk

It’s important to keep up with recalls. In the 1970s before the internet, I received notifications on recalled products in the mail from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because I was a newspaper consumer columnist. My former husband had purchased a shop light. Read more →


T-Mobile to pay $350 million to settle lawsuits over massive 2021 data breach

T-Mobile has entered into an agreement to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit on claims related to a 2021 cyberattack involving unauthorized access to the company’s systems, the company reported in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more →


Super Bowl ads continue to be unimaginative in 2022, with violence again being used to sell

The Super Bowl ads for 2022 were mostly disappointing. Although a few had a good message, the overall feel of the game show was dystopian. A QR code drifting across the screen, ads for apps and betting websites I’d never heard of, and supposedly clever ads featuring stars from TV series I’ve never seen. Read more →


Watch out for romance scams as Valentine’s Day approaches

Americans are expected to lose even more money to romance scams in 2022. With Valentine's Day coming up, scammers are at work now targeting those looking for love. In 2020, reported losses to romance scams reached a record $304 million, up about 50 percent from 2019. For an individual, that meant a median dollar loss of $2,500. Read more →


Check out these tips on what to buy and not buy in February

Although February doesn’t have the reputation of being a time for the best deals, you can actually find bargains on a variety of items during the month. Sales often occur around the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents’ Day, and may occur at other times. 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 →