Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
May 4 2016

MasterCard Speeds Up Chip Card Processing

Chipped credit cards take longer to process to the chagrin of shoppers. Now MasterCard said it is working a system to make checkouts faster — more like the time it takes to swipe a credit card. Here’s the story.

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May 3 2016

J&J Loses in Court in Baby Powder Case

Johnson & Johnson found itself on the losing end of a $55-million case in which the plaintiff said that J&J Baby Powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Here’s the story.

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May 3 2016

Savings Up, But Credit Card Debt Looms

A new survey of Americans shows that one in four people are saving more than last year, but one in seven people carries over $2500 in credit card debt month to month. Here’s more.

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May 2 2016

When a car dealer doesn’t pay off a trade-in’s loan

It’s common for a car dealer to promise to pay off the loan on a trade-in if you buy a new car at the dealership. But if the payment isn’t made, the consumer will be left with two car loans and not a lot of happiness. See what happened to one consumer who said a car dealer didn’t keep its word.

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Apr 29 2016

How to Get a Perfect 850 Credit Score

From Stacy Johnson, MoneyTalksNews:

Stacy Johnson recently got a perfect 850 credit score and he tells you how he did it!

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Apr 28 2016

When pricey promposals break the bank

Skydiving. Flash mobs. Tuxes and roses and jewelry. Promposals — elaborate ways to ask someone to prom — are getting more expensive. Most teens can’t afford to pay for the promposal of their dreams, so parents are kicking in to pay for it. Here’s how you can use this moment as a money lesson for your high school senior. 

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Apr 28 2016

The Honest Company Sued Over Baby Formula

The Honest Company claims to offer pure products, with safe ingredients, and some are labeled as “organic.” A nonprofit claims, however, that their infant formula is not organic as claimed because it contains banned ingredients. Here’s the story.

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Apr 27 2016

Big Surprise in Cracker Jacks: No Tangible Prize

Gone are the days of getting a tangible toy inside every box of Cracker Jacks. Instead, you will now get a digital code to watch a baseball-related video. digital code

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Apr 26 2016

New Apps Help Patients Make Emergency Health Decisions

When faced with a medical emergency, there are often several treatment paths possible. New technology is helping patients become part of the decision making process. Here’s how.

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Apr 25 2016

Over 40% Don’t Get Their Free Credit Report Annually

Despite the fact that federal law allows consumers to get a free copy of their credit report once a year from each of the major credit bureaus, four of ten don’t take advantage of it. Here’s the story.

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Apr 25 2016

Sears/Kmart Closing 78 Stores by Summer

Sears Holdings announced last week that it was going to close 68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores this summer. Here’s the story, and there is a link there to a store list.

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Apr 22 2016

Why Old-Fashioned Paper Statements May Be a Better Choice

 Credit card companies, banks and financial institutions are always pressing to get us to switch over to e-statements and give up paper. Here’s why you should think twice before they convince you to ‘go green.’

 

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Apr 21 2016

Nike Outlet Stores Accused of Misleading Pricing

Here we go again. Another day, another class action lawsuit about deceptive and inflated regular prices on goods at outlet stores. This time, it is Nike’s turn to defend itself. Here’s the story.

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Apr 21 2016

Our Taste for Junk Food Starts at Toddler Age

A researcher analyzed data from surveys and the findings show that bad habits start much, much earlier than you might think — as early as in the toddler years. This places at least part of the blame for your poor eating squarely on your parents. Here’s the story.

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Apr 21 2016

Women Lose More Sleep Over Money than Men

A national survey commissioned by CreditCards.com to gauge how money worries affect sleep found that 56 percent of men report occasionally losing sleep over at least one financial problem. The rate jumps to 68 percent for women. Read more.

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