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Apr 16 2014

Court: Company Can’t Keep Its Name Secret in Safety Complaint Database

A company went to court to keep its name secret in a government consumer products safety database and initially won the right to remain anonymous. However, a pro-consumer decision today by an appeals court said the lower court erred and has to unseal the court document to reveal the actual name of this secretive company. Here’s a brief history.

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Apr 16 2014

Teaching Kids About Money Gets Boost from Schwab

dollarCharles Schwab’s daughter decided to focus her attention on teaching kids about money because not everyone can have a money-maven as a father. Now, more than half a million kids have gone through the program, and they actually seem to have learned something! Here’s the story.

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Apr 16 2014

What to buy and not buy in April

Every month we team up with Deal News and let people know what is best to buy and avoid for that particular month.  April has a few deals to snag and we had some fun with the story and our anchors. Here it is.  Enjoy.

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Apr 15 2014

New Bill Would Require Free Annual Credit Scores

From Bob Sullivan, BobSullivan.net:

A bill introduced in Congress last week would require credit bureaus to provide you with a free copy of your credit score once a year, and it also provides for improvements in the correction of errors on credit reports. Here’s the story.

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Apr 15 2014

T-Mobile Dropping Overage Charges

cellphoneThe “uncarrier,” T-Mobile, just announced that it will no longer charge higher rates when you go over your monthly data allotment. It challenged the big three carriers to follow suit. Here’s the story.

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Apr 15 2014

Tax Day Freebies and Deals

Soothe your financial wounds today with a freebie or great deal to celebrate tax day 2014. Here are some of the deals available.

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Apr 14 2014

10 Bad Money Habits that Cost You a Fortune

Bad habits are hard to break, but when you have a bad money habit, it can be costly too. Here are 10 bad money habits and tips on how to overcome them.

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Apr 12 2014

Financial Advice for People Who Aren’t Rich

From Ron Lieber, NY Times:

Companies are sprouting up to help regular folks manage their money and make sound financial decisions. Most charge a fee, but much less than conventional financial advisors charge. Here’s a who’s who.

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Apr 11 2014

Most Complained About Airline: Spirit

From USPIRG:

airplaneAccording to an analysis of complaints to the Department of Transportation, Spirit Airlines garnered about triple the number of complaints per 100,000 passengers as any other airline. Southwest and a few other airlines had the fewest gripes filed against them. Here is the full study.

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Apr 11 2014

Grocery Price Challenge: Supermarket vs. Drugstore

shopping cartIs it a good idea to buy groceries at the drugstore since more and more items are now stocked there? Consumer Reports says “no” after comparing prices at one supermarket compared to Walgreens. Here’s the study.

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Apr 10 2014

How Gender, Age, and Marriage Affect Car Insurance Rates

A new study by InsuranceQuotes.com shows significant differences in the car insurance rates people pay based on their age and marital status, among other factors. The rate variation can be as much as 50%! Here’s the story.

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Apr 10 2014

Dying Wish Scam Tugs at Your Heart, Wallet

Scamsters have now come up with a variety of clever frauds where a dying woman is trying to enlist your help to transfer money to a US charity. In one variation, the money supposedly gets held up in customs and you are asked to pay a fee to release it. In another, money is dyed a dark color and you have to pay to “launder” it. Here is the story and its cautionary warning.

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Apr 9 2014

FDA: If it’s not 100% Honey, You Can’t Call it Honey

The FDA is clamping down on food manufacturers that dilute pure honey with sugar or corn syrup. They now say unless it is 100% honey, it can’t be labeled as “honey” on store shelves. Here’s the story.

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Apr 9 2014

How “Big Data” and Secret Scores Invade Your Privacy

From Herb Weisbaum, CNBC:

privacy“They” are collecting all kinds of information about you for marketing and other purposes, and you don’t have access to it. Some say it is an invasion of privacy and fairness. Here’s the story.

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Apr 9 2014

Understand “Anchoring” to Negotiate Better

From Bob Sullivan, BobSullivan.net:

Behavioral science might help you avoid a phony sale on a new car or negotiate better. This story explains what “anchoring” is and how to take advantage of it.

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