Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Jul 2 2015

10 Things To Know Before You Book a Cruise

Cruise travel can be a grand adventure, but it’s easy to go overboard. Here’s some expert advice on staying afloat.

 

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Jul 2 2015

Revenge by scamming the scammers?

Some consumers who are sick and tired of scammers are they’re taking matters into their own hands by wasting the time and energies of the fraudsters. But such moves are not without risks. Here’s what you need to know.   

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Jul 1 2015

Report: Teach Kids about Money Early

A new report from the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans says that the earlier you teach kids about money and responsible money management, the better. Here is the full report.

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Jul 1 2015

P&G Adds Bitter Taste to Detergent Pods

Those colorful Tide Pods that look like candy to children have been responsible for thousands of calls to local poison control centers. To help mitigate the problem, Procter & Gamble is adding a bittering agent to the outer wrap of several brands of detergent pods this fall.

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Jun 30 2015

Fall Behind in Car Payments, Car Gets Disabled

Imagine if you fall behind in your monthly car payments, and your lender could magically make your car impossible to start. Stop imagining. Here’s how it works.

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Jun 29 2015

If Your Doctor Overcharges You…

Consumer Reports says that medical bills can be inaccurate at least seven percent of the time. What do you do if you get charged for something that should be covered by insurance? Here’s their advice.

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Jun 29 2015

John Deere Uses Copyright Law to Thwart Do-It-Yourselfers

It’s a technical legal argument, but farm equipment make John Deere says you can’t tamper with the software in its equipment. That means farmers can’t diagnose and repair their own tractors, for example. The may be a perfect example of DRM (digital rights management) gone awry. Here’s the story.

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Jun 27 2015

Your Car Key May Become an App

There’s an app for everything, it seems… and now some are quasi-replacements for your car key. Here’s the story.

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Jun 26 2015

What You Eat Out Correlates to Cell Preference!

Enjoy a smoothie for lunch? You’re more likely an iPhone user. Prefer fried chicken? You’re more likely an Android phone owner. Here’s more.

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Jun 25 2015

Avoid summer scams that offer travel freebies, free gift cards

While consumers are looking for ways to save on their summer vacations, scammers are there to play some tricks to get your private information. Learn how you can detect summer frauds and phony offers.

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Jun 25 2015

Should You Link Your Bank Account to an App?

There are various financial services available on the web designed to track your finances. To do this, however, they want your login information to your bank account, credit card account, etc. Is it smart to give out these credentials?

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Jun 24 2015

New Invention Custom Fits Off-the-Rack Shoes

Imagine going into a store where there is a device that takes shoes from off the shelf, and customizes the fit to your actual foot measurements. ShopInstantShoe is currently being tested abroad. Here’s the story.

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Jun 24 2015

Home Selling 101: 12 Tips for Pricing Your Home to Get Top Dollar

When you sell your home, is it smarter to choose a price that ends with a zero or a 9? Think through your strategy when you set the price. Here’s the story.

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Jun 23 2015

Essay Contest to Sell an Inn Probed

Write an essay, pay $125, and maybe win an inn in Maine. That’s what the current owners advertised in a scheme to sell their property. But some who entered the contest are crying foul. Here’s why.

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Jun 23 2015

Oh No… Skinny Jeans Can be Hazardous to Your Health!

A woman in Australia had to go to the hospital after tripped and fell. Doctors found that she had significant damage to her muscle and nerve fibers, and attributed the problem to her skinny jeans. Here’s the story.

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