Yearly Archive:: 2017

Jan 16 2017

What’s wrong with some local governements? This.

Common sense is often trampled by red tape and bureaucracy. See how one town refused to let a homeowner sell her two-family home as a two-family home, despite reams of evidence it was a two-family. The town
Jan 16 2017

In Prison, Madoff Corners the Market on Hot Chocolate

Only Bernie Madoff could be viewed as a hero by his cellmates. But they’re not too happy with him because he seems to have cornered the market on supplies of Swiss Miss hot chocolate powder. Here’s the
Jan 15 2017

52 Places to Visit in 2017

Of course, you can’t go to all of them, but here are some vacation ideas to consider this year, courtesy of the NY Times.
Jan 15 2017

If the Home Seller Backs Out, Then What?

Do you have any rights if a home seller you are contracting with tries to back of out the deal? You do have rights! Here’s what you can do.
Jan 13 2017

Pop Quiz: Is It Better to Have a Tax Credit or a Tax Deduction?

It’s that time once again, but don’t despair. Here’s a chance to test your tax IQ — and sharpen your tax-slashing skills. 
Jan 13 2017

How Google Chrome might help scammers steal your info

If you use Google Chrome, watch out for the auto-fill function. There’s a security flaw that causes more information that you expect to be shared with others if you use auto-fill for an online form. See how
Jan 12 2017

Get Your Consumer Complaint Heard

Here are tips to help get a company to hear your consumer complaint loud and clear.
Jan 12 2017

Kids Menus Not Getting Healthier

Within the past five years or so, some restaurants have been trying to improve kids’ menus by making changes, such as removing soda from kids menus, adding fruit, and offering vegetable choices other than fries. But according
Jan 11 2017

New PA-AG Promises More Consumer Cases

How refreshing to see a state Attorney General’s office embracing consumer issues. Hats off to the new Attorney General for Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro.
Jan 11 2017

AT&T Raises Price of Unlimited Data Plans … Again

Just a year ago, AT&T Wireless raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $5. Now they’re doing it again by another $5. Could this be a way they are encouraging users to abandon these
Jan 10 2017

Even a Little Emergency Savings is Good

Believe it or not, half of Americans don’t have a rainy day fund. Yikes! For those folks, one way to start is to think small. Here’s the story.
Jan 9 2017

Fastest Growing Student Loan Borrowers: Seniors!

Believe it or not, people 60 years old and higher represent the fastest growing segment taking out student loans. And, their debt is rising significantly. Here’s the story.
Jan 6 2017

Extreme Financial Makeover: 30 Moves in 30 Days

Like getting in shape, getting your finances in order can seem daunting. Try this one-month, 30 minutes a day approach to tackle it in manageable steps. Here’s the story. 
Jan 5 2017

Preparing Your Home for a Power Outage

Power outages can have emotional and financial consequences if you have not prepared for them. So here are some tips to help you be ready this winter just in case.
Jan 5 2017

Why your “wish list” could be an identity thief’s dream

If you use a “wish list” on your favorite retailer’s website, you might be surprised by what strangers can learn about you and your family. Here’s what a bad guy could learn from your list – unless