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Rita Robison
Consumer and personal finance journalist offering money-saving tips
Interests: Plays, traveling., movies, reading, writing, photography, walking, research, getting together with friends
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Verizon is recalling about 2.5 million Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots. The lithium ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Verizon has received 15 reports of overheating, including six reports of fire damage to bedding or flooring and two reports of minor burn injuries. Continue reading
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Consumer Reports is launching CR Recommended, a program to bring Consumer Reports recommendations easily to consumers before they buy autos and other products. When consumers shop online, at a dealership, or in a store, they’ll see a “CR Recommended” mark for products. Continue reading
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an order Tuesday against a debt collector and its owner for harassing thousands of consumers, falsely threatening them with legal action. The CFPB found that Yorba Capital Management and its former owner, Daniel Portilla Jr., violated federal law. Continue reading
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This week, I wrote the 100th issue of my newsletter Helpful Money Tips for You. To celebrate, instead of offering my usual 10 tips, I offered 100. To sign up to get my free newsletter, go to http://eepurl.com/gkZ6JH. You'll get it in your email. Continue reading
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BATTOP is recalling about 5,000 foldable infant bath seats. The bath seats don’t meet the federal safety standard for infant bath seats, including requirements for stability, and can tip over while in use, posing a drowning hazard to babies. No incidents or injuries have been reported. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Best wishes to you on Easter Sunday. May your heart be filled with love and joy today. I’m thankful today for my family, my community, and my health. In these challenging pandemic times, it’s difficult to know what’s next. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Easter is a time Americans celebrate the resurrection of Christ and spend a lot of money to mark the holiday. About 65 percent of Americans classify themselves as Christians, with 28 percent planning to attend an Easter service in person on Easter Sunday this year. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to steal money from people. During these chaotic times, knowing about possible scams is the first step toward preventing them. Scammers are inventing new schemes as well as repurposing old ones. Be alert as you go about your covid daily lives. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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With more than 1,000 people dying a day from the coronavirus in the United States now, it’s difficult to think about making jokes. But, I got my first shot of the Moderna vaccine today, so that’s something. My daughter, who’s usually good at April Fools’ Day jokes, was having difficulty, so I sent her a list. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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“The unprecedented quarantines to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus have made many seniors more vulnerable to financial exploitation.” Social isolation, whether because of a pandemic or because an elderly person is alone, is a leading factor contributing to the financial exploitation of seniors. The necessity of quarantining... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 30, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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It isn’t over yet, so keep wearing masks and social distancing. It’s worrisome that people are rushing to go to activities again. While it’s exciting that millions of people are being vaccinated, kids are back in school, and the cases and deaths from coronavirus went down and are now plateauing, this is far from over. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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HD Hudson is recalling about 64,000 illu-Mist Battery-Powered Garden Sprayers. The firm has received four reports of batteries overheating, including one report of a battery melting and catching fire resulting in property damage of less than $100. No injuries have been reported. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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In 2019, about 67,500 children under the age of five years were treated in emergency rooms due to unintended poisoning. About 85 percent of these incidents occurred in the home. The CPSC encourages consumers to “Prepare, Prevent, and Protect” their families from poisonings at home. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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“When Aretha Franklin died in 2018, a powerful creditor came calling: The Internal Revenue Service.” The IRS said that the singer’s estate owed more than $7.8 million in unpaid income taxes, plus interest, plus penalties, from the last seven years of her life. There’s no lack of drama in the... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 26, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Facebook and Amazon are now the two biggest corporate lobbying spenders in the country. Big Tech has bypassed Big Oil and Big Tobacco, two historically big federal lobbying spenders, with Amazon and Facebook having spent nearly twice as much as Exxon and Philip Morris on lobbying in 2020. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Equal Pay Day is on March 24 this year, a date that marks how far into the year women need to work to earn the same as men did in the previous year. It was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Collard and mustard greens join kale among the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce on the Environmental Working Group’s 2021 Dirty Dozen list. For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers have made the list. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Global Home Imports is recalling about 82,000 HR platform frames. The HR platform frames can collapse, posing a crush hazard that can result in severe injury or death. The firm has received 100 reports of HR platform frames collapsing. No injuries have been reported. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Spring is here, and it’s a great time to get your home and your finances in order. Here are some tips from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help you get started on spring cleaning your finances: Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The meatpacking industry resisted the few attempts by the Trump administration to stop the spread of coronavirus in meatpacking plants last spring, according to documents obtained by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a FOIA request. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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When I was writing my weekly Helpful Money Tips for You newsletter (see Newsletter heading above to subscribe), I ran across an article by a women who was upset because a new coffee shop in her area turned out to be secret “nutrition club,” a recruiting tool for Herbalife. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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I’m a quarter Irish, so I love Ireland and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. About five years ago, I went to a second-hand store to get some extra small plates to use and I happened across one with the following Irish blessing. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Attending gatherings to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day increases your risk of getting and spreading covid-19. The safest way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year is to gather virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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It’s Daylight Saving Time, and I'm enjoying so much having more light in the early evening. When you turn your clocks one hour ahead, remember safety, too, and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke and CO alarms need new batteries installed each year. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Lifetime Products is recalling about 43,000 6-foot Seminar Tables. The brace arms can fail to lock the table legs into place and the table can collapse, posing an injury risk to consumers. Lifetime Products has received a report from a consumer on 11 tables with the brace arms not properly locking into place. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide