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Rita Robison
Personal finance writer offering money-saving tips
Interests: Plays, traveling., movies, reading, writing, photography, walking, research, getting together with friends
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shouldn’t adopt its recently-proposed rule that would undermine the ability to enforce fair lending laws and prevent discrimination in the mortgage lending market, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday. On May 13, the... Continue reading
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Amazon is recalling about 377,000 AmazonBasics 1500 watt ceramic space heaters in the United States, 18,000 in Canada, and 3,765 in Mexico. The heater can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Amazon has received 25 reports in the United States... Continue reading
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This year, about 80 percent of Americans will be celebrating Father’s Day. I hope you’ll be able to share an activity with your dad, if you live close enough to get together. If your dad lives far away, maybe you’ll... Continue reading
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It’s that time of year again. When the flowers bloom and the trees leaf out, it’s time to recognize those important guys in our families – our dads. Spending Americans are expected to spend a record amount on gifts for... Continue reading
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A toxic weedkiller linked to cancer was detected in every sample of oat-based cereals and snack products in a new round of tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group. All but four of the 21 products contained levels of glyphosate,... Continue reading
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U.S. Department of Education data show that nearly a quarter of the more than 43 million federal student loan borrowers are in trouble with their loan payments. These borrowers need high-quality, timely assistance, but, unfortunately, the student loan servicing industry... Continue reading
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Consumer knowledge about credit scores is at the lowest level in the past eight years, according to the ninth annual credit score survey released Monday by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions. On most questions, correct scores declined... Continue reading
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What’s a boomer style summer look like? Summer boomer style looks like any other season – with thoughts and activities both practical and deep. This week’s articles include: The dilemma older adults face on whether to dye their hair. How... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Apple is recalling about 814,000 three-prong wall adapters included in Apple AC World Travel Adapter Kits in the United States and about 81,000 in Canada. Apple has received six reports from other countries of wall plug adapters breaking and consumers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent four warning letters Friday to firms that make and market flavored e-liquid products that are used in vaping. The letters cite postings by influencers on social media sites... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Princess Cruise Lines and its parent, Carnival Cruise Lines, were ordered to pay a $20 million criminal penalty Monday and will be under more supervision after admitting to violations of its probation related to dumping waste into the ocean. Princess... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Auto lenders are taking advantage of Americans who need their cars to go to work or school and for shopping, trapping them into car loans with high interest rates and inflated costs, according to U.S. PIRG, a public interest organization.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Every month as part of my Comcast TV package, I pay Comcast $10 for sports programs that I never watch. That’s $120 a year. It’s so irritating. Most of the 3,480 Americans who wrote to Consumer Reports over the past... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, although it officially begins June 21. When the weather is good, people enjoy barbecues, picnics with family and friends, outdoor fun at home, and travels elsewhere. For Memorial Day, I was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Target is recalling about 90,000 heyday 3-foot lightning USB charging cables. The metal around the cord can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging, posing shock and fire hazards. Target has received 14... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Fifty-one attorneys general are urging the U.S. Department of Education to forgive the student loans of veterans who are permanently disabled due to their military service. The bipartisan coalition issued a letter Friday. Last year, the department identified more than... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Recently, when I visited Madrid, my granddaughter called her mom and asked her if the dishes in the dishwasher were clean or dirty. I laughed, but then I thought that the question must be one of the most popular questions... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Most top officials at the Federal Trade Commission become lawyers and lobbyists for major technology companies after they leave the agency or bring Silicon Valley conflicts with them when they arrive, a Public Citizen report found. The report shows that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The hot topic among Baby Boomer bloggers this week is health, both the physical and mental kind. Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty reports on the articles, which are better, he says, than a topic he just wrote about called... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Three years after the Civil War ended on May 5, 1868, a Union veterans’ organization leader established Decoration Day on May 30. It was a time to decorate graves of the war dead with flowers. In many places, tributes to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Knape & Vogt is recalling about 76,000 sit-stand office workstations. The workstation can malfunction, causing the gas cylinders to separate and forcefully discharge, posing an injury hazard. Knape & Vogt has received two reports of the gas cylinder separating from... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Nearly 43 million Americans will be taking a Memorial Day weekend trip. The unofficial start of the summer vacation season, Memorial Day will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000, with the... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Memorial Day is one of the best holidays for shopping. What’s for sale Most retailers are offering Memorial Day savings. You’re likely to find bargains on patio furniture, clothing, shoes, mattresses, travel, home items, baby items, auto parts, furniture, and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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With the Trump administration proposing to reduce federal oversight of mortgage lending, perhaps the most obvious lesson from the 2008 financial crisis, the need for stricter supervision of mortgage lending, has been lost, the New York Times editorial board said... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide