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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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After another death of a young child in a residential elevator, the CPSC Tuesday asked vacation rental platforms, AirBnB, Vrbo, and others, to take steps immediately to protect consumers. Small children can be crushed to death in a gap that may exist between the doors. Continue reading
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What can we as consumers do about the future of food and agriculture systems? There’s no one answer, no one starting point, and certainly no one silver-bullet solution, said Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank, a think tank on food. Continue reading
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint Tuesday against Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer, to force Amazon to accept responsibility for recalling potentially hazardous products sold on its website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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My garden is in near full production. This year is a good year for zucchini. In fact, I’ll need help in a few days getting them eaten. It’s exciting. Some years, the zucchinis don’t produce. There’s Swiss chard, kale, and collards. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Two Florida companies and their CEO will be barred from offering payment-processing services to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they aided a criminal student debt relief scam that bilked $62 million from thousands of students and their families. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Gramr is recalling about 92,135 brushed gold tea kettles in the U.S. and about 12,865 in Canada. The kettles can expel hot water and/or excessive steam, posing a burn hazard. Gramr has received 122 reports of the kettles expelling hot water and/or steam, including 18 reports of minor burn injuries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday on promoting competition in the American economy. It launches a government effort to combat growing market power in the U.S. economy by seeking to ensure that markets are competitive. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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“Scams target people of all ages, but the most vulnerable tend to be older adults—and the money they lose can have a big impact on their retirement.” The National Council on Aging reports that seniors lose an estimated $3 billion to financial scams, which is the worst possible time in... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 7, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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What are your plans for the Fourth? A barbecue with family and friends? A hike? A movie? A parade? Fireworks? Here’s what Americans are up on Independence Day this year: Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The United States of America is celebrating its 246th birthday on the Fourth of July this year. The USA became a nation when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Although celebrations were subdued last year due to the covid-19 pandemic, more people can gather together this year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Justin Schorr, a firefighter with decades of experience, advises parents to skip fireworks this year and every year. About 10,000 people annually go to an emergency room for fireworks-related injuries and burns, and about a dozen people die using them, according the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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We’re having a heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest. Monday it’s going to be 110 degrees, an all-time record. I wrote about how to avoid heat-related illness. I learned a couple of things: a fan won’t prevent heat-related illness while a cool shower will cool you down. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Summer is a great time for a road trip. While travel was limited last year due to the covid-19 pandemic, many states are opening up now. This summer, more than two-thirds of Americans plan to take a vacation, and 59 percent say they are more likely to drive than fly. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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I’m not a big fan of Amazon Prime. I joined because I thought I’d get to see a lot of recent, top-rated movies for free. I analyze the Academy Award nominated movies and thought I could save money and time watching movies on my computer. It didn’t work out. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Trek Bicycle is recalling about 316,500 Bontrager Satellite City Bicycle Pedals in the United States and about 28,650 in Canada. If the recalled pedals are incorrectly installed by the retailer during assembly, they can fall off the crank arm of the bicycle, posing fall and injury hazards to the rider. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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It’s a nice day here in the Seattle area, so that’s good for people having picnics or barbecues on Father’s Day. If you’re having lunch or dinner out, I hope you find a restaurant that works well for you as the pandemic continues to wind down. What did you get your dad for a Father’s Day present? Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Thursday. It establishes a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, a combination of June and nineteen, is already a holiday in seven states. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Although Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1914, Father’s Day didn’t become an official holiday until 1966. The idea for Father's Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, who was raised by her father after her mother's death during childbirth. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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People are starting to travel again, and they’re finding problems getting rental cars. With rental car availability at an all-time low, prices are very high. So, if you suddenly find an available car at a cheap price, you might be dealing with scammers looking make money on the rental car shortage. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Every year, June 15 is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The purpose of Elder Abuse Day is to raise awareness to the abuse and neglect experienced by elderly people around the world through cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Klein Tools is recalling about 1,690,000 non-contact voltage testers in the U.S. and 67,800 in Canada. The on/off button can remain depressed during the power on or power off cycle. Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned about live voltage, posing a shock hazard to the users. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Credit card debt will likely increase by about $60 billion during 2021, even after a $56.5 billion first-quarter reduction in 2021. People trying to get rid of credit card debt should consider spending and repayment. A budget that cuts out luxuries and maximizes monthly debt payments will help. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Manufactured housing, one of the most affordable types of housing available to low-income consumers, makes up 13 percent of the housing stock in small towns and rural America. However, the lower cost of buying a manufactured home often comes with higher interest rates and limited opportunity to refinance. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Fisher-Price is recalling about 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders. About 25,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold in Canada. Infants placed unrestrained in the product who turn on their stomach can suffocate. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved a new rule Wednesday to regulate products sold for infant sleep for babies under 5 months old. Beginning in mid-2022, any product sold for infant sleep is required meet a federal safety standard. The new rule doesn’t include swings and car seats. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide