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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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It’s happened twice now. When ordering shampoo and lotion from Amazon, the companies have substituted a different product for what I ordered. One was I could tell was the cap wasn’t on tight. The first case was lotion I ordered that was supposed to be the brand Magick. Continue reading
Posted 26 minutes ago at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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For more than a decade or two, I’ve been a Verizon customer. While its service has been fine, Verizon hasn’t been willing to offer me a deal on a new iPhone. I did research and decided an iPhone 12 would better meet my needs. Continue reading
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A friend wrote on Facebook that today is World Elephant Day. She works for the San Diego Zoo, and she posted photos from her first visit to Africa in 1988. She and her group were canoeing on the Zambezi River, following bull elephants along the shore. Continue reading
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Every year, consumer agencies and groups report on the top consumer complaints of the previous year. Often, auto complaints top the lists. That’s the result being reported by the Consumer Federation of America. Auto sales and repairs are the No. 1 category of complaints made to local and state consumer agencies in 2021. Continue reading
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DeWALT is recalling about 1,364,000 12-inch Sliding Compound miter saws in the United States and about 118,600 in Canada. The miter saw’s rear safety guard can break or detach, posing an injury risk due to projectiles that can strike the user and bystanders and a laceration risk to the user. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Today, the first Sunday of August, is National Friends Day. I’m very thankful for my friends and the support and joy they bring in my life. Some of your relatives may be pleasant and supportive. However, they may live far away. Other relatives may not like you no matter what you do. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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It’s so frustrating. The covid-19 level is high now in the county where I live. Yet, most people aren’t wearing masks indoors. When governors and health officials dropped mandatory mask requirements, they said when covid levels rise to “High” in a county, masks should be worn indoors again. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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As the Senate considers the Inflation Reduction Act, corporations that have profiteered throughout the pandemic are getting worried that they may have to pay their fair share in taxes, a corporate watchdog group Accountable.US said in its weekly newsletter. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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August marks the beginning of the end of summer, as well as a new school year. While it may seem like it’s only a good time to buy pencils, notebooks, and backpacks, August is much more than back to school sales. It brings tax free shopping, deals on summer clothing, garden tools, and much more. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The TJX Companies Inc. has agreed to pay a $13 million civil penalty for selling recalled consumer products, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported Tuesday. It also agreed to maintain a compliance program to ensure that recalled products won’t be sold in the future. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Opendoor promised consumers they’d make more money selling a home to them than they’d make on the open market. However, that wasn’t the reality, according to the FTC. Opendoor promoted itself as tech company that uses its pricing technology to offer more accurate offers and lower costs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Black Diamond is recalling about 76,300 avalanche transceivers in the United States and about 21,300 in Canada. Pieps DSP Sport, DSP Pro, and DSP Pro Ice avalanche transceivers were previously recalled on April 12, 2021. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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I haven’t been eating out during the pandemic. However, since my daughter and her family are visiting from Spain, I said I would go out to eat if we could eat outside. What struck me during the few meals we’ve had at restaurants is that they continue to serve such large portions. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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T-Mobile has entered into an agreement to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit on claims related to a 2021 cyberattack involving unauthorized access to the company’s systems, the company reported in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Hyundai Capital America is being fined for repeatedly providing inaccurate information to credit reporting companies and failing to address inaccurate information when it was identified between 2016 and 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Tuesday. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Vichy Laboratoires is recalling about 206,200 LiftActiv Peptide-C anti-aging vials. The glass packaging of the small, sealed vials can weaken over time and break when opened, posing a risk of cuts to the fingers and hands. The firm has received 35 reports of injuries Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching an initiative to improve the customer service experience at big banks. The bureau wants to hear from consumers and businesses about their experiences dealing with customer service at their bank or credit union – both the good and the bad. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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About a decade ago, I bought an impulse item – a container of raspberries – at my local food co-op. I got lucky and the container of plants turned into a raspberry patch. For many years, I’ve gotten 20 or more pints of raspberries every season. Here’s my method for freezing raspberries: Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about the risk of battery fires with King Song electric unicycles. It urges consumers to stop using the unicycles with model number KS-16S immediately and dispose of them at a recycling facility or household hazardous waste collection point. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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One thing I’ve noticed about being an older adult is that you lose friends and relatives, and the older you get, the more often people your age pass away. Last week, my former husband died. At the left is our wedding photo. Divorced in 1986, we were married for 23 years and had two daughters. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Bank of America will pay $250 million for botching the disbursement of state unemployment benefits at pandemic's height. The bank froze people’s accounts with a faulty fraud detection program, and then gave them little recourse when there was no fraud, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Refunds are still available to consumers who were tricked into wiring money to scammers through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. The deadline to file a claim has been extended. If you haven’t file a claim for a refund yet, you now have until Aug. 31 to file. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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SunVilla Corp. is recalling about 400,000 10-foot Solar LED Market umbrellas in the United States and about 33,000 in Canada. The lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella’s solar panels can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The firm has received six reports of the lithium-ion batteries overheating. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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In 2022 so far, 194 off-highway-vehicle or OHV deaths have occurred, according to the Consumer Federation of America. OHVs are all-terrain vehicles or ATVs, recreational off-highway vehicles or ROVs, and utility task vehicles or UTVs. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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When a consumer product goes bad – whether it’s a motor vehicle, home appliance, or something else – and it’s under warranty, you may want to take it to where you purchased it for repair. Or, you may choose an independent repair shop or a do-it-yourself solution. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2022 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide