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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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National Consumer Protection Week is a time to understand your consumer rights and take a look at whether you’re making well-informed decisions about money. Here are some activities and resources offered by the Federal Trade Commission for National Consumer Protection Week or NCPW: Continue reading
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NZXT is recalling about 32,000 H1 computer cases in the United States and about 1,024 in Canada. Metal screws that attach the PCIe riser assembly to the chassis can cause a short in the printed circuit board and overheating, posing a fire hazard due to the circuit board’s design. Continue reading
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“Beneficiary designations, tying up loose ends, reporting last wishes — here’s what you can do now.” The COVID pandemic has become a painful lesson in how important it is to have estate plans in order, especially when a spouse becomes sick, incapacitated, or dies unexpectedly. With more than 400,000 Americans... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Like many people during covid-19 times, you may have seen your income drop. Taking a look at what you’re getting and what you’re spending, can help you make changes to help you through the tough times. Reviewing your expenses and income can help you identify expenses you may be able to cut. Continue reading
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Consumer Reports is launching Green Choice, an initiative to make information about auto emissions more accessible to consumers. It will use a green leaf icon to designate cars and trucks in its ratings that produce among the lowest amount of greenhouse gases and smog-forming emissions. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Winter can bring Arctic blasts, burst pipes, power outages, and icicles. When the weather turns cold, and especially when big storms occur, scammers aren’t far behind. Scammers know severe weather may shut off your electricity, heat, and water, and they might pose as your utility company. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Jimco Lamps is recalling about 99,000 J Hunt Home and J Hunt and Co. Accent Tables With Charging Receptacles in the U.S. and about 11,000 in Canada. The charging receptacles and/or USB ports in the tables can have an electrical issue resulting in reverse polarity. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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As huge winter storms continue to rage across the U.S., millions of consumers are without power in dangerously low temperatures. If you use portable generators or other combustion devices for power and heat, you're at increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Financial coaches can help people address concerns by assisting them in defining their own personal financial goals as well as the steps they need to take to meet their goals. Financial coaches usually meet with clients one-on-one to help them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Presidents Day celebrates the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Washington’s birthday was Feb. 22 and Lincoln’s was on Feb. 12. Presidents Day is a good time to look at this country and it’s government. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Edsal Manufacturing is recalling about 2.2 million Muscle Rack Heavy Duty Steel Shelving Units. The shelves can fail to support the 800-pound weight load. Edsal has received seven reports of shelves bending or breaking, including one injury. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Although half of U.S. adults plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, less than one-quarter of them plan to go out for dinner, down from previous years. However, a survey reported that 41 percent said they’d plan a special dinner or celebration at home. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Just over half of U.S. adults plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, spending a total of $21.8 billion. Nearly three-quarters of consumers celebrating Valentine’s Day say the pandemic will directly impact their plans for the holiday. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Cybex International Inc. has agreed to pay a $7.95 million penalty to resolve charges that it failed to immediately report to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that the Arm Curl and Smith Press machines had a risk of serious injury. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Drivers with less education and lower-paying jobs may end up paying more for auto insurance compared to consumers with identical driving records who have advanced degrees or job titles that come with higher pay. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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On Saturday, I received a call from a friend to remind that nine glowing monoliths would be displayed in a local park after dark. She thought I might want to go and take photos. Glowhenge is an art project created by Dave Sederberg owner of Pacific Stage. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Victory Innovations and Protexus Electrostatic Sprayers are recalling about 405,000 electrostatic sprayers with lithium-ion batteries packs in the U.S. and about 27,000 in Canada. The sprayer’s rechargeable battery pack can overheat and melt. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Fraudsters were busy in 2020. The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.2 million complaints about fraud, with people reporting they lost nearly $3.3 billion. The top fraud of 2020 was imposter scams. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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It’s been a difficult week. I’ve been struggling to get 1,400 photos off my Samsung phone onto my Apple desktop or my laptop. My phone was nearly full, so I wasn’t able to take more photos and videos. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Two places to compare prices for Valentine's Day chocolates are Target and Macy's, according to DealNews. For reduced prices on Godiva chocolates, check their website often because the prices change frequently. Be sure to shop early, too. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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CB2 is recalling about 11,000 Junction Tall Chests and Low Dressers in the United States and about 355 in Canada. CB2 has received 10 reports of incidents, including five reports of the Tall Chest and five reports of the Low Dresser tipping forward when the tip-over kit wasn’t in use. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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What should you expect from Valentine’s Day sales for 2021? The sales have already started, so shop early. Shopping early means you’ll not only have a better selection, but you’ll also save on shipping. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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Only one-quarter of consumers surveyed know that funeral homes are required to provide price quotes over the phone and an itemized price list at the funeral home. Only 5 percent of consumers are aware that funeral homes are required to accept a casket provided by the bereaved without charging a handling fee. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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“Drafting a last will and testament can help to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. You can also use your will to name a legal guardian for minor children or choose an executor for your estate.” The executor of a last will... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 26, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
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It’s nice to not have a president who spews hate and calls people names on Twitter every day. It’s also nice that he’s not sitting in the oval office signing harmful executive orders and causing other trouble. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide