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20 01, 2015

Get Your Taxes Prepared for Free

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00January 20th, 2015|Blog|

Did you know that AARP does NOT limit their services to people who are over 50? They will prepare individual tax returns for anyone who shows up with their paperwork, regardless of age or income. There are some limitations based on complexity of the return, e.g. a sole proprietor can get a return done if s/he has no employees, but an incorporated business cannot. Please pass on this information to your clients! http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

21 10, 2014

Major Auto Manufacturers Recall Airbags that Launch Shrapnel Into Vehicles

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00October 21st, 2014|Blog|

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and BMW are all part of a recall regarding airbags. Seems under humidity and heat, these airbags not only deploy, but canisters at the center explode launching pieces of metal, like shrapnel into the vehicle. 4 fatalities and numerous injuries have been reported. Read this article through ABC7 News for more information. http://7online.com/news/car-owners-urged-to-take-immediate-action-over-airbags/358606/

3 09, 2014

Clark Howard Scoops, Comments Dish on New Cell Plans from Big 3

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00September 3rd, 2014|Blog|

Clark Howard, consumer-centric radio host, reported yesterday newly announced plans from Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. The new plans advertise major savings for the consumer, however, comments on the blog give you the next layer of info, which are true and which are scams. ClarkHoward.com breaks down the new advertised plans, rates and the breakdown of how some of these plans will only dig deeper into the pockets of Data Hogs. Know they usage. But the real story is in the comments section. The Sprint Family Plan advertises 10 lines and 20G of [...]

8 08, 2014

What fish is OK to eat?

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00August 8th, 2014|Blog|

Exposure to toxins—like the well-reported mercury in tuna—is as prevalent in some fish, as well as antibiotics (some of which have been banned in the United States), pesticides, and PCBs. Those are all before the natural contaminants of parasites and E coli found in some farm fisheries. The nonprofit, Food and Water Watch, looked at all the varieties of fish, how species are farmed, levels of toxic contaminants like mercury or PCBs in the fish, Here are recommended fish that all of us should avoid, no matter what, and some [...]

5 08, 2014

AT&T and T-Mobile Charged with Over-Charging Customers

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00August 5th, 2014|Blog|

Well this scandal went right under our noses! Back in March, a Washington Post reporter did an undercover investigation to see if T-Mobile and AT&T were overcharging customers for prepaid plans. He found that customers were being charged for minutes even after ending phone calls! Makes it hard to create a workable phone budget! Be sure to check your bill. Time your calls and don’t back down when discussing improprieties with your representative. Get the full story here.

29 07, 2014

Scam-free Internet Business Opportunities | VA Consumer News

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00July 29th, 2014|Blog|

Online business scams are as old as the Internet. Think you can make thousands online taking surveys? Think again. Scamxposers.com offers a full list of actual online businesses that do what they say. These businesses actually make money for the people who work with them. These businesses do not ask you to pay up front and fail to deliver income after. These vetted businesses offer everything from actual profitable affiliate marketing programs to online tutorials from successful bloggers on how to make money blogging- with step by step instructions. Ready [...]

10 07, 2014

Consumer Reports Slams Nutri Bullet 900 Pro Blender

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00July 10th, 2014|Blog|

Today I read a Consumer Reports like no other. Consumer Reports slams the blender maker of the Nutri Bullet Pro 900. The report first pointed to the failed durability test. When the Nutri Bullet 900 was used to crush 4 large ice cubes a bit of the blade broke off. This happened with the backup blade as well. The chip of the blade was small enough to be ingested and cause serious damage. The very polite jabs from Consumer Reports came after contacting the company and getting back a reply [...]

19 06, 2014

Dr. Oz Miracle Diet Supplements Too Good to Be True

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00June 19th, 2014|Blog|

Oprah Winfrey dubbed Dr. Oz “America’s Doctor.” well, “America’s Doctor” just appeared before a Senate Hearing Committee to discuss his endorsements of diet supplements and their supposed “miraculous” benefits. And what came out will shock you. It seems there is a Dr. oz effect. Apparently, once Dr. oz discusses a new miraculous (and yet scientifically unresearched) diet supplement, scammers come out of the woodwork offering the supplements and raking in the money. We Americans trust “America’s Doctor” and his opinions. But according to Dr. oz himself, these miraculous results are [...]

12 06, 2014

Get Cash For Your Old Cell, Tablet & Apple Laptops

By |2018-03-30T17:35:09+00:00June 12th, 2014|Blog|

Need a few extra bucks this summer? That’s nothing a little house cleaning can’t help. Grab those old cell phones, tablets, iPads, and Apple laptops because–whether they’re working or not–they’re worth cash! Gazelle.com offers fixed prices for working equipment. Enter the gadget information (model, operating system, memory) and condition. Gazelle will give you an immediate quote that is good for the next 30 days. Then send your device to receive a check in one week. iPhones get a great return rate ($310 quote for an iPhone 5), unless they are too old. [...]

29 05, 2014

If You Get What You Pay For, Our Elders Are Screwed

By |2018-03-30T17:35:10+00:00May 29th, 2014|Blog|

Our elders—grandparents, aging parents–require assistance with daily living activities, after a certain threshold. Even the most active seniors will, if the live long enough, reach an age where they require help dressing, showering, cooking, cleaning and depending on health, possibly even diaper changes. Though some dedicated and loving kids do all of this caregiving alone (not easy.) Most require a Home Care Assistant to help them on a regular basis. Even with such help, the amount of work left for the “kids” to do is fairly time consuming. But the [...]