Home Renters Dinged on Car Insurance

May 4, 2016

Good drivers pay more for auto insurance if they rent, rather than own, their home, according to new research by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” renter Autumn Yoakum said.  “There’s no difference between me and a homeowner besides a mortgage.”

Said renter Karim Maghaaoui: “If you’re a good driver, your insurance should be lower.”

The average increase in 10 states surveyed showed renters were charged 7 percent more for their premiums, an average of $112 a year.

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How to Improve Your Chances of Winning Scratch Off Lottery Games

April 23, 2014

By Angie Moreschi

There’s no doubt scratch off lottery games are big business. In 2013, the Florida Lottery sold more than $3 billion dollars in scratch off tickets.  The top prizes often range from $5000 to several million. The urge to win big is often irresistible for folks going to fill up their tank at the gas station or pick up a gallon of milk at the grocery.

“Winning money’s always fun!” laughed Melissa Rager, who says she loves the instant thrill of getting a winner.

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Does Writing “See ID” on Your Credit Card Protect You?

April 17, 2014

We all need to take precautions these days to protect ourselves against identity theft, especially when it comes to your credit card. You may have heard that writing “See ID” on the back of your card, instead of signing it, is a way to protect yourself, because it encourages a cashier to check another form of identification. Well, Asa Aarons, with CreditCards.com, says not so fast. Click here to see his report on why writing “See ID” is not such a good idea.

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What’s the Best Way to Do Your Taxes?

March 21, 2014

By Angie Moreschi

Doing it Yourself vs. Hiring a Professional

Tax time is fast approaching, so if you haven’t already buckled down to get it done, time is running out.  The good news is doing your own taxes is easier than ever.  However, depending on your circumstances, that’s not always the best idea.  So, when should you do it yourself versus taking it to a professional?  Let’s break it down:

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Comparing Flower Delivery Companies

February 7, 2014

It’s that time of year again, to let your loved one know just how special they are.  So, with Valentine’s Day almost upon us, many of you are thinking of sending flowers, but don’t do it until you watch our “Flower Comparison” story.  It shows you how the most popular flower vendors compare.   Click here to watch.

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Best Exercise Machines to Get In Shape for 2014

January 2, 2014

We’ve all had our share of cookies and chocolate over the holidays. Now it’s time to kick into gear your New Year’s resolution to get into shape.  Whether you’re looking for a treadmill, elliptical or spinning bike, Consumer Reports put exercise machines to the test.  Click here for a report by KDKA TV in Pittsburgh, on the best rated devices to help you slim down for 2014.

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Watch Out for Holiday Scams

November 26, 2013

Picture courtesy itbusinessedge.com

The holidays are here and that means lots of food, fun, good cheer and— SCAMS! Consumer groups are warning you to be on the look-out for some popular new ways crooks are ripping people off.  NBC News Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen talks about three new scams being  ramped up for the holiday shopping season.  Click here to watch.

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Suggestive ‘Selfies’ Nabbed & Posted on Porn Sites

November 20, 2013

Teens who’ve taken nude or semi-nude “selfies” and posted them or sent them to a friend are finding those pictures can come back to haunt them.  An investigation by the CBS station in Orlando has learned teenage girls are discovering long-forgotten, revealing pictures of themselves on porn sites.

WKMG Investigative Reporter Mike Holfeld tells this tale of caution for all parents and teens. Click here to watch the report.

 

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Drug Company Whistleblower Exposes Serious Problems at Plant that Makes Generics

November 6, 2013

A drug company whistleblower who exposed serious problems at the company that makes popular drugs used in the United States is telling his story to CBS News.  Kinesh Thakur worked for major, drug manufacturer Ranbaxy which made generic versions of drugs like Lipitor and antibiotics at plants in India.  He revealed disturbing problems with data the company was required to provide to the FDA to show the effectiveness of the drugs it produced.  It’s a cautionary tale for all Americans, particularly when you consider that 80-percent of all drugs prescribed in the U.S. are generics.  Click here to watch this report by CBS News Correspondent John Miller.

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Taxpayers are Paying for For-Profit Colleges

September 20, 2013

If there’s one thing all taxpayers want it’s value for their money, but there’s a big question about whether we’re actually getting it with for-profit colleges.

Many have been accused of predatory recruiting practices, providing substandard education and even falsifying job placement data.

But still, the U.S. government provides a whopping $30 billion a year in federal financial aid dollars to these schools.  It makes up nearly 90-percent of their total revenue. So why are we paying for it?

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