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Worried about who's looking at your credit card information? Good advice from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau..
 
posted Sep 9, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

Lots of people are thinking about it.
Can You Afford to Retire? Helpful advice and the answers to some of your questions.
 
posted Sep 9, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

Defend Your Online Data
With the latest cyber-criminals hacking over one billion passwords, safeguard your online data with these common sense steps.
 
posted Aug 6, 2014 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

If you're looking for a trusted home improvement professional...
...HomeAdvisor.com can help you. Lawn care, painting, plumbing, cleaning, swimming pool maintenance, remodeling, deck repair, driveways are just a few of the areas HomeAdvisor covers. They'll search in your zip code and get quotes from reliable contractors. Previous customer reviews.
 
posted Jul 1, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

Search Consumer Reports online
Browse and search the latest issues of Consumer Reports magazine. Through the Library's subscription you can access full text pdf files of articles and ratings reports.
 
posted Jun 5, 2014 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Spring housecleaning?
...and you want to get rid of stuff from home? From work?
Green Guardian can help you find a safe way to get rid of everything from cleaning products to electronic equipment and a lot more.
 
posted May 5, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

Last minute tax tips
Here are some last minute tax tips from the Wall Street Journal, and from Ernst & Young: "50 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions".
 
posted Apr 8, 2014 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Like being tracked when you go online? No?
Your online searches don't go away when you're finish. Records of your searches can go back years. For search anonymity, try duckduckgo.
 
posted Feb 28, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

Consumer Reports' Health Law Helper
According to surveys, 51% of Americans are confused about how the new Affordable Care law affects them. Consumer Reports' Health Law Helper, hopes to alleviate that confusion. You'll put in some basic (and confidential) information about your family size, income range, citizenship status, the state you live in, and where you get your insurance now (or not, as the case may be).You'll get back a personalized list of options based on your particular situation.
 
posted Feb 5, 2014 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

What light bulbs to buy?
Xcel Energy's site - Flip the Switch on Better Lighting Ideas - can help you find the best choice for your purpose.
 
posted Jan 2, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

Charity Navigator
In the aftermath of mega-disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, research charitable donations with Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that evaluates nearly 7,000 charities with a zero-to-four star rating scale in a variety of categories, including transparency, accountability and the amount of money spent on actual programs.
 
posted Dec 1, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

If you haven't done this yet...
There's still time to get a free annual credit report from each of the three reporting agencies. AnnualCreditReport.com is the place to start.
 
posted Nov 4, 2013 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

MNsure now open
Get help using MNsure, the new central marketplace where Minnesota individuals, families and small employers can get quality, affordable health insurance and access tax credits or assistance to help pay for coverage.
 
posted Oct 2, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Scams are nothing new.
But now Social Security, Medicare and supplemental insurance beneficiaries across the country report getting calls claiming beneficiary files need to be updated. The Minnesota Attorney General's office has advice for how to handle these fraudulent calls.
 
posted Sep 3, 2013 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

PCs for People
PCs for People is a driving force behind Minnesota's attempt to provide home computer access to those in need. Other resources offer low cost internet for those who qualify. See also Free Geek Twin Cities for volunteer opportunities refurbishing computers.
 
posted Aug 3, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Electronic waste is growing.
Televisions, computers, cell phones, mobile phones, and more can be refurbished and donated to have a second life. Check out
E-cycling Central for more information.
 
posted Jul 1, 2013 by Mary B Category: Consumer Information

Search Consumer Reports online
Browse and search the latest issues of Consumer Reports magazine. Through the Library's subscription you can access full text pdf files of articles and ratings reports.
 
posted Jun 2, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Tax-Related Identity Theft
With tax season upon us, protect your refund from identity theft with these tips from the FTC and the IRS.
 
posted Apr 2, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Having work done on your home?
You can check out a business or company with the Better Business Bureau serving Minnesota and North Dakota.
 
posted Mar 2, 2013 by mary b Category: Consumer Information

Consumers’ CHECKBOOK database
Consumers’ CHECKBOOK evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. Includes articles with buying advice. Available only on library workstations.
 
posted Feb 1, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Getting bombarded with unwanted phone solicitations?
Here's what you should know about the National Do Not Call Registry.
 
posted Jan 2, 2013 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information


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