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Water-Damaged Cars Flood a Market Near You

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Random|

After most major floods, damaged cars are cleaned up and taken out of state for sale, says the Federal Trade Commission. That means even if you live far from the damage, these once-water logged vehicles could wind up Half of flood damaged cars will be for sale in an out-of-state market. in your market. [...]

Cut Labor Day Travel Costs

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Happiness & Money|

Brett Graff, THE HOME ECONOMIST, talks about cutting Labor Day travel costs on NEWS 8's LET'S TALK LIVE in Washington DC. This week, the Washington DC show LET'S TALK LIVE on NEWS 8 invited The Home Economist Brett Graff to discuss tips for saving money on Labor Day travel. You can watch the full [...]

Dieters Deceived By This Guy to Get Their Money Back

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Food & Money|

If you bought Kevin Trudeau's book, "The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You To Know About," make sure to get your refund. The government is returning $6.3 million to people who purchased the this weight loss guide, saying it's filled with lies. The problem, says the government, was that in informercials and ads, Trudeau said his weight loss [...]

This Spice Can Cause Brain Damage in Kids, Babies

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: Food & Money|

At least five brands of ground turmeric powder contain excessive levels of lead, which can accumulate in the body and cause health problems such as mental delays and developmental issues that are particularly harmful for pregnant women, babies and children, says the Food and Drug Administration. The lead was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ [...]

The Truth About Zika Protection Products

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Health & Money|

The Zika virus is scary but companies falsely claiming their products can repel the infected insects are enough to make us really sick. Many of the wristbands, stickers and patches that seem to magically send away mosquitos are likely  untested, says the Federal Trade Commission, particularly when they claim to prevent Zika or other mosquito borne illness. The government sent letters to ten companies yesterday [...]

These “All Natural” Lotions Are Lying

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: Health & Money|

The "All Natural" claims of four companies are actually man-made -- as the products themselves are full of synthetics, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The companies settled the claims today and are supposed to stop tricking us but a quick search on-line proves this could take some time. So this summer, when wanting to lather up with lotions made [...]

Shadow of Mordor: Fake Reviews for Real Money

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU|

Parents who find the Shadow of Mordor in your kid's video game consoles can prepare to be angry. (And good news, not at your kid!) Rather - for this moment, anyway - you can direct your scorn to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which paid important YouTube influencers - most likely the same influencers your kid turned to when deciding [...]

This Baby Medicine Contains Lead

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money, Recalls and Scams|

Bentonite Me Baby - a medicinal clay babies could ingest - was found to contain dangerous levels of lead.   Bentonite Me Baby - a clay that was supposed to be safe for our babies to ingest and wear on their skin - was found to contain dangerous levels of lead, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In [...]

Reverse of the Rising Cell Phone Bill

By | February 18th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

Cell phone bills are on the rise, but here's how to shrink them. It's not clear whether we needed our nation's top economists studying this issue, but a new government report proves what most of us can surmise after glancing over at our kids: cell phone spending has drastically increased over the past seven years. We managed [...]

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Other People & Money|

Your kid may be cute and mean, but law school is expensive and may not reap the highest paying returns. In today's installment of "Expensive Educational Investments to Carefully Consider" we highlight the returns of law school. Everyone knows that lawyers are cool and get to wear suits and are paid to be mean to other people [...]