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Home Economist is Featured Speaker at JP Morgan Event

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Random|

Prominent financial advisor Darren Graff hosted a group of New York’s most prestigious personalities for a Laurent Tourondel and Darren Graff discussion about overspending and kids. Led by The Home Economist, nationally syndicated columnist and author of the new book, NOT BUYING IT: STOP OVERSPENDING AND START RAISING HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, MORE SUCCESSFUL KIDS, guests [...]

5 Best Back-to-School Apps

By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Working Moms & Money|

They call you "mom" but this job also makes you "Director of Operations." It's on your shoulders to orchestrate two, perhaps three, maybe four (if your number is "five" presumably you have no time for reading blog posts) ever-changing, schedules -- all while insuring everyone is fed. As parenting gets Brett Graff THE HOME ECONOMIST discusses back to school apps on "GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON DC" ABC7. more complicated, app-makers [...]

Little Bites Can Choke Children: RECALL

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Random|

A host of Little Bites treats are being recalled because many were baked with small plastic pieces that could choke child snackers. A manufacturing failure at the plant caused the plastic to be mixed in to Little Bites Fudge Brownies and Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins. If you bought the following muffins in the past two weeks, [...]

VW “Buyback” Could COST You Money

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Life in Numbers|

Be careful when considering an offer made by a car-maker to "buyback" your VW or Audi 2.0 liter diesel car, The VW "Buybacks" could be deceptive, says the federal government. warns the Federal Trade Commission. Even the term "buyback" - which isn't typical car trade-in language -- is deceptive, says the FTC. That's because selling car [...]

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 [...]