December 2012

Painting Over the Truth

Thinking about a new look for your home in the new year? Maybe you’re planning to use a tax refund to finally redo a few rooms?

Blog Topics: 
Homes & Mortgages

In the Wake of a Tragedy, Make Sure Donations Count

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, many people are looking for a way to help, like making a donation to a charity or fund.

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Money & Credit

The Hide and Seek Game of Investing in Precious Metals

Investing in gold and silver may sound like a safe, low-risk way to make big money. But hidden fees, as well as a dealer’s failure to reveal how risky this type of investment really is, could cost you dearly.

Blog Topics: 
Jobs & Making Money

Kids' Online Privacy: The Next Generation

It’s no secret that kids take to the Internet like — hmm, ducks to water.

It’s also no secret that parents are concerned about their kids’ privacy online.

Blog Topics: 
Privacy & Identity

Did You Hear It Through the Grapevine?

Searching for a hot holiday gift? In the market for the perfect pump to wear to a special party? Scouring sites and blogs to find a deal? Online shopping is convenient, but how do you know which reviews to trust? 

If you’ve got a minute, here’s a video about how to read those reviews and recommendations you’re seeing on the screen.   
Online Reviews and Recommendations

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Money & Credit

Happy Holiday Shopping

Still doing your holiday shopping? Many of us are. Whether you’re shopping online, by phone, or in stores, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has a gift for you – a dozen dynamic holiday shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

Welcome to the FTC’s Home for Consumer Information

Looking for consumer resources from the FTC? They're at consumer.ftc.gov, a new URL for information from the nation's consumer protection agency.

6 Timely Tips for Using Apps with Kids

Steering Clear of a Storm-Damaged Car

Snuffing Undisclosed History Sniffing