KEEPING SCORE

  Consumers Corner # 11 These big numbers can affect your life By Jim Murphy Here are some quick facts and figures that can make a big difference in your daily life. Read on, then let me know what you think. 27% That’s the percent of 45-to-65-year olds surveyed by ipsos/USA Today

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LIVING LONGER

Consumers’ Corner # 10 HOW HELPING OTHERS HELPS YOU, TOO! The magical benefits of volunteering By Jim Murphy If you feel there’s more to life than the way you are living it right now – you’re probably right. But here’s the good news. An easy way to get out of your

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ALARMING NEWS

Consumers’ Corner # 9 25% to 30% of home smoke detectors aren’t working  BY JIM MURPHY One of the easiest and best ways to protect your family against fire is to have smoke detectors in your home. Fortunately, 90% of homes in the US. now have at least one smoke

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AIRLINE AGGRAVATIONS

Consumers’ Corner # 8 New “basic economy” fare lowers cost and convenience BY JIM MURPHY Making airline reservations after March 1? Then be sure you understand the new “basic economy” fares Delta, United and American Airlines are offering. Otherwise, your trip could turn out to be a real bummer, one that’s

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CAR RENTAL RIPOFFS

Consumers’ Corner # 7 How to avoid costly car rental surprises By Jim Murphy If you’re planning a trip that involves renting a car, here’s something you should know: The windshield is the number one source of damage claims for rented cars, according to Christopher Elliot, a consumer advocate and

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SENIOR SAFETY …

CONSUMERS’ CORNER # 6   Older adults should be vaccinated too! By Jim Murphy We all know children need to be vaccinated before they start school. But many Baby Boomers (and even older senior citizens) are skipping vaccinations that can help them stay healthy and live longer. And that’s a

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CONSUMERS’ CORNER # 5

STOP CIRCULATING FAKE NEWS      Help curb web misinformation By Jim Murphy Are you guilty of forwarding inaccurate, unchecked or baseless emails to friends and neighbors? Here’s a better idea. Stop. Think. And before you forward that email, go to snopes.com to see if the information is accurate. Spread

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CONSUMERS’ CORNER # 4

Proceed with caution … Beware of “phishing” emails that can steal your identity By Jim Murphy Be smart when you are online. If you see an email from a company or a stranger asking you to click on a link or provide personal or financial information, be suspicious. Then stop.

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CONSUMERS’ CORNER # 3

ONLINE SAFETY TIP …   How to find out if your identity has been hacked By Jim Murphy If you have a Target, Home Depot or LinkedIn account, chances are good that your identity has been stolen. These are just a few of the major companies reporting thefts of customer

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CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Unclaimed cash … flickr photo by 401(K) 2013   Does Harrisburg have any of your money?   By Jim Murphy  Believe it or not, one in ten Pennsylvania residents has property just waiting in the state treasury to be claimed. The total amount: $2.3 billion, and counting. Across the country,

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