Consumer Tips

In recognition of Earth Day, here are some ways you can cut back on what you throw away and, in many cases, save money and protect yourself at the same time

How to Save Food and Prevent Waste

By | Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

We all play a role in creating food waste, so we can all be part of the solution.

The new threat of cyberattacks may have you wondering what you can do to protect yourself. It’s a great time to remind you about best practices you should already be following.

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Release: As bills from 2022 medical care arrive in mailboxes, patients should know their rights

 Patients who received medical care in January and February are starting to receive their medical bills for those services. That’s why, in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, it’s timely to remind people to check their bills carefully and make sure they know their new legal protections against surprise billing.

Being alert when shopping online is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from unsafe products. 

How to find mistakes on your credit report

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Mistakes on your credit report can cause a whole host of problems.

Children's pajamas don't always meet flammability standards

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
Monday, March 14, 2022

 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforces safety standards nationally. One standard designed to give caregivers peace of mind is the national flammability standard for children’s sleepwear.

There are two requirements for the standard: 

  • Sleepwear must be made of flame-resistant material;

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Dark Patterns: A step-by-step guide to protect your privacy on your phone

Apps and social media are a part of everyday life. They help us stay connected to the world around us. But it can be easy to overlook the risk involved with making personal information accessible online, especially when that information can be recorded, bought and sold by the companies running the apps.

Counterfeit products are everywhere; here are tips to avoid buying any of them online

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
March 11, 2022

When we think of counterfeits, we often think of luxury products like bags or shoes. But counterfeits have crept into every type of product, with government officials finding counterfeit pharmaceuticals, hygiene products and children’s products.

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