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  • Good Wipers Won't Cost You; Replace Often

     
    Car maintenance and safety is all about doing the little things right, such as frequently replacing your windshield wipers. According to Consumer Reports, a good pair of windshield wipers won't cost you more than $10 in most cases. Some of......
  • 'Under water' homeowners rise to 16 pc

     
    by Frank James Just how deep a hole are U.S. consumers in? The Wall Street Journal has a story today that gives an important partial answer: The relentless slide in home prices has left nearly one in six U.S. homeowners......
  • Suffolk exec. likes ex-Islip town rep. for consumer job

     
    Suffolk???s Democratic County Executive Steve Levy wants to install former Republican Islip town board member Pamela Greene as the county???s new $107,000 a year consumer affairs director, according to several political sources. Levy aides are circulating...
  • GMAC Restricts Financing To Credit Scores Over 700

     
    The credit crunch has already been affecting the automotive market for months, but now there is concrete evidence of exactly how bad it is. GMAC, the financing arm partly owned by GM, is restricting consumer auto financing to those with......
  • Levy shifts on consumer affairs--seeks commissioner

     
    County Executive Steve Levy has revised his proposal to recreate the top job in consumer affairs. He filed a revised resolution to create the job of comissioner who would head the consumer affairs department rather than a director of......
  • More World Series tacos?

     
    Last year, Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury made sure Americans got a free lunch (taco) from Taco Bell when he stole second base during Game 2 of the 2007 World Series. Taco Bell, which isn???t releasing the number......
  • Consumer Reports Releases Reliability Ratings

     
    Ford???s reliability ratings jumped significantly, making it by far the most reliable American automaker, according to Consumer Reports, which released its ratings today. Those ratings can be found in the magazine???s December issue. With the exception of...
  • Merger Rumors Prompt Worries About Warranties

     
    If there weren't already enough reasons for people to hold off on buying a new car, rumors about a potential merger between GM and Chrysler have brought up even more doubts for consumers. The possibility of GM acquiring Chrysler raises......
  • Personal spending fall has political aspect

     
    by Frank James Consumer spending is about 70 percent of the economy, definitely the dog that waves the tail. So when it falls substantially, as it did in September, the economy is in a hole it can't crawl out of......
  • I (heart) my pressure cooker

     
    My Atlanta brother, who occasionally comments on this blog, just sent me the reply he received from the Presto pressure cooker customer service department when he sent them this query:What is the preferred method for removing an old air vent?Here's......
  • Consumers hunker down even further

     
    by Frank James Layoffs are being announced in the tens of thousands. Foreclosures have hit record levels. Billions of dollars of home equity have been wiped out for millions of Americans. Credit is difficult to get. Incomes are static. Mix......