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3 On Your Side: Secret Reports Tracking Your Financial Life

By Jim Donovan PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We’ve all pretty much heard of credit reports, but did you know that there are dozens of other secret reports tracking your every move?  With lenders, utilities, and other […]

02/03/2015

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3 On Your Side: Protecting Your Smartphone In Frigid Weather

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has advice to keep it functioning.

02/03/2015

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3 On Your Side: Teens Flee Facebook

A new survey finds that for the first time Facebook use is declining among teens. As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us, a large number of kids ages 13 to 17 are dropping off the social media site.

02/02/2015

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3 On Your Side: FREE Tax Preparation Locations

It’s that time of year some of us love, and some of us hate. It all depends on whether you’re getting money back or you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. That’s right, it’s tax time.

01/30/2015

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3 On Your Side: Philly Property Tax Assistance Programs

It’s the time of year when many of us have taxes on our minds. Not only income taxes, but real estate taxes too. Philadelphia sent out its property tax bills weeks ago. If you’re unable to pay, in some cases 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds there are assistance programs that may be able to help you.

01/29/2015

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3 On Your Side: Payment Taken From An Expired Debit Card

Do you hate writing checks or having to manually pay bills online? Well signing up for auto-pay can certainly save you time. But 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us about one feature of auto-pay that you might not know about.

01/28/2015

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3 On Your Side: Stopping Telemarketers

Even though millions of people are on the National Do Not Call Registry they still get unwanted phone calls from telemarketers and computerized robocalls. But 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds there are a few different ways to stop them.

01/20/2015

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3 On Your Side: Expect Interest Rates To Climb In 2015

Do you plan on purchasing a car in 2015? Or maybe you’re considering buying or refinancing a home? As the Federal Reserve looks to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006, 3-On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at how it will impact your wallet.

01/13/2015

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3 On Your Side: Ways To Tackle Holiday Debt

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has advice on tackling holiday debt.

01/12/2015

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3 On Your Side: IRS To Start Accepting Returns On January 20

The I.R.S. will start taking tax returns in less than two weeks, and an early start may put taxpayers at an advantage this year. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has some advice to get you started.

01/08/2015

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3 On Your Side: Energy Labels Not Always Accurate

A label gives shoppers an idea of how much it will cost to run the appliance. But as 3-On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, people living in the Delaware Valley should expect to pay more.

01/07/2015

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3 On Your Side: 4 Million Sign Up For Health Insurance, Penalty Rise In 2015

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at the numbers in our region.

12/31/2014

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3 On Your Side: What To Consider If Adding A Pet To The Family This Holiday

Families adding a pet to their household this holiday season should remember it’s a commitment that extends well beyond Christmas morning.

12/23/2014

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3 On Your Side: Buying Batteries

To power everything this holiday season from dinosaurs to fire trucks, you better have plenty of batteries. But which ones to pick?

12/04/2014

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3 On Your Side: Lab-Created Diamonds

It often been said that a diamond is a girl’s best friend. But the price of a diamond, well that can stop many people in their tracks. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us you may be able to save up to a third on the cost of a diamond because of a technological breakthrough.

11/26/2014

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