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3-On Your Side: Wacky Ways To Make Money

Unemployment is high, savings are low and you’re struggling to make ends meet. But what if we told you that you could make some extra money doing things like sending texts, or listening to music?



3-On Your Side: Paperless Receipts

Paper or email? That’s the question more and more shoppers are being asked these days when it comes to receiving a receipt. But as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan explains, when you opt for an electronic receipt instead of a paper one, you may get some other unexpected things too.


3-On Your Side: Decoding Air Travel

Now that the summer travel season is over, there are plenty of bargains to be found on airfares. But are travelers searching for those deals in the right place? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan shares what one frequent flyer found after he did a bit of research.



3-On Your Side: FEMA Help For Hurricane Victims

Some good news to report today for Pennsylvanians affected by Hurricane Irene and related flooding. Federal disaster assistance is now available.


3-On Your Side: Buying Cell Phones For Tweens

Do your kids have a cell phone? Well more and more children are asking to get connected at a younger and younger age.


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Angie’s List: Getting Rid Of Hard Water

Do you have hard water in your home? Maybe your not even sure. One sign could be plumbing troubles caused by mineral build up clogging your pipes.


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3-On Your Side: Car Care Advice In A Tough Economy

Does the tight economy have you skipping out on routine car maintenance? Well in some cases that could cost you more down the road.



3 On Your Side: Filing Irene Insurance Claims

As some homeowners affected by Hurricane Irene access damage to their homes, many expect that insurance will help them make necessary repairs. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan continues to cover the insurance aspects of the storm and has more information that homeowners need to know.


Hurricane Irene brings down a tree that decides to then take a swim in the pool

3 On Your Side: Tree Damage, Who Pays?

All over the region the clean-up is underway. Homeowners dealing with branches, limbs and downed trees of every shape and size. If you’ve experienced tree damage related to Hurricane Irene, 3 On Your Side’s Jim Donovan has information on filing an insurance claim for repairs.


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3 On Your Side: Standard Insurance Doesn’t Cover Everything

Yesterday we were dealing with an earthquake. This weekend we may have to prepare for a hurricane. When a disaster strikes many of us come to rely on our insurance when we need to put the pieces back together.


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3 On Your Side: Back-To-School Prices Up 10%

The countdown has begun. It’s just a few weeks until the majority of children in our area head back to school. So shopping for supplies and clothes is high on many parent’s to-do list. Think the prices are higher than last year? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has been checking them out and finds that you’re absolutely right.


3-On Your Side: Why Gas Prices Drop So Slowly

Oil prices are on the way down so that means gas prices should slide too, right? But 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds that in this economy it’s not that simple.


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3 On Your Side: Web Game Warning

From food for a pet to furniture for a home, there are all kinds of things you can buy online these days, and we’re not talking about the real stuff. We’re talking about the goods you buy for games. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds that just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it won’t cost you!


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3 On Your Side: Wedding Dress Rip-Offs

Any bride can tell you planning a wedding on a budget can be tough, especially when it comes to finding the perfect dress. Unfortunately scammers know that all too well. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us about some of the latest rip-offs which are duping brides on their way to the altar.


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3 On Your Side: Consumer Uncertainty Hurting Economy

As investors are still trying to make heads or tails of the roller coaster ride on Wall Street, word comes that Americans borrowed more money in June than during any month in the last four years. As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan explains, that can be interpreted in a number of ways