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Home Improvement Tops New Jersey List Of Consumer Complaints

By Jim Donovan: Just in time for National Consumer Protection Week, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has released a Top 10 list of consumer complaint categories from 2014. The Office of Consumer Protection, […]

03/02/2015

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Blog: Best & Worst Things To Buy At Home Centers

By Jim Donovan: To buy or not to buy? When you’re shopping at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, and Walmart that may be the question. After all, big-box retailers often carry many of the same home […]

02/27/2015

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Unlicensed Moving Companies Cited After NJ Consumer Affairs Sting

By Jim Donovan: The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is citing 19 unlicensed moving companies with violating state law, and assessing civil penalties of up to $2,500 each, as the result of an undercover […]

02/25/2015

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Sear Recalls Electric Ranges, Possible Shock Hazard

By Jim Donovan: Sears is recalling about 3,000 electric ranges. The heating element can fail to properly adhere to the cooktop, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers. The recall involves Sears Kenmore 24-inch wide […]

02/25/2015

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Target Now Offering FREE Shipping With $25 Online Purchase

By Jim Donovan: Target has sliced the minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25. Target said free shipping is now available to all online orders coming from the continental U.S. […]

02/24/2015

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3 On Your Side: Despite Lackluster Savings, People Feel More Secure

How much money do you have in emergency savings? A new report finds that in many cases American families are often living very close to the financial edge.

02/23/2015

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Disney Raises Park Prices

By Jim Donovan: Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive. Ticket prices to visit Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks increased beginning Sunday. Single-day tickets for the Magic […]

02/23/2015

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Most Expensive Driving Violations

By Jim Donovan: Most drivers realize that if they commit a moving violation that they can expect to pay higher car insurance costs. However, that increase varies significantly by state, according to a new insuranceQuotes.com […]

02/23/2015

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3 On Your Side: How Prepared Are You For Digital Afterlife?

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at what to consider about the digital afterlife.

02/19/2015

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3 On Your Side: Cold Snowy Weather Can Impact Your Bottom Line

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, the cold snowy weather could be costing us more than we think.

02/17/2015

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Blog: Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Offer Online Tax Help On Tuesdays

By Jim Donovan: During the month of February, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is offering “Tax Chat Tuesdays,” a free online instant messaging chat staffed by its CPA members to provide general […]

02/16/2015

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Free College Planning Workshop 2/19 In Broomall PA

By Jim Donovan: Do you have a child heading off to college next year? Well if you’re wondering how you’re going to pay for it, you’re not alone. So Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and […]

02/16/2015

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Kidde Recalls 4.6 Million Fire Extinguishers

By Jim Donovan: Kidde is recalling 4.6 million fire extinguishers. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire […]

02/13/2015

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Angie’s List: Installing Vinyl Windows

In this week’s Angie’s List report, Jim Donovan takes a look at some other benefits to vinyl windows.

02/12/2015

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Blog: 6 In 10 Renters Don’t Carry Insurance

By Jim Donovan: Six in 10 Americans who rent their homes or apartments do not have renter’s insurance, according to a new survey by insuranceQuotes.com. Forty-five percent of Americans say they lack renter’s insurance because […]

02/11/2015

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