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Thursday, March 19, 2020

NEW: Resources for consumers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak
NEW: Resources for consumers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, public and private resources are becoming available to help deal with lost wages, illness and school closures. Consumer Action will post news and new resources as they come on line.

 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Class actions: Are you eligible to claim some money?
Class actions: Are you eligible to claim some money?

Consumer Action maintains this listing of notable class actions so that interested consumers can learn more, join a pending action or make a claim. You can sort the listing three ways—actions or settlements that are (1) open to claims, (2) pending or (3) closed—or use the calendar to search for upcoming claims deadlines.

 

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers

Qualifying low-income workers can get money from back from the Earned Income Tax Credit (up to $6,557!) even if they don’t owe any taxes—but you must file a tax return in order to claim the credit, even if your income is so low that you normally wouldn’t file. Don’t miss out! For more information, including where to get free tax prep assistance, read Consumer Action’s Get Credit for Your Hard Work, available (free) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

 

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Learn more about all types of health insurance
Learn more about all types of health insurance

This module covers all types of health insurance—individual coverage purchased on or off the Health Insurance Marketplace or provided by government programs such as Medicaid, employer-sponsored health plans, and Medicare—as well as options for those who do not have access to coverage due to eligibility or affordability constraints.

 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Our new annual report is available!
Our new annual report is available!

Consumer Action’s annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, records the organization’s efforts, activities, accomplishments and partnerships. It also highlights vital statistics about our work, discloses budget and funding information, highlights community-based organizations in our network, and lists staff and board members. Click here

 

Monday, December 16, 2019

SCAM GRAM: Knock-off makeup ingredients are not pretty
SCAM GRAM: Knock-off makeup ingredients are not pretty

The December 2019 issue of SCAM GRAM discusses a new docuseries called “Broken” as well as other scam and fraud related articles and tips.

 

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Know a SCAM when you see it: Read SCAM GRAM
Know a SCAM when you see it: Read SCAM GRAM

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Newly revised: Broadband internet for low-income households
Newly revised: Broadband internet for low-income households

Today, high-speed home internet service (broadband) is virtually a necessity for everything from finding a job to doing homework. However, many low-income households are at a disadvantage because broadband has been unaffordable for them. This fact sheet explains more about broadband, including its importance, benefits, availability and pricing. It also presents special programs that offer low-income households fast home internet service at a discount.

 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Read our beginner’s guide to personal finance apps
Read our beginner’s guide to personal finance apps

Financial technology (FinTech) is the use of modern technology, such as the internet and apps (downloadable mobile software), to develop powerful financial services tools for consumers and businesses. For those who are motivated to improve their finances and dedicated to working toward their goals, FinTech can make the process more convenient, efficient and even rewarding. This guide will introduce you to the types of FinTech tools available and how they can help you. It will also tell you what to consider when choosing an app and how to stay safe when using FinTech.

 

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Five plastic recycling myths
Five plastic recycling myths

Throwing items in the recycling bin is such a feel-good exercise—you believe you’re helping protect the planet! But it turns out that the “reuse” and “recycle” parts of the three R’s of recycling aren’t as simple as they seem. It’s time we educate ourselves about what actually happens to what we throw in the recycling bin.

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