Mar 11 2010
As a teen, my mom instructed me in how to apply for my first credit card. ... Today’s students may find it more difficult to start building a credit history. So what happens if your kid can’t get a card? Should you co-sign?
Mar 09 2010
... A group of 34 state attorneys general joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today in announcing an agreement with LifeLock, under which the Tempe, Ariz.-based company will pay $11 million in restitution to consumers. ...
Mar 01 2010
The rent-to-own business is booming. We settled our case with Rent-a-Center, accused of unusually aggressive collection tactics. Washington’s settlement makes it clear that harassment won't be tolerated and makes it easier for customers to know exactly how much they’ll pay for furniture and TVs they take home. ...
Feb 03 2010
Washington consumers don't like calls from debt collectors. Gripes about collection agencies have been rising in recent years but it took a single complaint to ultimately move the industry into pole position and bump out telecommunications, which previously held the top spot for at least a decade.
Jan 26 2010
If you live in the Puget Sound and are planning to make home improvements, curious about the paperwork required to run a nonprofit or interested in data privacy, you may want to check out these events ...
Jan 11 2010
So my New Year’s resolutions for 2010 include getting fit. I’m in ample company (*high hat - ba dump bump*)... Tips for choosing a weight loss program or gym.
Jan 05 2010
"When you sign a debit card receipt at a large retailer, the store pays your bank an average of 75 cents for every $100 spent -- more than twice as much as when you punch in a four-digit code," the New York Times reported this week.
Dec 30 2009
If you have credit cards, you’ve probably noticed a lot of mail lately. In addition to your monthly bill, creditors are sending notices about upcoming changes to your account. If you don't like the new terms, your option is to "refuse," which effectively cancels the card. But should you dump a card? It depends ...
Dec 28 2009
Nearly 11,000 Washington seniors were on the phone last month with Attorney General Rob McKenna as part of a TeleTown Hall sponsored by AARP Washington. Public radio station KSER (90.7 AM) in Everett will broadcast a 30-minute edited version starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. If you're outside the signal range, you can listen online at www.kser.org. ...