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Shopping for Funeral Services by Phone or Online

When a loved one dies, family members and friends often need to make decisions about a funeral quickly and under emotional stress. If your loved one dies in another state, or you can’t meet in person
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Common Health Scams

People spend billions of dollars a year on products and treatments in the hope of improving their health and fitness. But a lot of that money goes to companies that make fake claims about those
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Buying American Indian Arts and Crafts

Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of turquoise and silver jewelry or the earth tones of Indian pottery, learning more about American Indian arts and crafts can help you make sure you buy quality
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Ideas for Buying Hearing Aids

If you’re one of the tens of millions of people in the country with hearing loss, you probably know that hearing aids can cost several hundred to several thousand dollars. That’s especially true for
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Spot Health Insurance Scams

Wading through your health insurance options and plans can be complex, overwhelming, and confusing. Dishonest companies and scammers know this and use it to their advantage. Instead of getting the
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Sample Customer Complaint Letter

Effective complaint letters explain the problem and how you’d like the company to resolve it. Try to be clear and include only the details you need to describe the problem and the resolution you want
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Using a Shopping App

Millions of people have downloaded shopping apps to their smartphones. Apps can save you time in checking out, earn rewards, and find coupons and deals. But before you download one, think about the
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Online Shopping

People used to have to go to stores to comparison shop, and clip paper coupons to get good deals. Technology means we can shop from home, but we still need to comparison shop, read reviews, and check
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Gemstones, Diamonds, and Pearls

Before you start shopping for gemstones, diamonds, and pearls, it pays to do a little homework. Their cost and value can be affected by their size, by whether they’re natural or manufactured, and by
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Buying Alaska Native Art

Alaska is famous for the rugged beauty of its mountains, rivers, and coastlines, as well as for the distinctive arts and crafts produced by Alaska Native artists. If you’re thinking about buying an
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Timeshares, Vacation Clubs, and Related Scams

If you’re thinking about buying a timeshare or joining a vacation club, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. You don’t want to be surprised later by unexpected charges or challenges
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Hiring a Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer can feel overwhelming — especially if you need one to advise you on complicated things like launching a business, dealing with a car accident, or drafting a will. Knowing what to
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Platinum, Gold, and Silver Jewelry

Jewelry made with precious metals like platinum, gold, and sterling silver can be expensive. Before you shop, find out about the words and symbols used by jewelers to describe the quality and purity
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Eco-Friendly and Green Marketing Claims

Many companies make claims and design packages that promote their products as safe for people or the environment. The law requires these “eco-friendly” or “green” claims to be truthful, and the FTC’s
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‘Bamboo’ Fabrics

If you’re interested in eco-friendly products, you might be curious about bamboo, a tree-like plant that thrives in many locations and grows quickly using little, or no, pesticides. Bamboo is known