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Get Money Back for Your Electric Vehicle Posted on Mar 31

Get Money Back for Your Electric Vehicle

Taking public transit, walking, or riding your bike can all get you where you’re going in an eco-friendly way, but there’s another way to reduce the carbon footprint on your next trip. Buying or leasing a low- or zero-emission vehicle can help you go a   …Continue Reading Get Money Back for Your Electric Vehicle

4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid Posted on Jan 28

4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid

Each year, financial aid helps millions of students across the United States achieve their dreams of attending college. There are many free resources available to guide you through the application process. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), a division of the Department of Higher   …Continue Reading 4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid

Five Transportation Tips for Seniors, Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities Posted on Dec 15

Five Transportation Tips for Seniors, Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

This is a guest blog post from MassMobility, a division of the Human Service Transportation (HST) Office. Arranging transportation when you aren’t driving yourself can be challenging, whether you’re carless, have retired from driving, or want to help a loved one get to a medical   …Continue Reading Five Transportation Tips for Seniors, Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

Six Tips for a Safe & Successful Holiday Shopping Season Posted on Nov 24

Six Tips for a Safe & Successful Holiday Shopping Season

With the holiday season underway, knowing your rights as a consumer might be just as important as knowing where to get the best deals. The Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) provide important tips about consumer protection,   …Continue Reading Six Tips for a Safe & Successful Holiday Shopping Season

Managing Consumer Credit: Part 2 Posted on Oct 29

Managing Consumer Credit: Part 2

The first part of our credit series showed how understanding credit can help you build a positive credit history. Now it’s time to talk about credit management. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) offer guidance on checking your credit   …Continue Reading Managing Consumer Credit: Part 2

Understanding Consumer Credit: Part 1 Posted on Oct 27

Understanding Consumer Credit: Part 1

Have a credit card but don’t know how it works? Considering taking out a loan but not sure if you qualify? In the first of this two-part series, the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) outline the   …Continue Reading Understanding Consumer Credit: Part 1

Understanding Consumer Protection Law in Massachusetts Posted on Oct 20

Understanding Consumer Protection Law in Massachusetts

Have you ever been overcharged at a store? Has a business ever used misleading advertising to trick you into buying certain items? Were you unable to return a purchase or use a warranty? Often, customers don’t know that a business is taking advantage of them   …Continue Reading Understanding Consumer Protection Law in Massachusetts

The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms Posted on Sep 29

The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

This is a guest blog post from the Department of Fire Services. No one thinks a fire will happen in their own home, but in 2014 in Massachusetts, there were more than 28,000 fires, which caused 54 civilian deaths, 308 civilian injuries, 437 firefighter injuries,   …Continue Reading The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year Posted on Sep 3

How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year

Between fans and air conditioners in the summer and heaters in the winter, Massachusetts residents are almost always running systems to heat or cool their homes. However, you can make energy improvements this fall to help keep costs down year round and help the environment.   …Continue Reading How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year

StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage Posted on Aug 27

StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

If you live on the Massachusetts coast, awareness about storm hazards such as flooding, erosion, and other challenges is key to protecting your property and staying safe. The Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) provides information, strategies, and tools through the StormSmart Coasts program to   …Continue Reading StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage