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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

Motorcycle Safety in Massachusetts — On and Off the Road Posted on Aug 18

Motorcycle Safety in Massachusetts — On and Off the Road

On average, motorcyclists who wear helmets have a 29 percent better chance of surviving a crash than those who do not. Although riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, knowing the rules of the road and practicing motorcycle safety will help you have a   …Continue Reading Motorcycle Safety in Massachusetts — On and Off the Road

First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy Posted on Jun 2

First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy

If your largest purchase or expense to date has been a security deposit for an apartment or car payment, deciding to buy a house can be scary. Fortunately, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) has First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) resources   …Continue Reading First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts! Posted on Mar 27

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Whether it’s a few dollars in your coat pocket or change in an old piggy bank, everyone loves finding forgotten money. The Commonwealth is currently holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property, and according to the Massachusetts Unclaimed Property Division, under the Office of   …Continue Reading Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips Posted on Mar 5

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating is essential for a better quality of life, and following proper nutrition guidelines can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, and reduce your risk of certain diseases. With these five tips from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS)   …Continue Reading Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers Posted on Jan 15

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

You don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. One in four homes in Massachusetts has the potential to   …Continue Reading Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

4 Tips for Donating to Charities Posted on Dec 24

4 Tips for Donating to Charities

Lending a helping hand to someone in need is a great way to pay it forward for the small comforts in your own life—a roof over your head, food on the table, and your loved ones around you. You can help those less fortunate by donating to one   …Continue Reading 4 Tips for Donating to Charities