Consumer Tips

With $1,400 payments on the way, here's what to do, and not do

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

85 percent of Americans are expected to get money -- without the need for you do anything, including clicking any email links, providing any information by phone or paying any fees.

Tips to file your tax return while avoiding fees, scams

by Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

March 3, 2021

You have six weeks to file your income tax return for 2020. Every year, it seems there are more issues to watch out for. They fall into two main categories: Scams looking to get your personal information, and unexpected fees that can add up when trying to file your return using software or professional preparers. Below are tips to keep in mind this tax season.

Avoiding fraud and scams

File as early as possible:

Credit freeze -- A free and fast way to help safeguard your finances

By | Grace Brombach
Consumer Watchdog Associate

My first-hand, step-by-step guide to freezing your credit reports.

A week's worth of help and tips during Consumer Protection Week

Being a consumer is a tough job. Really tough. During National Consumer Protection Week, which runs through March 6, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff is offering a daily dose of tips and advice to help you navigate life’s biggest consumer challenges.

How to freeze your credit files by phone or online

by Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

March 2, 2021

You have two primary options for freezing your credit files with the three major credit bureaus. You can do it by phone or online, whichever you’re more comfortable with.

How to get your stimulus payments when you file your tax return

by Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

March 3, 2021

Some of your friends or relatives have received two COVID-19 relief/ stimulus payments in the past year. And a third may be on the way soon. 

If you haven’t received anything yet and believe you should have, don’t fret. You will be able to recoup your money when you file your income tax return in the weeks ahead.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, Solid Waste

New Report Shows What Californians Tried to Fix in 2020, and the Barriers They Still Face

CALPIRG released a new report Thursday, “What are Californians Fixing?” which compiles data from the popular repair instruction website iFixit.com about what items people in California were fixing the most in 2020. The report also takes a closer look at the broader repair ecosystem, including barriers that make it harder than it should be to perform basic repairs and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the things we were fixing.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, Solid Waste

What are Californians Fixing?

Here in California, we want to fix our stuff – even during the COVID‑19 pandemic.
As people try to stay at home as much as possible, it’s more important than ever that our home appliances and devices are working. From kitchen appliances to laptops, gaming systems and televisions, our tech helps us stay home, stay safe, and stay sane.

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