Consumer Tips

How to make sure your credit reports don’t include paid medical debt

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Medical debt, even when it is paid off, remained on credit reports for up to seven years. That's about to change. Here's how to make sure paid medical debt doesn't lower your credit score.

How discounts and incentives for electric vehicles should be improved

By | Mike Litt
Director, Consumer Campaign

Our Consumer Campaign Director was invited to speak at the Consumer Federation of America’s (CFA) 56th Annual Consumer Assembly on a panel about consumer protections and climate change.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

128,000 Americans Hospitalized Per Year From Foodborne Illness; Grocers, Government Need To Better Warn Consumers About Recalls

According to the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 225 varieties of bagged lettuce, spinach and salad products in December because of potentially deadly contamination it took the FDA a week to post a public notice on its web site. While many stores quickly notify customers of recalls one way or another, they’re not required to, and their practices are neither uniform nor always timely. 

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New report: Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?

In a new report, Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?, Arizona PIRG Education Fund surveyed 50 of the largest grocery and convenience store chains nationwide on their notification practices and talked to experts about what needs to change to improve both communication and public safety.

TOWING KICKBACKS: ONLY ONE-THIRD OF STATES BAN INCENTIVES TO PROPERTY OWNERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT

By Jacob van Cleef and Teresa Murray/ Consumer Watchdog team
April 27, 2022


Driving is a staple of American living. In 2020, there were more than 275 million registered vehicles in the United States. An issue that many drivers face or may be worried about is having their vehicle towed. If you ask around in your small circle, someone inevitably has a towing story.

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Arizona PIRG Education Fund Releases Series of New Reports & Consumer Tips

In recognition of Consumer Protection Week 2022, Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a series of consumer protection tips and tools to help Arizonans address some of the most common consumer issues. To make it easy for consumers, the organization compiled the information in one location.

Tips on ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Plans

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Complaints are soaring about the “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing schemes that businesses increasingly are offering as an alternative to up-front payments in full. Consumers making purchases as small as $50 online are often offered these payment plans, which can turn into debt traps. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these “deals.”

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The hidden costs of "Buy Now, Pay Later"

Years ago, before credit cards were widespread, department stores offered layaway plans on some items. You paid in advance over a weekly or bi-weekly schedule and the store guaranteed that the item would be in stock after you’d paid the total cost (including some fees for the service). Variants included Christmas clubs and other “holiday club” plans.

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Surprise Billing Patient Protections

One in five insured Americans who have surgery or visit an emergency room receive a surprise medical bill. Surprise medical bills occur when patients get “balance billed” for the difference between what their insurer covers and what an out-of-network provider charges. Often, patients don’t know that the provider who treated them was out-of-network until they’re at home, recovering, and they receive a medical bill for hundreds or even thousands of dollars that their insurance company isn’t obligated to pay. See our tips to help you know and use your rights.

Buy Now, Pay Later plans: Tips to avoid the pitfalls

By Hannah Rhodes and Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog team

Complaints are soaring about the “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing schemes that businesses increasingly are offering as an alternative to up-front payments in full. Consumers making purchases as small as $50 online are often offered these payment plans, which can turn into debt traps. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these “deals.”

 

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