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Consumer Action Handbook Just in time for National Consumer Protection Week (March 3-9), the new Consumer Action Handbook for 2013 is almost off the press. You can reserve your copy now. This is the handbook used by every consumer office in the country with listings for corporate consumer affairs departments, state and local consumer offices, state banking and utilities departments, and great tips on your rights and solving consumer problems. Books should be shipped by the end of the month. Or, download the pdf now.

Best/Worst Things to Buy in March

Besides shamrocks going for half price the day after St. Patrick's day, here are other deals to watch out for in the month of March (and a few things you should wait to buy).


Top Consumer Complaints of 2012

complaints Two million consumer complaints were filed last year, and that doesn't even count do-not-call violations complaints. Fraud complaints topped the list, with ID theft problems leading the way. The next biggest category of gripes was about debt collections. Here is the top 10 complaint list and the FTC's full report [pdf] with state by state stats.

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    Bargain of the Week

    Free Clark + Kensington Paint

    Consumer Reports recently gave Ace Hardware's Clark + Kensington paint the top spot in its ratings for semi-gloss and low luster satin/eggshell. So of course, Ace is giving away free quarts of FLAT paint on Saturday, March 9 only, with this coupon.

    Consumer Reports - $16.99/yr - March 6 ONLY

    Here is a once in a blue moon chance to get a year of Consumer Reports for just $16.99 (with coupon code) instead of their usual $29. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 ONLY. Good for new, gift and renewal subscriptions. Use coupon code CONSWRLD15 when you check out. If you don't see the $16.99 final price, do not proceed. ++

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    Car Brands That are Tops (and Ones That Never Score Well)

    Consumer Reports just released two interesting car lists. One lists car brands that are most often named to their "top picks" list, and the other list contains brands that never make the top picks list.

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