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Jul 17, 2014

Is organic chicken worth the price?

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Just because a chicken is labeled “organic” does not mean that the bird on your plate lived a bucolic farm life before you cooked it.

To officially be called “organic,” the animal must be fed organic food (grown with no pesticides), receive no antibiotics and be given access to the outdoors.

Jun 26, 2014

Is it worth $100 to skip airport security lines?

June 26 (Reuters) – Benet Wilson is one of the 2.5 million
Americans who have paid a yearly fee to skip security lines at
airports and thinks it’s worth every penny she paid for a
five-year membership in the Global Entry program offered by the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection department.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” says the 50-year-old frequent
flier, who writes the AviationQueen.com blog.

Jun 13, 2014

Why some bags are not going to fly this summer

June 13 (Reuters) – Jamming as much as possible into
carry-on luggage has become routine for travelers, considering
the fees many airlines charge for checking baggage. But those
bags may be barred from overhead bins this summer.

Some travelers are discovering that bags that once were
acceptable are now too big and must be checked.

Jun 9, 2014
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Jun 4, 2014

Understanding MasterCard’s pledge of zero liability

June 4 (Reuters) – In the wake of a spate of data breaches
highlighting the vulnerability of companies that hold consumer
information, MasterCard Inc announced last week it would
apply the same rules to PIN-based debit card transactions as
those used for credit cards: zero liability when fraud is
reported.

“Fraud and identity theft have been in the news a lot
lately. We want to give cardholders peace of mind,” says
MasterCard spokeswoman Beth Kitchener. The breach at Target last
year, which affected more than 40 million customers, is still a
top concern for many.

Jun 3, 2014
Jun 3, 2014

Tracing your roots may cost you lots of time and money

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Many amateur genealogists start digging into their family histories just to see what is out there and then get seriously hooked.

They may be in for an arduous and costly project.

That happened to Janet Judge about six years ago after her children challenged her to identify family members in old photos.

May 29, 2014
May 28, 2014

For richer, for poorer: Preventing wedding money fiascos

May 28 (Reuters) – By December, Holly Ellis and Brendan
Spiegel had nailed down most of the details of their upcoming
July wedding by signing a contract that would take care of just
about everything – from food to flowers to music.

“We were so pleased with ourselves,” says Ellis, a
35-year-old film and video producer from Brooklyn, New York.

    • About Mitch

      "Mitch Lipka is editor of TheConsumerChronicle.com and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, WalletPop.com. He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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