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Dec 10, 2013
Dec 9, 2013

How to answer those year-end charity appeals

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – As the year nears its close, charities are making their final appeals – hoping to raise as much as they can during the traditional season of giving. But how do you decide if a charity is going to be a good steward of your money, or if your cash will go to the cause you would like it to?

Individuals, who account for 75 percent of giving, donated $277.2 billion to charities in 2012 and are on track to boost that by nearly 12 percent this year to $285.7 billion, according to Rob Mitchell, CEO of the Dallas-based charity-focused economic forecasting firm Atlas of Giving.

Dec 4, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013

Smartphone apps for last minute pre-shopping

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Attention, shoppers: If you just decided to join the Black Friday shopping crunch but didn’t prepare well, don’t despair: Just pick up your smartphone. It could be your new best friend.

Even if you haven’t invested a week or more reading sales circulars, you can play catch up with the latest mobile shopping applications.

Nov 26, 2013
Nov 25, 2013

Black Friday warriors share their best attack plans

Nov 25 (Reuters) – When Aimee Brittain’s team hits the
stores in a commando-like fashion on Thanksgiving night in
search of Black Friday deals, they’ll stand out from the crowd
in their matching bright blue shirts. They’ll scatter when they
hit the store, and the shirts will help them see each other
quickly.

It’s different for the Goldman sisters. Stephanie Goldman, a
Cliffside Park, New Jersey, public relations executive, and her
sisters Nadine Kleinman of Highland Park, New Jersey, and
Valerie Goldman of Washington, D.C., travel in a pack, flooding
one zone at a time.

Nov 21, 2013
Nov 19, 2013

U.S. homeowners won’t get much relief from JPMorgan deal

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – U.S. consumers who suffered through the mortgage crisis – and even those who experienced losses from Superstorm Sandy – could benefit from the record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. But they should not expect a windfall, consumer advocates say.

“Consumers will not see relief in the ways they traditionally do when companies settle complaints about wrongdoing,” said John Breyault, vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud at the National Consumers League. “Consumer relief from this settlement will instead include principal forgiveness, loan modifications and efforts to reduce blight.”

Nov 19, 2013
    • 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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