A Free Consumer Guide That's Good and True!
Need to know your liability if your debit card is stolen? (Answer: $50--but only if you report the loss promptly. It can be much greater if you don't.)
Or how much an airline will pay you if your luggage is lost? (The maximum is $1,250 per passenger).
These answers plus tons more very useful consumer information is contained in the government's 2006 Consumer Action Handbook. Only 158 pages, it's full of tips and lists of who to contact at companies, trade associations, federal agencies, state and local agencies and consumer groups.
This handbook is issued annually and this year's is updated to include information about digital television and the new Medicare prescription drug plans. It also has a list of 13 quick tips to make you a wiser consumer, including "Say 'No' to credit insurance offers" and "Extended warranties or service contracts are rarely worth what you pay for."
Even if you had to pay for this, which you don't, it would be a great value. You can download it online or order a paperback copy by filling out a form online, calling 1-888-8PUEBLO (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time) or sending your name and address to Handbook, Pueblo, Colo. 81009.
And speaking of lost luggage, make sure you read the story by my colleague Cindy Loose, who tells you what your rights are if your flight's been canceled or delayed.
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