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Problem Solvers Cash advances can be costly Cash advances can be costly
Need a small loan right away? You might be tempted to borrow from your credit card company. It's called a “cash advance” and it's really convenient. It's also very costly.
Problem Solvers FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration (Video)
The promise of free internet and mobile service sounded great to a local woman trying to save money. So she signed up with a California company called FreedomPop. The high-tech startup offers free voice, text and data as a gateway to it's many fee-based wireless and data plans and it's catching on. In fact, FreedomPop recently announced plans to expand to the UK. But Leslie Maxwell wonders if it's getting too big too quickly.
Problem Solvers Fresh Pod: Does it work? Fresh Pod: Does it work? (Video)
You can buy all sorts of products to deal with bad smells in your house. But most of them seem to involve a lot of chemicals or fragrances that only mask the smell. The Fresh Pod by Fresh Wave promises natural and safe odor control for up to 60 days. But how well does it really work?
Problem Solvers Prize scams target elderly Prize scams target elderly
Anyone can fall for a prize scam, but con artists tend to target seniors because they’re more likely to fall for their pitch.
Problem Solvers Do robocall blockers really block the calls? Do robocall blockers really block the calls? (Video)
Fed up with annoying robocalls- a local man just joined a nationwide brigade aimed at fighting back. When Consumers Union asked for volunteers to test different robocall blocking devices on the market, he jumped at the opportunity.
Problem Solvers Bulging batteries in RCA tablets Bulging batteries in RCA tablets (Video)
If you have an RCA 7 inch tablet that was purchased last year- keep an eye on the internal lithium battery. There are reports of the battery suddenly puffing up like a pillow inside the case, putting children in harm's way.
Problem Solvers Gel manicures- DIY vs salon Gel manicures- DIY vs salon
Traditional nail polish is rapidly being replaced by high-gloss, longer lasting gel formulas. Gel manicures are popular because they can last as long as 3 weeks. The polish is hardened onto the nail with ultra violet light. But gel polish at the salon is pricey- ranging from $25 - $35. So more and more manufacturers are offering gel polishes you can buy at the store. They give you the same high gloss finish for a fraction of the cost- without the ultra violet exposure you get at the salon.
Problem Solvers Do you really want a gasoline credit card? Do you really want a gasoline credit card?
Do you have a gasoline credit card in your wallet? Millions of people use them to earn cash back when they fill up. But a new study finds that the rewards you get may not be as good as you could get from other rewards cards.
Problem Solvers Trust your gut when choosing a vet Trust your gut when choosing a vet
There are lots of factors to consider when you choose a vet for your pet. Price is important. So is reputation. And location. But there's something else to consider: The feeling you get when you visit the place.
Problem Solvers Protect your pets all year from fleas Protect your pets all year from fleas
You're not the only one who's enjoying the warmer weather, so are the fleas that are on the lawn, at the park and maybe in your house. That's why you want to make sure your pets – both dogs and cats – are protected.
Problem Solvers Credit card debt still a serious problem in the U.S. Credit card debt still a serious problem in the U.S.
First the good news: American families are making some progress at whittling down their credit card debt. But according to a new survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), we’ve still got a long way to go.
Problem Solvers The dangers of thirdhand smoke The dangers of thirdhand smoke
You've heard about secondhand smoke and you know that it can hurt people who breathe it.

Now scientists are researching the health consequences of thirdhand smoke: The residue that tobacco smoke leaves on furniture, carpets, walls, clothing and other inanimate objects.
Problem Solvers Some popular plants are toxic to pets Some popular plants are toxic to pets
Think about your pets as you do your springtime gardening and get the yard back in shape. The ASPCA reminds pet parents to be wary of some popular, but poisonous plants.
Problem Solvers Rental scams on the rise Rental scams on the rise (Video)
If you're looking online for vacation rentals or even a place to live, be sure to proceed with caution. Rental scammers are hitting virtually all the rental housing websites. Make the wrong move online and bogus landlords will con you out of hundreds, even thousands of dollars that you'll never get back.