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Energy Assistance Available to Pay for Heat and Repairs

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You might not be aware of a federal program that provides assistance for costs associated with home energy bills and the weatherization of homes or energy related minor home repairs. The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) provides about $3.5 billion in assistance to families across the United States. LIHEAP is designed “to assist low-income households, particularly those with ... Read More »

ConsumerCellular Targets Retired Citizens With Affordable Cell Phone Plans And Senior Friendly Telephones

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A few weeks ago Steve came to me and said, “hey, do you think you could find the cheapest cell phone service for someone that talks less than 120 minutes a month using the site ConsumerCellular.com?” “Of course,” I thought. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I started my search by heading over to ConsumerCellular.com where they provide a service to find affordable plans ... Read More »

Summer Heat Got You Down And Your Energy Bills Up?

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photo © 2006 Braden Kowitz | more info (via: Wylio)It’s summer time! Or darn close to it. Here in the South East it got hot…quick! We’ve had very little time to get used to the heat but here it is and here is shall stay. Everyone I’ve been talking to recently has been cursing about having to turn on their ... Read More »

The Inside Scoop on the Free Home Telephone Service That’s Not

Last night I saw the commercial below offering free telephone service, or so it appears. [flashvideo file=/wp-content/uploads/IMG_0023.flv /] While the commercial says “the government will pay for you to have free home phone service”, it’s not the whole story. The government program behind this is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline and Link-Up Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers. To ... Read More »

3 Percent Of Homes Have Utilities Now Disconnected

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Another bleak sign that consumers are slipping. I hope people are not going to face as bad of a 2009 as it is looking but the reality is, they might. I’ve been talking about credit card companies closing down credit limits, consumers using their credit cards more to pay for routine expenses and holiday shopping being negatively impacted by credit ... Read More »

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