Nancy Adler-Jones, MSW

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Fact Checking

Stress comes in many forms.  I notice that not knowing what is true or false adds to stress.  There is a lot of cultural hysteria created to influence us to buy products, vote a certain way, etc.  Having ways to verify facts is one strategy for decreasing stress.  This article, wont-get-fooled-again1 in the Nov. 2012 […]

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Thu, November 29 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Fact Checking

Affordable Healthcare Act in WA

There have been many questions about the healthcare changes in WA state.  This article by Christine Gregoire succinctly outlines them.

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Thu, August 2 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Affordable Healthcare Act in WA

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney documents have been the way in which elder people have been able to turn over management of their finances and other matters to family or friends.  This legal mechanism is no longer fail-safe.  The Wall Street Journal gives advice about what to do in these situations in this interesting article.  Of course, […]

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Sun, June 3 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Power of Attorney

Keeping a Paper Trail

There’s a lot of encouragement by organizations to send out electronic records rather than  paper ones.  While convenient in some ways, there are some documents that need to be kept in paper.  This article lets you know which are which.

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Sun, June 3 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Keeping a Paper Trail

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die

I find myself puzzled by what documents to keep and why.  When my mother passed away, I appreciated that she had been thorough in saving and storing the papers I would need to handle her estate.  This Wall Street Journal article summarizes current thinking about what documents to save.  Your family will thank you for […]

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Sun, July 31 2011 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die

How Money Messes With Our Minds

I am “tricked” again and again by the “It’s on sale” phenomenon which parts me with my money.  This article explains how our minds trick us and how to combat this common psychological phenomenon.  It also mentions a number of books on the emerging field of behavioral economics which explores how we actually make decisions.

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Mon, May 2 2011 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on How Money Messes With Our Minds

Ideas for conserviing, earning and saving money

This AARP Special report gives tons of ideas about how to save money.  Some are old standbys, but others have ideas and resources I’d never heard of before.  Free on-line classes from major universities, a furniture bank to pick up the furniture you want to discard, electronics trade-in programs, coupon discount codes, replacement owner’s manuals, […]

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Sun, August 29 2010 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Ideas for conserviing, earning and saving money

Car Rental Discounts

Driving bargains:  AARP members can receive discounts from six major car rental companies.  Visit: www.aarp.com/carrentals

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Sun, August 9 2009 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Car Rental Discounts

Funeral Costs and Resources

Common themes in my practice are the high cost of funerals and the victimization people feel when arranging for burial/funeral services.  Click here to read a Newsweek article that sheds light on the topic.  It talks about a local (Seattle area) resource (Barton Family Funeral Service) for low cost arrangements.  I can personally recommend Solie […]

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Sun, April 12 2009 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Funeral Costs and Resources

Travel Bargains

The AARP magazine can be a trough of useful information.  Did you ever want to drive accross the country in someone else’s car?  Click here to find out how.  This article also lists websites that help travellers find air fare bargains.  Evidently, yapta.com helps you get a refund on an already purchased ticket whose price […]

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Sun, March 15 2009 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Travel Bargains