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Consumer and Product Information

Bureau of Consumer Protection
Information from the Federal Trade Commission; click on ‘consumer information’ for topics such as food, product safety, health, money, shopping, transportation, & more.

Dallas Better Business Bureau
Reports on businesses in Dallas & surrounding cities.

Charity Navigator
Ratings of over 5,000 U.S. charities.  Browse by category or search for a specific charity.

Federal Communications Commission for Consumers
Consumer information on telephone, cellular telephone, broadcasting, and Internet; FCC rules & regulations, as well as online forms for filing complaints.

National Do Not Call Registry
Register a phone number to reduce calls from telemarketers; includes an online complaint form to report violators.

National Fraud Information Center
Information from the National Consumers League on current scams such as those targeting the elderly, counterfeit drug scams, tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, and an online Incident Report

Recalls.gov
A ’one stop shop’ for U.S. government recalls.

Free Online User Manual Database
Over 700,000 user manuals available for free for a wide variety of consumer products.


 

Personal Finance

Annual Credit Report
Request your one free credit report per year from each of the three large credit bureaus.

GovLoans
Learn about loans for farming, business, education, housing, disaster relief, & veterans; offered by various federal agencies.

Consumer Action Handbook
Contains trusted government information on avoiding common frauds and scams, managing credit and debt, preventing identity theft, and more.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Information on credit & debt management.

 


 

Product Reviews & Information

CNET
Technology news and reviews, including information on appliances, tablets, televisions, and others.

ConsumerSearch
General reviews for household and recreational items.

Good Housekeeping
Additional general reviews for household and recreational items.

Energystar
Lists Energy Star qualified products.  From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & the U.S. Department of Energy.

Power to Choose
Lists power companies in Texas and includes tools to compare and filter various power plan options. Managed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Household Products Database
Health & safety information on common household cleaners, chemicals, and other products from the National Institutes of Health.

 

Last updated: 09/11/17