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October 14, 2004



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Publication of the Week: 
Funerals: A Consumer Guide
To help families deal with difficult decisions and with rising costs, many people are planning and prepaying for their own funerals. Get the facts on pre-need planning and your rights as a consumer. This guide also includes a checklist of things to keep in mind when making funeral arrangements.
Consumer Action Website: Image of parrot
Want your money back because your parrot doesn't talk? The Consumer Action Website is now available. Based on the 2004 Consumer Action Handbook, the newly updated website is the one consumer guide that you must have.
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Consumer Focus:
Democracy in America
Image of a young boy waving an American flag. Anyone who turns on the TV knows that there are elections coming up this November. So we decided to look back on who we are as Americans, and put together easy facts and useful information for anyone who uses this election season as an opportunity to talk to children about our country.

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Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards:  
Image of an older man and woman sitting on lawn chairs and talking. People with Medicare can now take advantage of real savings on their prescription medicines by signing up for Medicare-approved drug discount cards. For more information, visit

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