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October 28, 2004



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100 Questions and Answers About Buying A New Home   This guide will take you step-by-step through the home-buying process. Learn how to calculate how much home you can afford, which loan programs are available to help and what other costs you need to be aware of.
News Flash - New Website!
Image of money in a jar.The Federal Government has created a new website, dedicated to helping you understand more about your money, and where you can order your free "My Money" Tool Kit. This new, free package of publications from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission and the FCIC is chock-full of useful tips that will help you manage your money and gain financial security.
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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Democracy in America - Part 2
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Consumer Focus - Part 1: Democracy in America

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Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards  
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