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Providing Protection for Military Consumers

8/14/2019
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On the heels of Military Consumer Protection month, tune in to this episode of The Bistro to learn about the unique challenges that military families face as consumers and the businesses and organizations that work to help protect them. Melissa Bittner, Program Manager for BBB Military Line, and Steven J. Lepper, Major General, USAF (Ret.) … Continue reading Providing Protection for Military Consumers →

Duration:00:19:05

Giftya Shaking Up Gift Giving

7/31/2019
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Gift cards are no new thing and appear to be the one consumer transaction that hasn’t evolved much over time. That is, until now. On this episode of The Bistro Jason Wolfe, Founder of GiftYa, explains how his company is revolutionizing the gift-giving industry providing consumers with a fresh gifting option. Listen in to find out more!

Duration:00:14:51

The Consumerism of Retail

7/17/2019
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On this episode of The Bistro, host Elaine Espinola and Project Director of BBB National Programs Podcasts dive deeper into the conversation surrounding the retail industry by revisiting three previous episodes that each introduced a layer to the discussion: Women’s Purchasing Power, BlackFriday.com, and A Parent’s Guide for Back to School Shopping. Check out this … Continue reading The Consumerism of Retail →

Duration:00:21:28

Living Life in the Digital World

6/19/2019
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It’s #internetsafetymonth! We are certain that your family enjoys all of the benefits of living in a digital world. However, do you know how to stay safe online? Emily Mulder, Program Director of Family Online Safety Institute delves into the experiences of the sandwich generation, digital parenting and more. Don’t miss this great episode!

Duration:00:13:36

Your Online Behavior Impacts Your Children

6/5/2019
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It’s #InternetSafetyMonth and on this episode of The Bistro, Katie Goldstein, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit, shares with us a twist on internet safety for children. Learn how you as parents could be jeopardizing your children’s safety online. Want more insights? Read Katie’s article in Parents Magazine.

Duration:00:18:23

Do You Know Your Rights?

5/22/2019
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When purchasing a property that is managed by an HOA, we seek to understand the fees but don’t inquire much further. Vivian Parra, President of the Homeowners Protection Bureau shares on The Bistro why homeowners want to go beyond the cost they are obligated to pay their HOA, before signing on the dotted line. Listen in to … Continue reading Do You Know Your Rights? →

Duration:00:17:36

Savvy Shopping for Mom

5/8/2019
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Mother’s Day is one of the top gift-giving holidays that we encounter every year. According to the National Retail Federation, it is predicted that Americans will spend a record $25 billion on mom this year. Wow, and we have an episode filled with tips on how you can save on contributing to that spend. Tune in … Continue reading Savvy Shopping for Mom →

Duration:00:10:15

The Virtual & Augmented Reality of FinTech

4/24/2019
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Our new reality is this, technology has changed the way we live, work, and play and it will continue to do so. On this episode of The Bistro, we chat with J.C. Kuang, Device and Platform Analyst at Greenlight Insights about how virtual and augmented reality are changing the face of banking. Tune in to … Continue reading The Virtual & Augmented Reality of FinTech →

Duration:00:14:25

Data Privacy + Scam Recap

4/10/2019
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We take a look back and bring you episodes from 2018 that helped us avoid the pitfalls of scams and taught us how to protect our data better. Join us as we revisit our episodes Internet Safety for Children, Consumer Moving Rights, and Unlocking Cryptocurrency. Gain a fresh reminder on how to ensure we do … Continue reading Data Privacy + Scam Recap →

Duration:00:20:18

Women’s Purchasing Power

3/27/2019
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Women make over 90% of all household purchases. This doesn’t only include groceries and cleaning supplies. Oh no, we’re talking power tools, cars, and major household goods. You don’t want to skip this episode. Susan Dobscha, Professor of Marketing at Bentley University details the consumer power held by women! Happy #nationalwomenshistorymonth!

Duration:00:15:05

Consumer Protection Defined

3/13/2019
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Depending on who you ask, consumer protection can mean a variety of things. However, one thing that we all can agree upon is that consumer protection is needed. Kyle Burgess, Advisory Board Member of Consumers’ Research, stops by The Bistro to help us define consumer protection and speaks to why it is necessary.

Duration:00:15:36

Online Ads That Know You Part 2

2/27/2019
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Jon Brescia and Ayaz Minhas of the Digital Advertising Accountability Program are back to help us understand how to take control of the online ads we see. In a previous episode, they walked us through the technology and the data used to make interest-based advertising work. In this episode, they dive in deeper with tips on … Continue reading Online Ads That Know You Part 2 →

Duration:00:12:12

Online Ads That Know You – Part 1

2/13/2019
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Have you ever searched a website realizing after leaving it, there are ads following you everywhere you go online related to what you just browsed? You are indeed being followed. Ready to take control of how much data advertisers can utilize from you to remain in front of you? Tune in to this two-part episode where … Continue reading Online Ads That Know You – Part 1 →

Duration:00:12:29

The Ticket Industry Uncovered

1/30/2019
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When it comes to entertainment, the thriving success of the ticket industry shows that people love LIVE experiences. From sports games, such as the up and coming Superbowl to music concerts, we are all in! Gary Adler, Executive Director and General Counsel with the National Association of Ticket Brokers stops by The Bistro to share … Continue reading The Ticket Industry Uncovered →

Duration:00:16:37

Space Travel Frontier

1/16/2019
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Technology is moving faster than we can catch it. These advances are making what once was a dream, our new reality. One of those dreams come true is taking a commercial flight to outer space. Ravi Chaudhary from the Federal Aviation Administration shares with us how space travel is closer than we think.

Duration:00:16:08

Tax Reform Is Here!

1/2/2019
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We are entering the tax season of the new tax reform. Last January, Maura Schauss, Managing Partner of Washington Wealth Advisors walked us through the details of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Legislation. Listen in again to hear the helpful advice she gave on navigating through these changes.

Duration:00:14:48

Holiday Helper Countdown

12/19/2018
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As the end of the Holiday Season is upon us, we want to remind you of a few more great tips to help get you through the days left of 2018. We have combined some highlights from our favorite The Bistro episodes to bring you a few reminders on how to be a savvy and … Continue reading Holiday Helper Countdown →

Duration:00:19:06

New Year’s Resolution: Our Finances in Review

12/5/2018
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A new year is quickly approaching, and we are all thinking about how to make 2019 even more fabulous than 2018. One area that seems to remain on everyone’s resolution list is finances. We seem to fall into at least one of three categories; how to make more, owe less, or save more. Nona Phinn, BBB … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: Our Finances in Review →

Duration:00:21:49

BlackFriday.com

11/21/2018
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The big day is quickly upon us. The greatest shopping event of the year is just around the corner, and Retail and Shopping Expert Sarah Hollenbeck of BlackFriday.com stops by The Bistro to discuss. She shares some great insights and tips about Black Friday to help us all become a savvy shopper this holiday season.

Duration:00:16:18

Connected Toys Safety Tips

11/7/2018
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Have your children given you their wish list yet for the holidays? Before you start piling your shopping carts with your kids’ most wanted gifts, listen in to this episode of The Bistro. Our friends at CARU, Director, Dona Fraser, and Senior Attorney, Katie Goldstein joins us to discuss how to keep your children safe … Continue reading Connected Toys Safety Tips →

Duration:00:14:53