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Ask Marietta: Advice for High School Students

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In this episode of Ask Marietta, Marietta responds to a letter from a high school in Hastings, Nebraska and shares some consumer advice for the students there.

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Hi I’m Marietta Jelks, manager of the Consumer Action Handbook, also known as the CAH.

In this video series, I’ll be reading letters from readers like you who have used the Consumer Action Handbook in their regular lives and to answer questions from you on issues that pertain to your consumer life.

Let’s see what people say.

Today’s letter is actual an email. You can write or email us.

And it comes from a high school in Hastings, Nebraska. It reads:

Dear Marietta, This handbook is being used as part of the financial literacy course at our school.

It goes on to say that students use the handbook and place it in a filebox that they can use and refer to as they develop life skills.

The handbook is current and relevant and my favorite part of the letter says, “It’s better than the textbooks purchased for the class.”

Now how great is that, that our free handbook is better than the textbooks that were purchased for the class.

Did you know that handbook includes so much information as teens transition to real life and getting themselves settled. It also includes information to help in every day life.

For instance, did you know that when you download music you’re not actually downloading the song but the right or license to use the song, Hmm

So if you want your questions answered, maybe on the next episode, you can write us (Ask Marietta, 1800 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20405) you can email (askmarietta@gsa.gov) us or you can tweet us using the hashtag #AskMarietta.

Ask Marietta: Resources for Military Families

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In this episode of Ask Marietta, Marietta responds to a letter from an Army base in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and shares some of the resources available in the Consumer Action Handbook for our military members and their families.

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Hi, this is Marietta with the Consumer Action¬†Handbook, and in this series, Marietta’s Mailbag, we read and respond to letters and emails that come in from readers like you, who have used the Consumer Action Handbook.

Today’s letter comes from Army community services at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Ed says, Dear Marietta, We provide classes in the consumer services, financial planning and credit reports, to help hundreds of service members and their families each month. 

The Consumer Action Handbook is a big help in these classes. We couldn’t do it without this publication.”

First let me say thank you to the service men and women for your sacrifice and service to our country.

It delights me to know the Consumer Action Handbook is a helpful resource in your life.

The Consumer Action Handbook includes so much information specifically for military families. Information on frauds and scams and knowing where to get resources that can help you.

If you have a question, send it in! We love to hear from you!

You can write us, you can email us or you can tweet us using the hashtag #AskMarietta

Ask Marietta: Helping Women Get Back on Their Feet

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In this episode of Ask Marietta, Marietta responds to a letter from a women’s resource center in New York City and offers tips and advice for battered women looking to get a fresh start.

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Hi, I’m Marietta with the Consumer Action Handbook, and in this series, Marietta’s Mailbag, we read and respond to letters from people like you, who’ve used the Consumer Action Handbook to solve their consumer problems.

Let’s take a look at one of the letters now.

Today’s letter is from a women’s resource center in New York City.

It reads, “Dear Marietta, We distribute the Consumer Action Handbook to our residents in our center, which is a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The handbooks are invaluable for this women who are trying to restart their lives under very difficult circumstances.”

First let me salute this center for the work their doing to help women get a fresh start on life.

The Consumer Action Handbook includes so much information to help you as you’re getting up on your feet, trying to establish a new life for yourself.

And one of the things that’s in the Handbook is information on how to get a copy of your free credit report. This is a great thing to do as you’re establishing yourself, as you’re looking for jobs, renting an apartment, things like that.

So, I would encourage you to get a copy of the Consumer Action Handbook to find out how to get this and other information to help you get a fresh start.

If you have a question, send it in!

We love to hear from you. You can write us, you can email us or you can tweet us using the hashtag #AskMarietta.