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Consumer advocate Beware the shrinking container

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WASHINGTON (6/20/08)--Described as a sneaky price increase, some manufacturers are shrinking the container and charging the same price as before--instead of asking you to pay more, according to former Massachusetts assistant attorney general Edgar Dworsky, one of this week’s guests on the H&FF Radio show. Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. EDT on the Radio America Network. The one-hour program devoted to consumer finance issues is brought to you by America's credit unions and their 90 million members, and is presented by CO-OP Network. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Radio America are podcasting Home & Family Finance through iTunes, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and other popular podcast library sites, as well as on Radio America and CUNA’s websites. Sunday’s show, which you also can hear later via the Internet, features Paul Berry, Washington, D.C., journalist and broadcaster, discussing these topics with special guests:
* “Product Downsizing: Paying the Same for Less,” with Edgar Dworsky, consumer advocate, Consumer World and Mouse Print, Boston; * “Long-Term Care Insurance,” with Bonnie Burns, training and policy specialist, California Health Advocates, Sacramento, Calif.; * “Will the Cost of Gas Kill Your Family Summer Road Trip?” with Troy Green, spokesman, AAA, Washington, D.C.; * “Tweens’ Spending Habits and Money Management,” with Deborah Haynes, professor, Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.; and * Listener Q&A.
Home & Family Finance is a resource center for personal finance information at CUNA. The radio show is sponsored by CO-OP Network, the national credit union ATM network; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of award-winning cheddar; Visa; and Western Corporate FCU and its member credit unions. For more information, read “Making Sure Merchants Measure Up” in Home & Family Finance Resource Center.