12 On Your Side: This week's consumer roundup from Marilyn Moritz!

By Marilyn Moritz - Reporter

Hello and happy Friday!

I hope you got a chance to enjoy the nice weather for a couple of days because the heat and humidity has arrived! And the skeeters! The little buggers just wait for you to do a little yard work.

May is always a busy month, especially for parents. There are all the end-of-the-school-year programs, graduations and, of course, summer planning. I usually get around to making my summer “to-do” list about August. 

Planet Fitness offers free gym memberships for teens this summer

This week in consumer news we hit several topics.   

First off, student loans. So many college students graduate in debt and it’s tough to pay it down. It’s worth checking out student loan forgiveness programs to see if they can help. We have the links you can check out. 

Researching student loan forgiveness programs can pay

The deadline to protest property appraisals was this past week. I’ve heard from a lot of people who were stunned by how much their valuations continue to increase. It’s nice to know your house is worth more, until you have to pay the taxes.

One area experiencing huge leap in values is on the east side. Denver Heights is a neighborhood just southeast of the Alamodome. It’s caught the eye of house flippers, real estate and business developers. Folks there are seeing their land values soar and they have mixed feelings. 

Land values soar in Denver Heights on SA's East Side

How many robocalls did you get this week? I had a few mystery calls from Lithuania. I didn’t answer, of course. Congress is apparently fed up with the unwanted calls, too, and is pushing legislation that, among other things, would tackle spoofing. That’s where you get a call on your cell and the caller ID indicates it’s local or from someone you know –only it’s not. It’s irritating to say the least. I guess we just have to let calls go to voice mail and call back!

Congress working to hang up on robocalls, spoofing

I hope you have a nice weekend, whatever you  have planned. As for me, we’re moving the college kids back home for summer. Happy mom!

Marilyn  

 

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