Consumer news: Monday August, 24, 2009

August 24, 2009 3:16:45 PM PDT
A way you can back up the important items you have on Facebook; plus, a big blow for folks who count on every penny of their social security benefits. Millions of older people face shrinking Social Security checks next year. It'll be the first time in a generation payments will not go up.

The trustees who oversee Social Security project there won't be a cost of living adjustment for the next two years, adjustments are pegged to inflation which is negative this year.

And while the law prohibits Social Security benefits from going down Medicare premiums will increase and since some Social Security recipients have those premiums deducted from their checks they'll see a smaller take-home amount every month.

The Cash for Clunkers programs ends at 8:00 p-m Monday August 24th. If you missed the opportunity to get a new car, take heart, automakers are cutting prices on some 2010 models.

The sticker price for the 2010 Chrysler Town and County minivan will be $1030 lower than that of the 2009 version.

The Nissan Sentra could be $1809 cheaper depending on what kind you get.

The sticker price for the Mercedes-Benz E350 midsize sedan will go down $3300.

Having problems with your wireless provider? Then you'll be interested in what's happening in Washington. The Federal Communications Commission is holding meetings in hopes of better protecting consumers. It'll examine wireless competition, contracts, and billing.

You can now back up and store your Facebook account data, friends, and photos. SocialSafe promises to help you save the info on your own computer in just a few seconds. The introductory price for the service is $2.99.

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