WASHINGTON (6/26/09)--Guests on Sunday’s H&FF Radio offer expert advice about taking advantage of the first-time homebuyer tax credit, steering clear of charity scams, and avoiding travel packages with one too many surprises. And one guest explains how the bar code has transformed consumers' shopping experience. Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. EDT on the Radio America Network. The show also is carried on American Forces Radio 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:
* “Happy Birthday, Bar Code,” with Tod Marks, senior project editor, Consumers Union, Yonkers, NY; * “First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit,” with Jerry Howard, president/CEO, National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; * “Operation False Charity,” with Dave Horn, attorney, Federal Trade Commission Northwest Regional Office, Seattle, Wash.; and * “Surprise Travel Packages: Are Bundled Vacation Deals a Bargain?” with Sue Perry, deputy editor, Shop Smart, New York.
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; Western Corporate FCU (WesCorp) and its member credit unions; and the Defense Credit Union Council and member credit unions, serving those who serve the country worldwide. For more information, listen to “Travel Fraud: Vacation Certificates & Vacation Clubs” in Plan It: Retire Ready Toolkit.