Funeral services are expensive. In 2019, the median funeral cost was $7,640—$5,150 for a funeral with cremation—according to the National Funeral Directors Association.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has jurisdiction over more than 10,000 types of consumer products. Mandatory standards govern only a small number of products.
For many older adults, travel is important as a way to encounter new experiences, visit with friends and family, and obtain necessary medical care.
Telecommunications and utility services are essential to health, safety, and economic welfare. These services must be reliable, safe, and affordable.
Credit histories and loan records are tools traditionally used by lenders to decide whether to give consumers credit.
All consumers should receive service that meets their daily needs at a reasonable price. The rates for these services should be fair, reasonable, and affordable.
Rapid changes in technology have made protecting consumer privacy increasingly challenging.
Most states and the District of Columbia have established utility consumer advocate offices.
One indicator of smart fiscal practices is maintaining balance between spending and revenues. Occasionally deficits may be necessary.
At the federal level, there are two categories of budgetary expenditures: entitlement and discretionary spending.