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Dangerous Toys? 6 Tips to Shop Smart and Avoid Safety Hazards

December 12, 2012 |

Your children may be asking for the hottest toys this holiday season and as a parent, the last thing you want to put under the Christmas tree is a safety hazard. Over the past four years the Consumer Product Safety Commission has seized more than 8.5 million units of more than 2,400 dangerous toys from entering American ports because of safety hazards. The CPSC works hard to ensure that the toys sitting on store shelves are safe, but that's not always the case. Here are several ways you can be sure a toy is safe.

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Gender Pricing: When Women Pay More

December 3, 2012 |

It happens at the dry cleaners, the hair salon and the drug store. According to AOL Daily Finance, women pay about $850,000 in their lifetime just for being female. Find out where you're getting gouged and how to avoid it.

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Kids and Black Friday: Do They Mix?

November 20, 2012 |

Black Friday deals are incredibly enticing. But are Black Friday bargains worth pulling your little ones out of bed? Despite the odd hours, children are often among the crowd of shoppers on Black Friday, so we wanted to know-- do kids and Black Friday mix?

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How to Tell if You're a Shopaholic

November 5, 2012 |

More than 18 million Americans are shopaholics, according to shopaholicnomore.com. Compulsive buyers shop without thinking about the consequences of the debt they are racking up. In fact, some people go to great lengths to hide their purchases. Do you have unopened shopping bags in your closet? Clothes with tags still attached? Do you buy things you don't need? These are all signs of being a shopaholic. Before your habit gets out of control check out these tips for keeping your spending in check.

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Scam Alert: When Free Becomes a Fee

November 1, 2012 | 1

Have you ever signed up for something thinking it was free, only to get charged for it later on? The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) receives thousands of complaints from consumers scammed by free offers that suddenly turn very costly. Here are some of the most common free offers that can become expensive mistakes, plus tips for avoiding these unwanted expenses.

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Don't Be a Tanning Mom: 5 Safe and Affordable Tanning Alternatives

May 17, 2012 |

She's been the brunt of late night talk show jokes and the center of criticism for her parenting skills. But now the New Jersey mom accused of taking her six-year-old daughter tanning with her could be starting a wildfire of legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from entering a tanning salon. Forty-four-year-old Patricia Krentcil is being called a tanorexic for her apparent addiction to the tanning salon. She pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges but her scorched appearance is leaving many people to wonder if there are better alternatives for getting a golden glow. And experts agree - yes there are.

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How to Get a Gig as a Brand Ambassador

April 20, 2012 |

Love a product so much you find yourself talking about it at dinner parties or writing home to mom about it? If you've got passion for a product, have a great social network and enjoy sharing your thoughts with others you could be a great brand ambassador. Big name companies like Walmart, Sharpie and Remington find normal people to spread the word about their brand. Typically they look for people who bring their image, values and message to life. Sometimes these positions are paid, sometimes they're not, but after you hear about Lindsey Holder's experience as a Remington Style Ambassador you'll want to know where you can get a gig like hers.

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Scared of Electronic Pickpockets? Wrap Your Credit Card in Foil

April 18, 2012 |

Crooks no longer have to steal your wallet in order to get their hands on your credit card. New technology allows them to steal the data off your credit card just by standing a few feet away with a special radio frequency reader. It's called electronic pickpocketing and here are tips to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

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Is It Smart to Pay for Membership Discount Cards?

April 13, 2012 | 1

Starbucks, Amazon Prime, and Barnes and Noble all offer them. But is paying for a discount card a good idea? Typically companies offer a membership card for a certain amount of money and buying one entitles you to a discount on future purchases for a set amount of time. But is it worth it—or just a way for companies to get more of your cash in their pockets?

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5 Ways to Get Free Help with Filing Your Taxes

March 22, 2012 |

As sure as the sun rises, taxes must be paid. Every year by mid-April Uncle Sam needs his fair share. Forking over money for tax preparation seems inevitable, but there are actually lots of completely free resources available. Depending on your age, income level or whether you've served in the military, you could benefit from completely free assistance with filing your taxes.

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Cell Phone Users Beware: How to Avoid Being "Smished"

January 11, 2012 |

I was making dinner the other night and my husband's cell phone was sitting on the counter. It beeped to announce that a new text message had arrived. I glanced at the screen and there was a text from an unfamiliar number asking how he was doing. I didn't think much of it but the person on the other end persisted, obviously not wanting to be ignored. My husband asked me to respond, telling the person to please stop texting, but that didn't work. The person continued to send messages and even call. I didn't know it at the time, but it could have been a criminal taking part in a scam that's gaining popularity. It's called smishing and here are the warning signs.

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