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New Bouncer Seat Safety Won’t Alone Save Your Baby

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Random|

New bouncer seat safety standards can't save your baby, only you can. Babies are cracking their skulls and suffocating death in infant bouncer seats. Why? Because we, their parents, are not following the instructions on the box. The government just created a new rule for manufacturers: place a label with very clear instructions to [...]

The Sickening Cost of Healthy Suppliments

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Random|

This kind of healthy remedy can kill you. Browsing the shelves, you'll find supplements promising to make you thinner, improve your memory or alleviate that nagging joint pain. Never could you possibly imagine a better use for your $40. A mere pittance, you'll likely think, in exchange for ridding yourself of the one indisposition [...]

Tech Support Scam to Return $10 Million to Customers

By | August 28th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU|

Did you fall for a tech support scam? If Advanced Tech Support or Inbound Call Experts pressured you into buying technical support services, you might be entitled to a piece of the $10 million a court just ordered the company to pay. The trick involved partnerships with software developers and also online ads, search results, and [...]

Dorm Decor for Less Money

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: School & Money|

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars decorating a dorm room. Ah, college; the most expensive and important investment we'll make in our kids. We save, we borrow, we - wait what? - have to decorate their dorm rooms? Not to worry, these homework (yeah right) haves are supposed to be creative, eclectic [...]

The Summer’s Worst Vacation Scams

By | July 28th, 2017|Categories: Random|

Pick-pockets could be the least of your problems. Vacation deals are easier than ever to find but one wrong click online could buy you a ticket to nowhere. Here's a roadmap to the top three ripoffs. Rental ruse: There are so many wonderful ways scammers can sell you a fake vacation rental! Sometimes they [...]

The Business of “Going Out of Business” Sales

By | July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Random|

The store may be closing but the prices aren't always rock bottom. Aside from free sample tastings in the supermarket - which according to a federal law I made up, have absolutely no calories - few sights can lure me like a "Going Out of Business" sale sign. The prospect of paying rock bottom [...]

Parents: Amazon May Owe You Money

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Shopping & Money|

  Amazon is returning more than $70 million to parents whose children made in-app purchases without getting permission, says the Federal Trade Commission. Yes, if your child was using one of these apps, which asked whether he wanted to, say feed animals or buy ice cream -- questions no child has ever refused. What's more, the ice cream appears [...]

Mom’s Summer Money Mishaps – Fixed Forever

By | May 27th, 2017|Categories: Random|

You don't have to pay an extra 10,000 percent to keep kids hydrated. 1)      The problem: We don’t drink water like it’s water. It’s critical our kids stay hydrated, particularly if you’re the type of parent who can in a split-second rattle off several reasons a child might be hospitalized from simply playing outdoors — [...]

The Truth about Buying for Your New Baby

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Random|

The editors of a popular baby website have compiled for their large community of moms-to-be a list of the best strollers around. One such model reminded the editorial panel of a transformer, and the group collectively gushed about how you can even charge your cell phone with this bad boy. This stroller, like all the editors [...]

Natural Medicine Guide for Moms

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Random|

There's nothing alarming about a four-year old having eczema. Unless, of course, the US Food and Drug Administration links the steroid cream you've been applying to the kid's eczema - almost nightly - to lymphoma. So then can I panic? Don't bother answering. (I panicked.) And since everyone knows it's silly to waste a perfectly good [...]