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5 “Earth Friendly” Labels that Can Mean Nothing

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Shopping & Money|

Sometimes the sneakiest marketing is on a product's package, playing right into your earth-friendly focus when really, the words are distractions costing you more but helping much less. Here are the occasions when higher-priced products may be greener only when it comes to the money-making strategies of the companies selling them.    Without oxygen, nothing is "biodegradable." [...]

The Cost of Raising Kids: $233,610

By | March 5th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

Don't shoot the messenger here because it's the government (not the well-meaning financial bloggers) who calculate the cost of raising kids from birth to age 17. So yes, as you saw in our headline, this year's total is $233,610. For each child. (Though second and third and forth kids tend to cost less because the housing cost stay [...]

Fight Cell Phone Radiation For Free

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Health & Money, Mom-o-nomics|

  Yes, radiation is bad but no, a "shield" won't help. Reports from the World Health Organization have us terrified over the radiation traveling from our kids' phones to their heads, which means of course, there's a buck to be made. Some companies tell us they've developed shields that reduce exposure from electromagnetic emissions but [...]

Baby Slings: How to Carry (& Spend) Carefully

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Health & Money|

Baby slings don't just look dangerous, they actually are very dangerous. In just over a decade, 17 babies had died Baby slings can suffocate infants, but even with new regulations. a few former precautions still apply. (17 too many) and 140 were injured. So the government stepped in with new regulations but that won't be in effect for more than [...]

Amazon Gift Cards Work Only One Place

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Mom-o-nomics, Recalls and Scams, Shopping & Money|

Amazon gift cards work only one place. Ah, the post-holiday hangover – we’ve all got pounds to lose and a gift cards to spend. For the weight, you’re on your own (Personally, I can say only that eliminating vodka is a good start but not enough...) As for the gift cards, it’s important to [...]

Pay Less for Aging Parents

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Families & The Economy, Happiness & Money, Random|

Aging parents: there could be help for paying those bills. It's our turn to care for them - our aging parents - and while many of us are fine with the responsibility, some of us short on the funds. Here's your financial break: many of our parents will qualify for help for paying cell phone bills, energy bills, medical bills and prescription drugs. Telephone and [...]

Spying Toys Record Kids’ Private Conversations

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

  The "My Friend Cayla" dolls is sold as a friend but won't keep any secrets. At least two toys here for the holidays are collecting and recording our kids voices and their private information while sharing it with a countless number of parties, according to   a complaint filed by four child advocacy groups, [...]

Shadow of Mordor: Fake Reviews for Real Money

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU|

Parents who find the Shadow of Mordor in your kid's video game consoles can prepare to be angry. (And good news, not at your kid!) Rather - for this moment, anyway - you can direct your scorn to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which paid important YouTube influencers - most likely the same influencers your kid turned to when deciding [...]

This Baby Medicine Contains Lead

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money, Recalls and Scams|

Bentonite Me Baby - a medicinal clay babies could ingest - was found to contain dangerous levels of lead.   Bentonite Me Baby - a clay that was supposed to be safe for our babies to ingest and wear on their skin - was found to contain dangerous levels of lead, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In [...]

Reverse of the Rising Cell Phone Bill

By | February 18th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

Cell phone bills are on the rise, but here's how to shrink them. It's not clear whether we needed our nation's top economists studying this issue, but a new government report proves what most of us can surmise after glancing over at our kids: cell phone spending has drastically increased over the past seven years. We managed [...]