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Food & Alcohol

When is Zero Trans Fat Really Zero?

Published on June 4th, 2012 by TINA

You have probably seen the “0 grams trans fat” label on everything from spreads to chips at the supermarket.  Trans fats are now known to raise your bad cholesterol, increasing your risk of stroke and heart ... Read More

Jewelry & Art

Don’t Fall for Faux Navajo Jewelry

Published on April 27th, 2012 by TINA

Though there are laws in place to protect artists and consumers from misrepresentation of Native American arts and crafts products, it doesn’t always protect buyers from scam artists. An investigation by the Indian Arts and Crafts ... Read More


Check Out that For-Profit College Before Enrolling

Published on April 24th, 2012 by TINA

Before enrolling in a for-profit college, check out this government investigation of 15 colleges that  revealed questionable practices that potential students should be mindful of when considering where to enroll.  The investigation conducted in August 2010 ... Read More


Preventing Kids from Smoking is Still a Battle

Published on April 17th, 2012 by TINA

According to the FDA, every day almost 3,500 kids pick up their first cigarette.  What’s worse is that a quarter of those kids (850 of them) become daily cigarette smokers. For years, the FTC and FDA ... Read More


Energy Star Asks for a Mulligan

Published on April 12th, 2012 by TINA

If you’ve ever shopped around for a household appliance or new heating system, you’ve probably seen this sticker:   Energy Star was created in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of ... Read More

Credit & Loans


Published on March 15th, 2012 by TINA

Perhaps no segment of our economy is more confusing to the normal, everyday consumer than  financial services.  Whether it’s the lingo, such as , HECM, , etc., the laws, or the tricky fine print, many of ... Read More


Don’t Let Some Ads Get the Best of Your Pet

Published on January 27th, 2012 by TINA

  The market for pet-related products has soared in the past decade.  The American Pet Products Association (APPA) estimates that the industry now generates over $50 billion in sales annually, an increase of nearly 80% in ... Read More


It’s Not Just a Phone, It’s a Medical Device

Published on January 26th, 2012 by TINA

Close to 15,000 people were duped into buying phone apps that were touted as curing acne.  Using deceptive advertising, the marketers of two different apps were able to convince acne sufferers that the health of their ... Read More


Best Bets for Buying a Car or Truck

Published on January 23rd, 2012 by TINA

Over $10 billion a year is spent on advertising cars and trucks, which results in an endless stream of television, Internet, and print ads promoting the almighty auto. Some of the ads from the automakers are ... Read More


Maintenance Plans

Published on January 23rd, 2012 by TINA

Maintenance plans – also commonly referred to as “service plans” – are sold by car dealerships at the time of purchase (leases include a scheduled maintenance plan) and are sometimes offered for free as an incentive ... Read More


To lease or to buy? The Age Old Auto Debate

Published on January 23rd, 2012 by TINA

The age-old debate: to lease or to buy?  We could go on and on about depreciation and interest costs, what you’re paying for in a lease versus what you’re paying for in a purchase (and over ... Read More

Credit & Loans

Ameriquest: Success or Scam?

Published on January 21st, 2012 by TINA

An American Success Story Between 1990 and 2008, was one of the most successful, lucrative business operations in the United States – an enormous success story.  The loans that the company originated during that time made ... Read More


Business Opportunities May Not be Opportunities at All

Published on January 21st, 2012 by TINA

Business opportunities can be appealing to many consumers because they offer people a chance to be their own boss.  In addition, these opportunities frequently claim to provide a fail-proof, “turn-key” business, complete with all the materials ... Read More

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