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Full Price of Funerals is Sometimes Buried

Published on September 19th, 2012 by TINA

When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends are often in a state of despair.  And to make matters worse, they have to plan a funeral, an event that comes with lots of decision-making ... Read More


Can you trust an online review?

Published on August 29th, 2012 by TINA

In the fall of 2010, Todd Rutherford launched, a marketing service for self-published authors that provided book reviews for cash. Soon, he was making $28,000 a month writing reviews, almost all of which were exceedingly ... Read More

Food & Alcohol

Eat Your Way to Better Health: Food & Health Claims

Published on July 10th, 2012 by TINA

“Contains antioxidants” “Clinically Proven to Enhance Immune System” “Balances Digestive Health” Who wouldn’t want to eat their way to better health?  Ads and labels for food and beverage products today are chock-full of questionable and sometimes ... Read More

Food & Alcohol

Seeking the Truth in Food Labels

Published on July 3rd, 2012 by TINA

When cruising down the aisle of your favorite local supermarket, you may depend greatly on the packaging and labeling when deciding what food and beverage items or brands to buy.  You might expect the labels to ... Read More

Food & Alcohol

Where’s the Fruit?

Published on July 3rd, 2012 by TINA

It is not entirely unreasonable to expect “Blueberry Pomegranate” cereal to contain blueberries and pomegranate, fruits high in antioxidants that are all the rage now.  But don’t tell that to General Mills.  Here’s what’s listed on ... Read More


Junk Mail is Costly

Published on June 13th, 2012 by TINA

Ever wonder how much junk mail actually costs?  In just one state – Massachusetts, the estimated cost to cities and towns to dispose of the catalogs, flyers, phone books, and other junk mail that gets thrown ... Read More

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

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