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November 2019

TV junk food advertising aimed at kids continues to increase, study shows

An analysis of 72 hours of children’s television programming in 2018 found that junk-food marketing hasn’t decreased since 2012. Almost all the food and beverage advertisements reviewed during the analysis were for unhealthy products. Read more →

Shop smart this holiday season with these 10 tips

With Black Friday as just the beginning, retailers are flooding the airwaves, internet, and newspapers with “deals.” To help consumers get through the holiday spending season, here are 10 tips top to help shoppers make good choices and keep from overspending. Read more →

It’s Black Friday: Are you ready?

It’s estimated that 116 million people will be shopping on Black Friday, either in stores or online. It’s the biggest shopping day of the year, and it can be a good day to find bargains if you’ve compared prices and done research on which stores are offering the best deals. Read more →

Facts and figures for Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we cherish most, such as friends and family. Last year, Americans spent billions preparing for Thanksgiving. It's also the start of the holiday seasons with consumers spending more than $6.2 billion on Black Friday shopping in 2018. Read more →

Yamaha recalls portable generators due to fire and burn hazards

Yamaha is recalling about 10,100 2018 and 2019 Yamaha portable generators. The generator’s fuel tank can leak gasoline, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves model 2018 and 2019 Yamaha EF2000iS portable generators, with serial numbers 4543288 through 4553706. Read more →

Baby boomers get ready for the holidays and look beyond

I’m stressed. The holidays are coming, and I’ve been working on my book about my journalism career instead of getting ready. However, I put on a “full court press” and have sent out my holiday cards and presents. Whew. It was a big job to do in a couple of weeks. Read more →

Best places to shop on Black Friday 2019

I gave up on Black Friday years ago. I went with my daughter in Sacramento. It was my idea to go to the mall and get some great deals. However, we didn’t do any research, so we didn’t “happen into” anything great. I told her on my next visits, I’d rather go for a hike. Read more →