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April 2022

More than 1 million hot glue guns recalled by Dollar Tree due to fire and burn risks

Dollar Tree is recalling about 1,025,000 Crafter’s Square glue guns in the United States and 21,900 in Canada. The glue gun can malfunction when plugged in, posing fire and burn risks. Dollar Tree has received seven reports of electrical malfunctions when using the glue guns. Read more →


Easter, Passover, and Ramadan converge in a rare celebration of holy days

On Friday, Jewish people celebrated Passover to celebrate the exodus of Israelites from enslavement in Egypt, and Christians observed Good Friday to mark the crucifixion of Jesus before celebrating Easter Sunday when he rose from the dead. And Muslims are continue observing Ramadan, a month of prayers and fasting to celebrate the Koran. Read more →


Facts and figures for Easter 2022

What are your plans for Easter? Eighty percent of consumers plan to celebrate Easter this year and will spend an average $169.79, according to the National Retail Federation. Total spending for the holiday is estimated to be $20.8 billion, down slightly from last year's forecast of $21.6 billion. Read more →


Check out this list of banks that have stopped charging NSF fees and those that haven’t

Some large banks have announced they’re eliminating non-sufficient fund or NSF fees on their checking accounts. It’s a positive development, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said. These changes mean consumers will pay about 50 percent less in fees each year, an annual savings of about $1 billion. Read more →


Giant retailers rake in huge profits as consumers struggle with rising food prices

Following the latest Consumer Price Index report showing that food costs went up 10 percent since last year, earnings information released by Albertsons Companies shows that it reported $1.6 billion in 2021 fiscal year income — a 90 percent increase from 2020 — after passing on increased costs to consumers. Read more →


Wall beds sold online by Costco and Amazon recalled after elderly woman crushed to death

About 129,000 Bestar wall beds are being recalled in the United States due to serious impact and crushing hazards. In addition, Bestar sold about 53,000 wall beds in Canada. In July 2018, a 79-year-old woman died after a Bestar wall bed fell on her, injuring her spine. Read more →


Leading retail and clothing brands lack commitment to stop use of dangerous PFAS, report shows

A scorecard ranking PFAS policy commitments from leading retail and apparel brands shows that Levi Strauss & Co. earned the highest mark for already eliminating PFAS from its supply chain. However, brands such as Macy’s Inc., Nordstrom, Costco, and others received low or failing marks. Read more →


What to buy and not buy in April

Spring is here, and while April isn’t the best month for bargains, you’ll probably be able to find savings. The key is to compare prices. DealNews.com suggests looking for discounts on these items: Spring apparel. Usually, you can’t find sales for clothing until the end of the season. Read more →


Bloggers ponder the slap, pundits, spring, and more

It's time to take look at what my blogger friends are up to as April showers are bringing May flowers. In “Am I Just an Old Fogey?,” Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty wonders whether it’s O.K. for Jen Psaki, President Biden’s press secretary, to leave her job and work for MSNBC as a program host on Peacock and an analyst. Read more →