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What to do on Presidents’ Day

How’s your Presidents’ Day going? I got lucky and my daughter is visiting from Madrid. We’ve been checking out the sights in Seattle and getting together with her friends. If you need some ideas for activities for the holiday, consider the following: (1) Read biographies of Washington and Lincoln. (2) Ask five friends who their favorite president is and why. Read more →

Bissell recalls more than 156,000 vacuum cleaners due to fire risk

Bissell is recalling 142,000 vacuum cleaners in the United States and 14,600 in Canada. The battery pack of the Multi Reach Hand and Floor vacuum cleaners can overheat and smoke, posing a fire hazard. Bissell has received 17 reports of the recalled vacuum cleaners smoking and emitting a burning odor. Read more →

What to buy and not buy in February

Since many people emptied out their pocketbooks for holiday spending, by the time February rolls around, they’re probably still paying off their credit cards. However, there are big opportunities to shop and save in February. Here are some suggestions from on what bargains to look for in February: Read more →

As winter storms sweep the country, use these tips to avoid problems such as CO poisoning and fires

For about a week now, weather forecasters here in the Seattle area have been predicting about 6 inches of snow, unusual for this moderate climate. Fortunately, it looks like most of the area will get only a couple of inches, which should melt quickly. However, winter storms are impacting much of the country this week. Protect yourself with these tips:  Read more →

Money tips for 2024

Every week, I write and send out my newsletter Helpful Money Tips for You. This week’s newsletter has a number of financial tips that will be valuable to to you and your family during 2024. See it below. I’m getting a lot of compliments on the newsletter. People like it because it’s brief and has information from a variety of sources that they can put to use right away. Read more →

What to buy and not buy in January 2024

Although many people are tired of shopping after the holidays and the bank account may be low, sales in January are worth taking a look at. suggests: Holiday leftovers -- Holiday chocolates, decorations, holiday decor, and clothing are possibilities for savings. Small kitchen appliances -- Expect to see savings on a variety of small appliances. Read more →

Nearly 5 million portable blenders are being recalled due to possible fire and laceration risks

It’s a huge recall that’s making the front pages of newspapers as well as TV newscasts. I saw the blender at Costco and considered buying it. My old blender gave out, so I’m making smoothies in my food processor, which takes time to clean. I usually check out appliance purchases at Consumer Reports, so I skipped the impulse purchase. Read more →

Nearly 1 million Insignia pressure cookers are being recalled by Best Buy due to burn risks

Best Buy is recalling about 930,000 Insignia pressure cookers. Inaccurate volume markings inside the pot can cause overfilling, resulting in hot food and liquid erupting when the pressure cooker is opened, posing a burn risk to consumers. Best Buy has received 31 reports of the contents erupting, including 17 reports of burn injuries. Read more →

What to buy and not buy at Black Friday deals for 2023

Although Black Friday is a few weeks away, you can find lots of deals available so you can start comparing prices now. Like last year, the 2023 holiday sale season started early, with major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target offering big sitewide events in early October. A difference is this year prices will remain steady through Black Friday. Read more →

Are you and your home as safe as they can be from fires?

Today is the last day of Fire Prevention Week. I almost didn’t write anything because it upsets me so much every time I learn about a death in a fire. I’ve been writing about it for years. And, I’m not the only one. Still, deaths keep happening. From 2012 to 2021, the 10-year trend in the fire death rate per million population increased 18 percent in the United States. Read more →